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Trying Quit Smoking
Taper, plan, quit: Set a quit date. Cut down to 10 cigarettes a day or lower by then. Anticipate triggers that will make you crave smoking (being with other smokers, drinking, waking up, etc.) and prepare other things to do. Consider replacing nicotine (gum, patch etc.) which can double your chance of success. Call your doctor and smoke-free friends for help. If you don't quit forever try again! 1-800-quit-now. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Quitting smoking is the single most important decision smokers can make to improve their health. Preparing a quit-smoking plan and enlisting support from your doctor and your loved ones can greatly improve your chances of success. Your doctor can help you decide if over-the-counter or prescription medications can help. Pick a quit day a few weeks ahead and put it on your calendar. Plan how you're going deal with situations that make you want to smoke. Take advantage of support from family, friends, and co-workers, and consider joining a smoking cessation program so that you don't ...Read more
I'm trying to quit smoking and my girlfriend said her Dr told her vap pens are worse then cigarretts. Is this true?
I am trying to quit smoking and I am really struggling with relapse problems with it i need to know which quit meds are right for me?
Not just meds: The best results in studies come from a formal smoking cessation support program combined with a variety of medications. I generally recommend, as a first step, nicotine patches (based on how much you smoke) with nicotine lozenges (or gum) for immediate cravings on top of the patch. If unsuccessful, bupropion (Zyban or Wellbutrin) can be tried. The most successful med is varenicline (Chantix). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What do you advise if I'm trying to quit smoking, but I'm really finding it hard. I've tried patches, and now I'm trying lozenges. any tips?
NAC? Probably Not: Does this term, nac, refer to n-acetyl cysteine, a potent antioxidant, or nicotine replacement therapy, a proven smoking cessation method? 'no' to the first meaning, (although there may be a small effect in withdrawl symptoms, but not cravings) and 'yes' to the second. Nicotine replacement therapy (nrt) is a powerful tool in smoking cessation, if used judiciously and aggressively. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Combined tx: Saying you'll quit is the first in a long series of steps. There are 12 step programs, medical interventions, and individual psychotherapy that will help. Keep trying, but add some interventions to what you've tried so far. It may take a complete lifestyle change, like getting rid of paraphernalia and changing your friendships if they are still using. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A cessation program: In very large part, such programs offer exactly what you are asking for, as well as having support from fellow "sufferers" of nicotine withdrawal. I also strongly recommend that drug treatment be used, particularly if people have had prior unsuccessful "cold turkey" attempts. Nicotine replacement with patches, lozenges etc are 1st, bupropion (zyban etc) 2nd and Chantix 34rd in my recommendations. ...Read more
Ever since i moved from india i have been gaining weight. Back in india i was always lean. please suggest on this. Also, i am trying to quit smoking. ?
I have spontaneous pneumothorax. I smoke e-cigarette while im trying to quit smoking. Is it bad for my health?
Yes and no: Trying to wean from smoking with e-cigarette will not increase the incidence of pneumothorax. It is not the nicotine that's a problem in lungs, it is the tar and all the small particles. On the other hand the side effects of nicotine on blood vessels and bones and are still there. So i hope you will stop smoking completely soon. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I'm trying to quit smoking, but failed every time. The nicotine patches don't help. Should i be in counseling or some program?
Might help: Behavioral counseling has been shown to be effective in the treatment of smoking. It is also often covered by insurance and is typically brief in duration. Florida offers free programs including group settings; you can find them at www.Tobaccofreeflorida.Com. The first 3 days are the absolute worst and the first 3 weeks are the most critical. Maybe set your goal for 3 days to start. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I am trying to quit smoking using electronic cigarettes. I have cut down. Are these as harmful as real cigarettes? I recently had 3 stents /lad.
No: Electronic cigarettes, though less well proven as a smoking cessation method, are not as harmful as real cigarettes. Regardless of how you quit, the most important thing is if you keep trying until you fully succeed in smoking cessation. Get help from your friends and family as well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Trying to quit smoking, when i manage to for a day or so i feel depressed, gloomy, like i can't function right. I'm just kind of blah. Is that normal?
Not uncommon: The reason you feel that way is due to acute nicotine withdrawal. If you can stop for awhile in several days those symptoms will go away. To reduce withdrawal you could use nicotine gum & slowly taper that, or make a blend of tobacco & smoking herbs & gradually reduce the amount of tobacco. A doc could prescribe zyban, (bupropion) an antidepressant that may also help reduce those symptoms. See my comment:. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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