A modern smoker who wants to get rid of this rather unhealthy habit doesn’t even have to be a person of strong will, since there are multiple tools that can help him overcome this addiction, including medical patches and orally taken pills approved for the use by the FDA.
Why to quit smoking?
The long-time nicotine addiction can make the irreversible changes in a smoker’s body. But what will happen with your body within 2 months after quitting smoking. All new non-smokers will see such changes in their appearance and health:
- Healthy skin. After the 1 week without cigarettes many body organs begin to form new cells that are not familiar with the detrimental effects of nicotine. There occurs an active renewal of skin cells, causing skin’s condition to be improved and have fair complexity.
- Easier breathing. After 2 weeks after quitting smoking you will get rid of shortness of breath and "squeezing" feeling in the heart area;
- White teeth. Only three weeks without cigarettes - and color of your teeth finally began to approach its natural white shade;
- A pleasant voice. You managed to stop smoking for 3.5 weeks? You can forget about wheezing and hoarseness, since the tissue of the throat and vocal cords do no longer suffer from poisonous tobacco-induced smoke;
- Strong hair. The toxic components of smoking from cigarettes are no longer harmful to the scalp’s vessels. After 4 weeks since quitting smoking you will notice that the increased hair loss has stopped and their growth has increased;
- Strong nails. On the 5th week without cigarettes your nails begin to acquire the healthy color as the nail plates will be almost completely replaced by the new ones, not affected by nicotine.
All of these changes are particularly noticeable and important for women, because, commonly, ladies particularly worry about their appearance.
Canadian Health&Care Mall experts know many ways of quitting smoking but the most effective one is to use orally taken pills and use topical patches.
Pharmaceutical products for smoking cessation
Medications from smoking can be divided into 2 main groups:
- Nicotine-containing drugs
The action of these drugs is based on the nicotine-replacement therapy. The active substance of a medical product getting into the human body, it provides the effect similar to cigarette smoking. Thus, a person who decided can during the first 2-3 months substitute nicotine with the safer alternative without experiencing too much stress. To this group belong practically all patches and gums as well as one FDA-confirmed oral pill Cytisine. Let’s take a closer look at the most popular medical products from the group:
- Cytisine acts on the basis of the same alkaloid extracted from plants. The advantages of the product: relatively low price without prescription and the minimal list of side effects (mainly associated with the overdose);
- Nicorette Gum comes in the form of a lozenge (gum). When being dissolved in the saliva, nicotine from the gum is released into the bloodstream by acting on the corresponding brain receptors. Thus, such mechanism of action helps to reduce the need for cigarettes and getting through the withdrawal with less discomfort. The dose of Nicorette is usually selected individually, depending on the experience of smoking. Nicorette Gum practically has no side effects - in some cases there was a slight irritation of the mouth in the first days of admission.
- Anti-smoking pills that do not contain nicotine
This is the huge category of medical products can be divided into 2 different groups:
- Drugs that block the nicotine receptors in a smoker’s brain. These agents have an effect directly on the parts of the brain where the craving to smoke forms. They provide the sort of depressing effect on the pleasure zones activated by smoking to make the whole smoking process becomes colorless on sensations and in such way to reduce the cravings for it.
- Drugs acting like antidepressants. They facilitate the process of smoking withdrawal by removing the unpleasant physiological and psychological symptoms appearing because of the abrupt rejection from cigarettes.
To the first subgroup belongs Varenicline a.k.a. brand product Chantix that binds to nicotinic receptors in the brain (the ones associated with the delivery of nicotine from smoking cigarettes). If you smoke a cigarette, Varenicline comes into the confrontation with nicotine and the pleasure from smoking is significantly reduced. In addition, this oral pill stimulates nicotinic receptors and the withdrawal syndrome comes smoother than usually. The drug comes in tablet form and can be used effectively by those who finally decided to quit smoking with minimal side effects. Side effects from using Chantix are really minimal ones - headache, increased blood pressure, irritability and drowsiness.
To the second sub-group belongs Zyban (the active substance Bupropion) that was originally developed as an antidepressant. The active component Bupropion helps produce the fair portion of the hormone called dopamine. When taking Zyban while quitting smoking a patient almost does not feel discomfort, depressed mood that is a common symptoms of smoking withdrawal. Naturally it is believed that this oral pill is the best way to cope with smoking habit. Unlike nicotine patches and gums Zyban doesn’t make your blood full with nicotine-replacing substances – it affect your brain directly, making you feel ok when quitting smoking.
Interesting fact: Canaidan Health&Care Mall team www.canadahealthcaremall.com draws your attention to the fact that many specialists divided all approved anti-smoking medical products into 4 groups: nicotine-replacing agents, drugs that block the pleasure from smoking, antidepressants/sedatives and herbal/homeopathic supplements. As for the last group, the users of CHCM services can try the brand new and quite effective (according to some reviews) supplement titled as Smok-OX.
Contraindications to the use of all anti-smoking products
Unfortunately, some chronic disorders can interfere with the effects from taking the above-mentioned oral pills and topical products helping to quit smoking. These conditions include:
- Heart failures (the history of strokes);
- Severe diseases of respiratory system;
- The tendency to easy bruising/bleeding;
- Gastrointestinal and peptic ulcer diseases;
- Pregnancy, lactation and breastfeeding period.
For everyone else the effectiveness of the mentioned anti-smoking drugs has been proved clinically and confirmed by the experience of use by the WHO and the FDA organizations.
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