There are several stop-smoking products that are scientifically proved to help you quit smoking. They can’t do all the work, but using stop-smoking products can help you feel more comfortable and in control while you adjust to life without cigarettes. In fact, they double your odds of quitting for good.
Although you can buy some stop-smoking products without a prescription, it’s best to consult your doctor to decide which medications — or combination of medications — may be best for you. Follow the directions printed on the label of the stop-smoking products your doctor has recommended. Note any warnings or precautions and discuss possible drug interactions with your doctor or pharmacist.
The nicotine patch provides a steady release of nicotine.
The nicotine patch is a small, self-adhesive patch that slowly releases nicotine into the bloodstream through the outer layer of skin. It can be applied anywhere between the waist and neck — often on the upper arm or shoulder. Patches must be replaced every 24 hours. To minimize potential skin irritation, avoid putting the patch in the same place more than once every two weeks or so.
Brand names include Nicoderm CQ and Habitrol. Generic patches also are available.
- Pros: The patch is easy to use and provides a steady release of nicotine. It’s available without a prescription and in various doses. This flexibility allows you to manage your withdrawal symptoms and cravings, Continue reading Stop-smoking products that help you quit smoking