Quit Smoking (cont.)
Using these medicines can double your
chances of quitting for good. Ask your doctor for
advice. But remember: Medicine alone can't do all the
work. It can help with cravings and withdrawal, but
quitting will still be hard at times.
Here is more information about the different
Nicotine Gum, Patch, Inhaler, Spray, and
Nicotine gum, patches, inhalers, sprays, and lozenges
are called nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). That's
because they take the place of nicotine from cigarettes.
NRT can help with withdrawal and lessen your urge to
You need a prescription to buy the inhaler and nasal
spray. But you can buy nicotine gum, nicotine patches,
and nicotine lozenges on your own.
Bupropion SR is a medicine that has no
nicotine. You need a prescription to get these pills.
They seem to help with withdrawal and lessen the urge to
Some people have side effects when using bupropion SR
pills. The side effects include dry mouth and not being
able to sleep.
This medicine isn't right for:
- Pregnant women
- People who have seizures
- People with eating disorders
- Heavy drinkers
Ask your doctor, dentist, or pharmacist if this
medicine is right for you. Make sure to use it the right
way if your doctor prescribes it.
Thinking About Using NRT?
- Ask your doctor, dentist, or pharmacist
if nicotine gum, the patch, or some other kind of
NRT is right for you. These medicines can
cause side effects in some people. Some people
should not use NRT without a doctor's help. Pregnant
women are a good example.
- Be patient. Using NRT correctly
can take some getting used to. Follow the
instructions and give it some time.
- Don't mix tobacco and NRT.
Having one or two cigarettes while you use the gum,
patch, nasal spray, inhaler, or lozenge is not
dangerous, but your goal is to quit smoking for
good. Use NRT only when you are ready to stop
smoking. If you do slip up and smoke a cigarette or
two, don't give up on NRT. Keep trying.
- Start out using enough medicine.
Use the full amount of NRT in the instructions.
Don't skip or forget to use your NRT after you first
- Slowly use less and less medicine.
But don't stop completely until you're ready. You
can set up a schedule with your doctor or
- Keep some of the medicine with you after
you stop using it. This way you'll be ready
for an emergency.
- Wait a half hour after using the gum,
lozenge, or inhaler before you eat or drink anything
acidic. Acidic foods and drinks can keep
nicotine gums and inhalers from working. Acidic
foods and drinks include tomato sauce, tomatoes,
oranges, lemons, grapefruit, coffee, soda, orange
juice, and grapefruit juice.
Bottom line: Read the instructions that come
with the medicine. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if
you have any questions.
Benefits of a Quit-smoking Program
- Your state may have a
toll-free telephone quitline. Call the quitline
to get one-on-one help.
- Call the National Cancer Institute's Smoking Quitline at
1-800-QUITNOW (1-800-784-8669). This number works
anywhere in the U.S. You can get one-on-one help
quitting. Or you can ask where to get help in your
- Visit the National Cancer Institute's
smokefree.gov Web site at
http://www.smokefree.gov. This Web site offers
science-driven tools, information, and support that
has helped smokers quit. You will find state and
national resources, free materials, and quitting
advice from the National Cancer Institute and its
- More and more workplaces have help for workers
who want to quit. Some offer quit-smoking clinics
and support on the job. Others will pay for outside
programs for their workers. Ask at work about the
choices open to you.
may know about a quit-smoking program or support
group near you.
You may want to try a quit-smoking program or
support group to help you quit. These programs can work
great if you're willing to commit to them.
How do quit-smoking programs and support groups work?
They help smokers spot and cope with problems they have
when trying to quit. The programs teach problem-solving
and other coping skills. A quit-smoking program can help
you quit for good by:
Steps to Take on Your Quit Day
- Helping you better understand why you smoke
- Teaching you how to handle withdrawal and stress
- Teaching you tips to help resist the urge to
Today's the day you start your smoke-free life!
Remind your family and friends that today is your
quit date. Ask them to support you during the first few
days and weeks. They can help you through the rough
Using Your Support Program
Using your support program
Stay away from what tempts you