Thursday, November 15, 2012

Choosing a nicotine substitute


Choosing a nicotine substitute

Choosing a type of nicotine replacement therapy is depending on the degree of addiction, lifestyle and personal preferences of the smoker.

Before deciding, here are some comparative data:
Choosing a nicotine substitute
 - Gum, nicotine inhaler are tablets and oral substitutes that enable better control the dose of nicotine and helps reduce withdrawal symptoms.
 - Nicotine nasal spray has a very fast action.
 - Nicotine inhaler allows imitating gestures made while smoking by bringing your hand to your mouth and inhaling vapors.
 - Nicotine patch is easy to use and should be applied once a day.
 - Both inhaler and nasal spray require a prescription.
 - Some people can not use patches, inhalers or nasal sprays due to allergies or other conditions.
Choosing a nicotine substitute
Combining nicotine patch and other nicotinic substitutes

Using a nicotine patch in combination with other fast acting (gum, tablets, nasal spray, inhaler) is another method of nicotine replacement therapy. Action principle is simple: to provide a constant dose of nicotine by patch and use a fast acting product in difficult situations where the person feels the need to smoke.

The combination of different nicotine replacement therapy products not approved by the FDA. We recommend consulting a physician before using these products in combination.
Choosing a nicotine substitute
Sublingual tablets
Tablets are the most recent nicotine Nicotine replacements on the market. Similarly nicotine gums, tablets are available in two doses: 2 mg or 4 mg.
As recommended by the manufacturer launched these tablets, their use should be part of a program of 12 weeks. The recommended dose is one tablet every 1 -2 hours for 6 weeks, then one tablet every 2-4 hours in the next three weeks and finally, a tablet every 4 -8 hours in the last three weeks. In addition, we recommend:
 - Quitting smoking with the beginning of the use of these tablets
 - Avoid foods and drinks with 15 minutes of taking the tablet onwards (some beverages may reduce their effectiveness)
 - Dissolving sublingual tablet for 30 minutes
 - Up to 5 tablets in 6 hours, which means a maximum of 20 tablets daily
 - Cessation of use tablets after 12 weeks

Nicotine tablets are not indicated people who continue to smoke or consume other products containing nicotine (nicotine patch or gum).
Possible side effects of using nicotine tablets are:
 - Sleep disorders
 - Nausea
 - Cough
 - Heartburn (heartburn)
 - Headache (headache)
 - Flatulence (intestinal gas)

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