Quit medications may double your chances of quitting successfully.
The journey of quitting smoking includes:
- Overcoming the physical addiction to nicotine
- Learning how to live without tobacco
Quit medications work for you by reducing the intensity and frequency of withdrawel symptoms and urges, but they cannot do all the work for you.
Quit medications include:
- Over-the-Counter (OTC) drugs – nicotine replacement patch, gum, lozenge, inhaler
- Prescription drugs –Varenicline (Chantix) and Bupropion (e.g., Wellbutrin, Zyban)
Ask your doctor about options that may be right for you.
Understanding Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms
When you stop smoking, your body may go through a physical withdrawal from nicotine, which may lessen over time. Here are some of those common nicotine withdrawal symptoms to be aware of:
- Depressed mood
- Feelings of frustration
- Urge to smoke
- Difficulty concentrating
- Increased appetite
If you experience some of these symptoms, remember, they are part of the quitting process. They will resolve, and knowing what to expect can help you be better prepared.
Treat Your Symptoms
Remember, these problems do not last long, and they are signs that your body is healing. Once you make it through a week or two, you’ll be on your way to feeling a lot better!
If you are experiencing...
- Cough, dry mouth, nasal drip - drink plenty of fluids. Try cough drops.
- Headaches - use over-the-counter pain relievers. Take a warm bath or shower. Rest.
- Dizziness - take extra precaution when rising from a lying or seated position. Move slowly.
- Constipation, gas or stomach pain - drink lots of fluids. Add fiber to your diet (fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, cereals). Walk daily.
- Hunger - drink water or low-calorie liquids. Be prepared with low-calorie snacks such as raw vegetables and dry or fresh fruit.
- Fatigue - get at least eight hours of sleep at night. Take naps. Stay active. Consider nicotine replacement therapy.
- Insomnia - avoid caffeine after 6pm. Take warms baths or do a relaxation exercise before going to bed.
- Irritability - go for walks. Do the relaxation exercise. Try using a quit smoking medication.
- Lack of concentration - plan workload accordingly. Avoid extra stress as much as possible during the first few weeks.
- Cravings for cigarette - wait out the urge. Urges last only a few minutes. Use the four D's: Delay, Deep breathe, Drink water, Distract yourself to take your mind off smoking.
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