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  What Quit Smoking Medications Are Available?
  There are 8 medications that are approved for smoking cessation. Five of the eight are nicotine replacement. The next is an herbal supplement. The final two work differently in our bodies. The first three we will discuss are across the counter and do not require a Physician’s prescription. They are all designed to give you a slow release of nicotine manufactured in a lab that is slowly absorbed by the body to wean you off nicotine of which you have become so dependent.

The nicotine patch is the first aid we will discuss. The nicotine patch is a three step process. The patches are 21mg, 14mg and 7mg. The plan is to use the 21mg patch for six weeks. Place the new patch somewhere on the upper body each day. If you have any difficulty with your skin, skin cessation, skin irritation, clean the area and apply cortisone cream but never put a package in the same place a successive day. After six weeks, drop down to the 14mg patch. Again a new patch every day. After 2 to 4 weeks drop down to the third patch the 7mg, a new patch every day. The patches can be placed anywhere on the upper body but is it is important to remember not to place a patch in the same place as a previous patch has been. It is important to use the patch long enough. Many people that have been unsuccessful with the patch will stop using them after 2 to 3 days. If you smoke 10 or more cigarettes a day, it is important that you do the full 12-14 week program that is recommended by the manufacture of the nicotine patch.

The second approach is the nicotine lozenge. The idea is to place the lozenge along the gums which can allow the nicotine to be absorbed by the lining of the mouth. The third is the nicotine gum again it’s designed to be true but not like regular gum. It too is also designed to be placed in the mouth but to be chewed like regular gum and allow the nicotine to be released and slowly absorbed through the lining of your mouth. Both the lozenge and the gum come in 2mg and 4mg strengths. Depending on the number of cigarettes you smoke per day or the time you have your first cigarette in the morning.

The forth product requires a prescription. It is a nicotine nasal spray. Absorbed through the mucus lining of the nose, not to be sniffed but to be placed on the lining and allowed to be absorbed through the nostrils.

The fifth is the nicotine inhaler. This is when you have a vile of nicotine that you place in a container that resembles a cigarette. You actually puff or smoke the nicotine out of the container. Many people have found this to be beneficial, because it exercises the hand to mouth action that you have become so accustomed to as a smoker.

The sixth is the herbal supplement Vidirex. This product does not induce nicotine nor does it chemically interact with your brain receptors. Vidirex is an all natural pill which stops the any craving you may experience in addition to giving you the nutrients to help your body repair itself from years of neglect.

The seventh Product is Bupropion which is not a nicotine replacement. Bupropion is also marketed as Zyban for smoking cessation. It is an oral medication. You are allowed to smoke for the first 7 days while taking the medication. To give it time to build up in the blood stream. Day 8 is quit day and that is the day you are to get rid of your cigarettes, your lighters, your matches. Bupropion acts differently as it helps to release a chemical called dopamine, which is the chemical that gives your body pleasure, something that the cigarette has done for you. It helps you get over the blues which also accompanies smoking cessation.

The eighth product is Chantix. It is a product the acts even more differently than the others. Chantix basically blocks the nicotine receptors in the brain so that your body cannot absorb the nicotine. So it helps to break the physical addition to the nicotine. The Chantix is designed like the other products to be taken over a 12 week period. Some physicians are prescribing an additional 3 months, if patients are at high risk for relapse