Quit Smoking: Nicotine Replacement Therapy

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Do you want to stay healthy? If yes then why is it so hard for you to quit smoking? Why do you keep yourself indulged in this bad habit, all the time? The present health scenario is such that if you eat more, you get ill; if you drink more, you end up feeling unwell; then where is the scope left to imbibe something as worst as smoking in your lifestyle.

Here, the role of nicotine replacement therapy comes into light to help you quit smoking. Nicotine replacement therapy is not all about nicotine. It is about picking the good over the bad. It is not going to help if you quit smoking and pick up some other bad habit.

Nicotine replacement therapies are available in different varieties which help you in fighting the cravings. They decrease or stop the cravings and make it easier for you to cope with the withdrawal symptoms. They are administered by providing user controlled doses of nicotine without the other harmful components of cigarette smoke. The nicotine replacement therapy can be availed of in the following different ways:

1) Nicotine nasal spray
2) Nicotine patches
3) Nicotine inhalers
4) Nicotine gums
5) Nicotine lozenges

All these nicotine replacement products are approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). While the nicotine patches, gums and lozenges are easily available as 'over the counter' products, the nicotine nasal sprays and inhalers can be purchased only with a physician's prescription.

As a smoker is going through the phase of kicking the habit, he needs some other means as a cushion to support him in the difficult times. When a smoker quits smoking, he suffers from some physical nicotine withdrawal symptoms. To cope with these symptoms you should use the nicotine replacement therapies with some behavioral therapies to get the best results. These behavioral therapies or programs are recommended to help the smokers break their psychological or mental dependence on cigarettes.

However, there are some preconditions to using the nicotine replacement therapy. People with certain medical conditions such as asthma should abstain from using it. Pregnant women should also not use it. It is important that people who are using these therapies should not smoke as it will add up to receiving double doses of nicotine which could sometimes prove fatal.