What are the treatment options for nicotine addiction recovery?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

If you want to quit smoking, you have several options. Setting a quit date is very important, but deciding how to quit is important as well. You can quit immediately and experience the effects of withdrawal, or you can choose a variety of cessation techniques. Behavior modification, counseling, or nicotine replacement products like gum, a patch, or nasal sprays may help minimize withdrawal symptoms. Bupropion, an antidepressant, may be used to complement products designed to reduce nicotine slowly. Varenicline, which affects the brain-nicotine relationship and decreases both withdrawal symptoms and cravings, must be used alone.

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