Quit Smoking Medication and Myths

Quit Smoking Medication and Myths


When talking about medications to help
people stop smoking it’s very important to dispel the myth that nicotine causes
cancer. The facts are that nicotine does not cause cancer. Now let me repeat that,
nicotine does not cause cancer. It’s all the other chemicals in cigarette smoke
that are so dangerous. The US Food and Drug Administration has approved as safe
and effective seven medications for treating tobacco dependence. Using
medications during an attempt to stop smoking doubles your chances of stopping. For most smokers, withdrawal symptoms are big concern. For some people, they aren’t
that bad but others get anxious, depressed and of course become very
irritable. Unfortunately, you don’t know how nicotine withdrawal is going to
affect you until you stop smoking. Practicing separating cigarettes from
your triggers before you quit is a good way to get prepared for what you’re
going to feel once you stop smoking. And to prevent you from giving up in smoking
a cigarette at the first sign of a bad mood, we strongly recommend using a
medications such as nicotine replacement products or one of the two approved non-
nicotine medications. There are now five nicotine replacement medications and two non-nicotine medications that have been proven to help people to stop
smoking and are approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to treat tobacco
dependence. However, there are also a bunch of other products that just claim
to work but rarely do so it can be confusing trying to sort through this.
The important thing to know is that you should definitely use a medication that
has been determined to be safe and effective by the Food and Drug
Administration. Now in general, there are two different kinds of medications,
nicotine replacement medications, which provide your body with a small dose of
nicotine to replace some of the nicotine you lose when you stop smoking and
non-nicotine medications which act on the receptors in your brain to help you
stop smoking. If you use them correctly, all these medications have been shown to
at least double your chances of stopping smoking.

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