What treatments can help me stop smoking?

Michael Lau, PhD
One type of treatment involves scheduled smoking. This strategy includes reducing an individual’s nicotine intake gradually over a period of a few weeks by getting nicotine users to agree t increase the time between cigarettes for example. The cigarettes are smoked on a schedule provided by a treatment team, not when the smoker feels an intense craving. By doing this, the individual’s smoking behavior is controlled by the passage of time rather than by urges, mood states, or situations.

Another type of treatment is reducing a smokers craving for nicotine by providing it in a different way -- this is called nicotine replacement treatment. The idea behind nicotine replacement treatment is to help smokers endure the nicotine withdrawal that accompanies any effort to stop smoking.

Finally, the use of certain types of pharmacotherapy for smoking cessation has included the drug clonidine and silver acetate. Also, the use of Varenicline has shown to be effective for the treatment of nicotine dependence.
Robert S. Kaufmann, MD
Internal Medicine
Chantix is the newest option to quit smoking. It helps to tell your brain to quit smoking. It requires 3 months of meds. Other options are nicotine supplements which come in patch or gum. They help you decrease your craving and slowly wean you off nicotine. Last is zyban which helps decrease the cravings of stopping smoking.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
We have a lot of treatments in our black bags to help you quit cigarettes. On the support side, you can arrange one-on-one or group counseling. Programs can be tailored specifically for you, or you can partake in universal step-by-step programs. You can find them at hospitals, clinics and community centers. Sometimes, these programs are conducted by healthcare professionals, and sometimes they're run by former smokers like you. There are telephone quit lines, Web-based programs, and mobile applications too.

We also have a slew of medications. We have nicotine replacement therapies that come in a variety of doses and formats (gum, patch, spray and inhaler) and drugs specifically approved for smoking cessation (Chantix and Zyban). Explore them all with your doctor. Combining supportive programs with medication might give you the best chance of succeeding.
There are nicotine replacement therapies that involve receiving nicotine via gum, inhaler, nasal spray, lozenge, or a transdermal skin patch. There is counseling in person, online, or via telephone; this counseling can involve short-term therapy, cognitive behavioral modification, or motivational enhancement techniques. There are also medications including varenicline (Chantix) and bupropion (Zyban).
Irwin Isaacs
There are medical treatments that you can learn about from your physician. There are also non-medical treatments, such as hypnotherapy, counseling, personal coaching, and support groups.
Several treatments exist to help you quit smoking by getting you past your craving for nicotine. These include prescription medications; nicotine replacement products such as gums, patches, lozenges and nasal sprays; as well as acupuncture, hypnotherapy or other alternative therapies. A combination of treatments, counseling or joining a support group can increase your chances of success.
Several over-the-counter products can be used to help you stop smoking, including gum, patches and lozenges. These products contain nicotene to help ease the craving for the substance. Non-nicotine-containing prescription medications, which have been found to help with smoking cessation and reduce cravings, include bupropion (Wellbutrin and Zyban) and Varenicline (Chantix). Finally, a few nicotine-containing prescription medications include a nicotine nasal spray and a nicotine inhalant. While any one of the above options can help to stop smoking, they usually work better if they are used as part of  a comprehensive plan and approach to quitting.
Tobacco remains among the most addictive of all substances, but effective options are now available for the estimated 46 million Americans who smoke to help them quit. “As recently as the 1980s, the approach to quitting consisted mostly of counseling by physicians for patients to stop,” says UCLA internist Mark S. McGowan, M.D. “Now there are many effective smoking-cessation programs, as well as the introduction of nicotine replacement and non-nicotine medications, which have increased the success rates. As an increasing number of smokers seek help to quit, “people can work with their doctor to determine which approach is right for them,” says UCLA internist Michelle Rios, M.D.

Available treatments include nicotine replacement products, most of which are available over the counter, to help wean the body off nicotine. These products tend to fall into two categories: the nicotine patch, a bandage-like device that sustains a continuous level of nicotine in the blood, and short-acting products including gums, lozenges, lollipops, nasal sprays and inhalers that provide a quick boost to assist with cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

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