Can Prescription Medications Help Smokers Quit?

Prescription medications to a great extent aid people to quit smoking.  For example Nicotine Replacement Therapy or NRT effectively helps individuals to put a stop on smoking by minimizing their cravings for nicotine present in cigarettes. The first example of such medication is the nicotine patch which is applied on the surface of the skin and it allows only small quantity of nicotine to enter the body.

With time the user can reduce the dose and finally can stop it completely. The second form of medication is the use of nicotine gum which when chewed releases nicotine that gets absorbed by the tissues in the mouth. These gums have different magnitude of nicotine (2mg or 4 mg) and the dose can be reduced with time. Another example is nicotine lozenge that is used in the same way as nicotine gums. Thirdly there is a nicotine inhaler through which a person can inhale a restricted amount of nicotine. The fourth type of medication is the nicotine nasal spray which when sprayed inside the nose releases a specific amount of nicotine which helps in controlling a person’s desire to smoke. Other examples are Varenicline, Bupropion, Nortriptyline, and Clonidine.

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