Smoking Cessation

Also indexed as:Quitting Smoking, Nicotine Withdrawl
Support is readily available to help you stop smoking and stay smoke-free for life. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
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Support is readily available to help you stop smoking and stay smoke-free for life. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
  • Try nicotine substitutes

    For some extra support, try over-the-counter nicotine gum (Nicorette), lozenges (Commit), or patches (NicoDerm CQ, Nicotrol)

  • Focus on physical fitness

    Increase your physical activity after giving up tobacco to prevent weight gain

  • Participate in a program

    Find a smoking-cessation program that holds regular meetings to discuss important topics such as strategies for stopping; factors that increase relapse risk; and problem-solving, stress-reduction, and coping skills

  • Ease the craving with a doctor’s help

    Ask your healthcare provider about bupropion (Zyban, Wellbutrin) to conquer cravings, and buspirone (Buspar), lorazepam (Ativan), or alprazolam (Xanax) to help reduce withdrawal anxiety; also ask about taking tryptophane in combination with a high-carbohydrate diet, which can raise serotonin levels and control tobacco cravings

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.