A number of remedies are available in the market to help quit smoking. There are medicines with nicotine available like nicotine patch, nicotine inhalers, nasal sprays which help quit smoking by supplying a minimum quantity of nicotine to the body. But now FDA has approved some Stop smoking medication which does not contain any nicotine. These nicotine- free drugs help to reduce the craving of tobacco in smokers and decrease their urge to smoke. Medications could help increase the likelihood of quitting smoking by two folds by decreasing the withdrawal symptoms. Counseling combined with medication helps better in quitting smoking. Smokers using less than ten cigarettes a day would not require medicines to help quitting.

The most common nicotine-free medicines used for quitting smoking are Varenicline and Bupropion SR. Varenicline or Chantix blocks and reduces yearning and withdrawal symptoms. In case of lapse and a smoker gets back to smoking, this medicine reduces the contentment provided by cigarettes compared to the time before taking the medicines. This medication is generally started seven days prior to quitting and is taken two times a day. Bupropion SR or Zyban helps in balancing the brain chemicals to lessen withdrawal symptoms. This medication is also used for depression treatment. This medication is started one or two weeks prior to quitting smoking. Nortriptyline is recommended when the other medications fail.

These medicines lead to side-effects like feeling nauseous, greater incidence of dreaming, wakefulness, headaches, giddiness and mental illness like a feeling of depression.

It is imperative that one seeks medical help before taking these medicines, especially people suffering from mental illness, cardiac ailments and women who are pregnant.

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