Products to Help You Quit Smoking

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A number of countries have implemented programs and policies to encourage and motivate smokers to quit. The average smoker, addicted to nicotine may require some sort of hand holding to enable him to actually quit.

As most smokers will testify, kicking the habit? is quite a difficult thing to do. Falling back to old ways is quite normal. Nicotine is actually a very? addictive substance which induces an intense craving which if ignored can lead to some pretty serious withdrawal symptoms which include irritation, anger, weight gain, concentration problems, depression, headaches, fatigue, constipation, restlessness, insomnia, dizziness and anxiety.

In order to cope with withdrawal symptoms several products which deliver the right amount of nicotine have been developed. These products provide the nicotine without the harmful effects of cigarette smoke

Some of the successful products are as follows:
Nicotine patches: Patches provide a measured dose of nicotine through the skin. The user is gradually weaned off the addiction by gradually decreasing the dosage. The patches are available with or without prescriptions in different strengths.

Nicotine gum: This is a fast acting form of nicotine delivery since it acts through the mucous membrane of the mouth. It can be bought over the counter and comes in strengths of 2 and 4 mg. The chewing gum is a good option for people who have sensitive skin and are therefore unable to use the patch. It can be used anytime you feel the urge to smoke. It is recommended not to eat or drink anything acidic up to 15 minutes before using the gum.

Nicotine nasal spray: The spray delivers the nicotine swiftly to the blood stream as it is absorbed through the nose. This is available only by prescription. The spray works immediately to offer relief from withdrawal symptoms and gives the user a sense of control over nicotine craving. The FDA has ruled that the spray is addictive and should not be continuously for? more than 6 months.

Nicotine inhalers: Based on the concept of a nasal inhaler, nicotine inhalers were first introduced in the market in 1998. It is available only with a doctor?s prescription.

Nicotine lozenges: This is the most recent product for quitting smoking available in the market. It has been? approved by the FDA as an over the counter drug. It is available in strengths of 2 and 4 mg. Dosage is based on how long the smoker takes after waking up to smoke his first cigarette. The lozenge manufacturer recommends using the products as a part of a 12 month program which helps in quitting smoking definitely.

More products are in the pipeline to help fight the battle against nicotine addiction and will probably be introduced very soon. The existing products ensure success in giving up this health hazard provided that the directions are followed very carefully. Giving up smoking can lead us to a long and healthy life.