- Nicotine gum (brand name: Nicorette)
- Nicotine patches (brand names: Habitrol, Nicoderm CQ, Nicotrol)
- Nicotine nasal spray (brand name: Nicotrol NS)
- Nicotine inhaler (brand name: Nicotrol Inhaler)
- Nicotine lozenge (brand name: Commit)
Smoking causes or contributes to many medical conditions, including cancers of the lung, cervix, larynx (voice box), mouth, throat, bladder, pancreas, kidneys and stomach, heart disease, heart attacks and strokes, chronic lung disease, problems with sexual function, weakening of bones (Osteoporosis), aging of skin, more wrinkles, and many other conditions from psoriasis to hyperthyroidism. About half of smokers die early of smoking-related illnesses. Quitting smoking reduces the risk of these diseases. Stopping smoking helps people live longer.
If you want to quit smoking, certain drugs can help. Smoking regularly makes you physically dependent on nicotine. You will most likely have withdrawal symptoms when you quit smoking. Medications doctors can use to treat nicotine withdrawal symptoms are:
There are other drugs which can help you quit smoking like Rimonabant (Acomplia) and Bupropion SR (Wellbutrin SR).
Bupropion SR (Brand Name: Wellbutrin SR) is a smoking cessation aid used to help in quitting smoking.
Rimonabant (Brand Name: Wellbutrin SR) works is by blocking a certain kind of receptor that governs food intake and also tobacco dependency. Because there are many smokers who are also overweight, Acomplia can have a dual purpose Patients with large waist circumference (102 cm in men and 88 cm in women) will mostly benefit from taking the drug.
Your family doctor can tell you about these medicines and how medicine can help you quit smoking.