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how to stop smoking?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Stop smoking: Smoke-cessation programs are available. Medications tried include zyban, chantix, nicoderm patches, etc. Also, topamax (topiramate) has shown promising results in male smokers. Discuss with your family doctor.
Dr. Georgia Latham
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Smoking cessation: is a difficult undertaking. Nicotine is an extremely addictive drug, and there is also habit and social factors involved. In general, it is better to decrease cigarette smoking gradually than to try to quit cold turkey. Different techniques work for different people. Pharmacotherapy can be helpful; Chantix works great but has significant side effects in some people. Google smoking cessation.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Use patches, program: Some individuals succeed with cold-turkey stopping, and a few can taper themselves off tobacco, but such efforts lead to fewer than 5% succeeding. Use of nicotine patches increases quit rate to 15% or so, and adding nicotine lozenges for break-thru craving can increase that a bit. A formal smoking cessation program increases results 10-20%. Best results are with Chantix, plus a program.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Cold turkey.: As far as quitting without any nicotine replacement, the cold turkey method is great. But plan it ahead of time. Pick a quit date in advance, maybe a meaningful date like a birthday or holiday, and gather people who are aware of your attempt that you can call upon for moral support if you start to falter. Good luck!! Big fan of cold turkey (not the food).
Dr. Linda Callaghan
Addiction Medicine 53 years experience
Determination: You have to be psychologically prepared to stop smoking. Some people swear that they stopped cold-turkey and never got back. Others were inspired by fear such as a diagnosis of COPD, discovery of lung cancer in a smoker family member or acquaintance or themselves. Some use Nicotine Patch, Chantix,Nicorette (nicotine gum) gum, gradual reduction and lifestyle change, eliminating circumstances that trigger smoking.

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How to stop smoking

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
A combination: Deciding to stop smoking is the first step -- so congratulations on contemplating that. You can use a nicotine patch, for starters -- your family physician can examine you and get you started with that. Then, bring in a good therapist or two. Hypnosis helps some people along -- cognitive behavioral therapy is useful for others. So, combining approaches, tailored to you, is the idea.
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A male asked:

Haw can I stop smoking?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Options: You can enter a smoking cessation program where you will be provided education, support and the option for medications to decrease the urge to smoke. Acupuncture (auricular) is very effective for smoking cessation).
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A 42-year-old male asked:

Trying to stop smoking?

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Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 40 years experience
Go for it!: It can be done. Get all of the support you can. But it is you who will ultimately make the difference. Live long and prosper.
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A 20-year-old female asked:

I want to stop smoking?

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Dr. Jeffrey Whitman
Ophthalmology 45 years experience
Great for you: Get together with your internist for a prescription for nicotine containing gum or other medication that can help you slowly decrease your dependence on cigarettes. This may be a long road, but it is doable.
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Thanks. How to stop smoking?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Stop or Gradual Stop: A visit to one's doctor can help, especially if the doctor knows of successful smoking cessation methods, medications, and programs, all of which may help a tobacco user wanting to go cold turkey (stop all use at once). For users with good planning skills and willpower, they can cut out a portion of their use (such as 1/3 or 1/2) every couple of weeks or so, and eventually get to zero use.

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