Treatments

TreatmentsSome common medications to get rid of the smoking habit are:

Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)

Brand names are Habitrol and Nicoderm patches, Nicorette inhaler, lozenge and gum, Thrive lozenge and gum, and generic versions.

Non-Nicotine Medications

  • Bupropion SR – brand names Wellbutrin SR and Zyban
  • Varenicline tartrate (Champix)
  • Nortriptyline (Pamelor)
  • Clonidine (Catapres)

Lifestyle and Home remedies

When you quit smoking, you are likely to experience unpleasant nicotine withdrawals symptoms. To cope with these effects and to prevent relapse, you can try the following lifestyle and home remedies:

Exercise regularly:

This will help to reduce withdrawal symptoms and to prevent weight gain that often occurs after quitting smoking.

Be mindful of cravings:

Initially, there may be strong but brief cravings for nicotine. To overcome these cravings, keep yourself busy by eating a healthy snack, taking a leisurely stroll or by doing some household chores.

Resist temptation:

You might feel you need to smoke just one cigarette, which you determine will be the last one ever. But this “last” one can derail your goal. So, beware of this temptation and overcome it through will power.

Get support:

Talk to a counselor or therapist to overcome depression or anxiety caused by nicotine withdrawal.

Avoid tempting situations:

Keep away from triggers which may cause you to resume smoking like parties, certain friends, etc.

Take time to relax:

Lighten your workload and take time off to relax and enjoy the beautiful things in life.

Healthy diet:

Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits, stick to a regular meal schedule and drink lots of water every day.

Alternative Medicines to Quit Smoking

1) Acupuncture
2) The herb lobelia
3) The herb St. Johns Wort
4) Ginseng
5) Hypnotherapy