This time will be the right one, you have decided to stop smoking. To find out which method will most easily help you meet this challenge.
You have decided to stop but are not sure yet what to do. There are many methods to achieve this. Which one is right for you?
Tobacco consultation ܃
The consultation in tobacco is an important step in the process of future ex-smoker. The consultation will make it possible to establish the smoking profile, the degree of dependence, to set up the most adapted method of weaning according to that. The tobacco specialist prescribes the appropriate treatment and follow-up consultations will be scheduled regularly to accompany weaning.
The use of nicotine substitutes increases the chances of successfully quitting smoking by 50% to 70%. They compensate for some of the nicotine cravings felt at the time of smoking cessation. The nicotine that was inhaled with the smoke passed quickly through the blood and brain, and then created a physical dependency. At the stop smoking, the sensation of lack is felt. Nicotine substitutes reduce withdrawal symptoms and the risk of relapse. They bring the dose of nicotine but without inhaling the toxic substances, tars, carbon monoxide and irritating gases contained in the cigarette. There are different forms.
Patches are devices used to administer a dose of nicotine through the skin in a controlled manner and for a specified period (16 or 24 hours). The patches are available as a nicotine dose ranging from 21 mg to 5 mg per day. To be effective, the dosage must be adapted to the degree of dependence of the smoker.
GUMES OR “CHEWING-GUM” IN NICOTINE
Chewing gums diffuse nicotine which is absorbed by the oral mucosa. They can be taken regularly or as soon as the desire to smoke is felt. In general, 8 to 12 gums are used daily at the beginning, then the doses are gradually reduced. The dose must be adapted to the smoking addiction of the smoker. The ideal is to suck a few moments before chewing slowly, then pause before chewing again. The use of each eraser lasts about 30 minutes.
SUBLINGUAL AND SUGAR TABLETS
Nicotine tablets exist in sublingual form and to suck. They can diffuse nicotine punctually, which will be absorbed by the oral mucosa. The goal, fight against a desire to smoke to avoid relapse. It is possible to associate them with the use of the patch. The sublingual tablets should be placed under the tongue and let it melt for about twenty minutes. They are dosed at 2mg. The tablets to be sucked exist in two dosages: 1 mg and 2 mg, according to the smoking behavior. They dissolve little by little in the mouth after 20 to 30 minutes of sucking by releasing the nicotine gradually. Again, to be effective, it is necessary to consume enough, generally 8 to 12 per day or more if necessary, without exceeding the maximum doses indicated on the record.
The nicotine inhaler consists of a mouthpiece with a cartridge that looks like a cigarette holder and delivers nicotine in the form of oral inhalations. With each use, the user aspirates through the mouthpiece the air loaded with nicotine microdroplets that are diffused through the oral mucosa before reaching the bloodstream. In case of want to smoke, the user inhales a puff that provides him about 5 mg of nicotine. The advantage is both to have a dose of nicotine but also to keep the smoker’s gesture for the most addicted. It is suitable for a sudden stop as a progressive stop where it will replace some cigarettes.
The drugs are used to suppress or even reduce the symptoms of lack. Several treatments can be offered.
THE BUPROPION ZYBAN®
Nicotine in tobacco has an effect on the nervous system. By binding to neuronal receptors, it releases a chemical message, dopamine, which gives a sensation of pleasure. Originally used as an antidepressant in the United States, buproprion (Zyban) helps to reduce or eliminate the urge to smoke. It acts on the central nervous system by inhibiting the reuptake of dopamine triggered by nicotine. It then reduces the pleasure of smoking and the symptoms of lack. It is aimed at highly dependent smokers. It is contraindicated in pregnant and lactating women.
Alternative medicine to stop smoking
The alternative medicine is sometimes presented as an alternative, but especially to give a boost in addition to the basic treatment and under certain conditions. Indeed, studies prove that it provides results that are still not very effective when one wishes to quit smoking and that they should not be used as first-line drugs.
Acupuncture is an alternative method proposed to stop smoking. It is a practice of Chinese medicine that uses thin needles to rebalance the energies. Its effectiveness has not been proven and is not recommended as first line. It can be an aid when it is associated with nicotine substitutes, medicines. It does not have a contraindication.
Hypnosis is increasingly being considered by smokers who want to wean themselves off. Its goal is to change the perception that one has of the cigarette in order to detach itself from it physically as well as psychologically. Its effectiveness has not been scientifically proven in the context of smoking cessation but it is not risky for health and can very well be used in addition to another method.
Homeopathy in the context of smoking cessation acts on cravings, reduces cravings and anxiety. The standard treatment is Argentum Nitricum 15 CH combined with Gelsemium 15 CH and Nux Vomica 5CH. Again, the effectiveness has not been scientifically proven. The advantage of this method is that it has few side effects. But it should not be used excluding other treatments.