Why should one quit smoking?
The average smoker tries to quit six times before he or she is able to successfully stop. However, with the proper treatment, the chances of successfully quitting significantly increase. Quitting smoking is one of the best decisions you can make to improve your health. It can add up to eight years to one's life. Male smokers who quit between the ages of 35 and 39 add an average of 5 years to their lives. Female quitters in this same age group add an average of 3 years. Men and women who quit at ages 65 to 69 increase their life expectancy by 1 year.
Other physical changes in your body can begin immediately after quitting smoking:
- Within 24 hours, risk of heart attack drops
- In two to three weeks, lung function improves
- Within one year, risk of heart disease is cut in half
- Within five years, the risk of stroke is the same as a non-smoker
What medications can you take to help quit smoking?
Dr. Soni can prescribe a range of nicotine replacement products and smoking cessation medications. Quit smoking medications help reduce feelings of withdrawal and cigarette cravings. Therapies may include:
- Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) – NRT reduces withdrawal by giving you a little bit of nicotine, without the other dangerous chemicals found in cigarettes, thus satisfying your nicotine cravings and lessening the urge to smoke. NRT can take various forms, with options including a nicotine patch, lozenges, gum or an inhaler.
Prescription drugs are also available to help you quit smoking. These may include:
- Bupropion (Wellbutrin or Zyban) – This is a prescription anti-depressant with an extended release form. It reduces symptoms of nicotine withdrawal and does not contain nicotine. This drug works on chemicals in the brain related to the nicotine craving.
- Varenicline (Chantix) – This is a prescription medicine developed to help people quit smoking. It works by interfering with nicotine receptors in the brain. Studies show that taking this drug can more than double the chances of stopping smoking in comparison to taking no medications at all.
- Nortriptyline – This is an older anti-depressant drug. It has been found to double the chances of success in quitting smoking when compared to taking no medications at all.
What are the benefits of taking medications to quit smoking?
Using these medications can significantly increase your chances of quitting smoking for good. They help reduce withdrawal symptoms along with cigarette cravings. They are also cost-effective.
Dr. Prabhat Soni offers comprehensive smoking cessation treatments to help make the decision to quit a lasting one. Schedule an appointment today to learn more about our treatments designed to help you quit smoking for good and improve your overall health.