Have you decided you are ready to quit smoking but don’t know how you will do it? Or maybe you are already cutting back but having trouble stopping altogether. We have treatment options to guide and support you as you quit smoking. It’s not easy, but you can do it.
When you are ready to quit smoking creating a quit plan is one of the most effective things you can do. As part of your quit plan, you’ll need to consider your strategy for quitting. The following are the most common methods used to quit smoking:
- “Cold turkey” method
- Nicotine replacement with gums, patches, or inhalers
- Prescription medications
The cold turkey method requires the most willpower and is difficult for many people. With this method, you attempt to abruptly stop smoking and not restart.
Nicotine replacement options are designed to lessen cravings. You will use nicotine replacement as you decrease your smoking. The dose of nicotine you’ll need will depend on how heavily you smoke. As you progress, you will wean down the dose of the nicotine replacement product until you no longer require it to control cravings. Many nicotine replacement products are available without a prescription. However, nicotine inhalers and nasal spray will require prescriptions.
Two medications are commonly prescribed to help quit smoking. Medications are designed to help decrease withdrawal and cravings. Medications are started a week before your quit date to ensure they are in your system and working.
Bupropion (Zyban, Wellbutrin) is a medication in the antidepressant category. However, it has been found to decrease cravings when trying to stop smoking.
Varenicline (Chantix) helps with craving and withdrawal symptoms. This medicine will also make smoking less pleasurable if you do start again after quitting.
If you are ready to quit smoking, let us help ensure your success. Our healthcare providers will recommend a program and method individualized for you.