When Willpower Is Not Enough

When Willpower Is Not Enough

Sometimes you need more than willpower to beat smoking.

Nicotine is the main chemical in cigarettes that makes you want to smoke. When you first quit, your body goes through withdrawal, which can result in common symptoms such as irritability, sleeplessness, or trouble concentrating. Although the worst of symptoms typically last only a few days to a couple weeks, that short time can sometimes feel endless and unbearable. Fortunately, there are medications that can help you reduce your withdrawal symptoms and fight cigarette cravings, when willpower isn’t enough.

Using medicines can double your chances of quitting for good. The two main types are:

Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). NRT options help by giving you smaller and smaller amounts of nicotine to slowly wean you off it. NRT options include gum‚ patches‚ inhalers‚ sprays‚ and lozenges. Inhalers and sprays require a prescription.

Non-nicotine prescription drugs. These medications do not contain nicotine, are non-habit-forming, and require a prescription from your doctor. They work by blocking the flow of chemicals in the brain that make you want to smoke. Options include the generics bupropion and varenicline, and typically are taken before your planned Quit Day.

There is no best medication to take. Each medicine has pros and cons, and you should talk to your healthcare provider about which options are right for you and your specific needs. Keep in mind that these medicines can greatly help you with your quit, but they won’t completely take away your cravings. Make sure you have a quit plan in place to help you beat triggers and cravings.

Although these medications are an added expense in the short-term, think of all the money you’re going to save when you finally kick cigarettes to the curb! Here’s how you can spoil yourself with the money you save from quitting smoking.

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By | 2017-06-15T15:49:07+00:00 June 15th, 2015|Strategies to Quit|