Cigarettes are a very powerful enemy, and it’s not easy to escape from its grapple. Smoking cigarettes is highly addictive, and it becomes such an integral part of ones character that you will find it difficult to give up this habit once you’re into it.
Despite knowing all the harms that it inflicts on your body and your brain, you’re still unable to give up smoking because this addiction is very compulsive.
If you begin with 5 cigarettes a day, you will soon find that your desire to smoke more and more is increasing and a few months down the line you may be smoking a whole pack in a day. And whenever you try to stop it, you will have the withdrawal symptoms, which will compel you to go back and begin smoking again.
However with the assistance of a doctor you may be easily able to overcome this dangerous habit. When you walk over to a physician here are the three different types of medical therapies he may use to get you out of your tobacco addiction.
Nicotine replacement therapy
Nicotine is the basic substance that makes you addictive, and this method is about letting you have the nicotine but in a different form so that the habit of smoking can be broken. There are products like nasal sprays, inhalers, nicotine patches, gums and lozenges which the doctor may prescribe. All these provide you with small doses of nicotine, so that your urge to light another cigarette is killed. Also the physical habit of lighting up and puffing the smoke will diminish.
The doctor may also prescribe some nicotine receptor blockers and antidepressants to help you to get out of the smoking addiction. The nicotine receptor blockers will cut down on your cravings while the antidepressants will ensure that you do not experience the usual withdrawal symptoms like anxiety, stress and mood fluctuations, to name a few.
Off label medication
Some other medications which may not have anything to do directly with smoking cessation may also be prescribed by your doctor, and although these medicines do not have any direct impact on your smoking habit they may be needed to even out the harm that your body has already suffered due to smoking. These may be drugs to control your blood sugar levels, control your blood pressure or to repair and strengthen your nervous system.