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Smoking Cessation Drug

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Smoking-cessation Drugs are medicines that are used to help people stop smoking cigarettes or using other forms of tobacco.


Why are smoking cessation drugs used?

People who smoke cigarettes find it very difficult to give up smoking. This is because they pick up this habit of smoking while doing some tasks like having a cup of coffee or reading the newspaper or in while in stress that it becomes very difficult to break the habit as tobacco contains Nicotine. When we talk about nicotine, it is basically a drug that some people find as addictive as Cocaine or Heroin.


Many who try to give up smoking or stop smoking face withdrawal symptoms like as follows:

  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Lack of concentration
  • Lack of sleep
  • Craving for tobacco etc.

Some people can stop smoking through willpower alone, but this is usually very rare. That is why physicians recommend a formal stop-smoking program with support from friends and family. Heavy tobacco users may find that the smoking-cessation drugs help by easing their withdrawal symptoms. The reason behind this is that these drugs contain nicotine but in small, steady doses spread out over many hours. On the otherhand, when person smokes a cigarette, Nicotine enters the lungs and then travels to the brain within seconds, delivering the "rush", the "feel" that smokers come to crave. Moreover, these drugs do not contain the tar and carbon monoxide that make cigarettes so harmful to people's health.



Popular Smoking Cessation Drugs

Smoking Cessation Drugs are also referred as Nicotine Substitution products or Nicotine Replacement therapy. They are available in the form of chewing gum, skin patch, nasal spray, and inhaler. These are available only with a prescription. But there are non-prescription smoking cessation drug or OTC drugs. People who OTC products should check with a pharmacist before starting to use them. Some commonly used brands of Smoking Cessation products are

  • Nicoderm
  • Nicotrol
  • Habitrol
  • ProStep
  • Nicorette
  • Bupropion (Zyban)
The last one contains no Nicotine. All others contain Nicotine.

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