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Nicotine Replacement Information
Can medicines really help me quit?
There are many medicines that can help you quit smoking. At first, you may feel depressed, have trouble sleeping, or just not feel like yourself. This means that your body is going through withdrawal, or getting used to not having nicotine. These symptoms only last a few weeks and medicines can help give you some relief. Most help you quit by giving you small, steady doses of nicotine. Using them can double your chances of quitting for good. Talk to your health care provider about which of these medicines is right for you.
The following is a list of Nicotine replacement therapy that might help you in quitting smoking. Talk to your health care provider. He/she will decide which, if any, will be right for you.
Nicotine patch - worn on the skin and supplies a steady amount of nicotine to the body through the skin. You may buy this medicine over the counter.
Nicotine gum - releases nicotine into the bloodstream through the lining in your mouth. You may buy this medicine over the counter.
Nicotine nasel spray - inhaled through your nose and passes into your bloodstream. Your health care provider can provide this medine.
Nicotine inhaler - inhaled through the mouth and is absorbed in your mouth and throat, but not in the lungs. Your health care provider can provide this medicine.
Bupropion SR (Zybzn a) - is a medicine that has no nicotine but may help you quit. It is an anti-depressant that helps relieve withdrawal symptoms and the urge to smoke. Your health care provider can prescribe this medicine.
Not everyone can take these medicines. If you are pregnant or have heart problems, be sure to talk with your health care provider before using any of them.