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Can you prevent smoking withdrawal?

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Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
Preventive Medicine 40 years experience
1: Cigarette smokiing cessation can be aided by adding in nicotene containing prescription products. These will help with the withdrawl significantly. I have used the Nicotrol inhalers and nicotene gum frequently in my patients. There are some other prescription medications that help, like wellbutrin (bupropion) and clonidine.
Dr. Karl Spector
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
Limit, not prevent: You can try to limit or minimize your nicotine withdrawal by slowly tapering your smoking. Then, you can switch to the nicotine gum/patch/lozenge to further taper and step down the amount of nicotine. The slower one goes, the more successful it tends to be. Good luck!
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 35 years experience
No: Even when you smoke you go through low grade withdrawal. It can be minimized with treatment but can only be avoided by being completely off nicotine products.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
NRT: Nicotine replacement therapy May help to decrease withdrawal symptoms. Products may come in the form of patches, gum, pills, nasal or mouth spray & Inhalators.

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