1. Nicotine replacement therapy
Nicotine replacement therapy includes nicotine gum, patches and inhalers. The therapy needs no prescription and is cheap enough in comparison with medications. They are available for everyone and may be found in stores and online. A pack of gums contains 170 pieces.
It makes no difference what namely you choose: a patch, a gum or an inhaler. All of them work the same. You just choose what is most convenient to you.
The maximum effect may be achieved when combined with other smoking cessation methods.
Varenicline is a prescription medication. Experts say that today it is one of the most effective ways to quit and it greatly increases the chance of success. Price for varenicline varies depending on pharmacy, on whether person has insurance and whether the medication is included in policy’s coverage.
Studies showed that Varenicline helps to achieve better results than nicotine replacement therapy (patches, gum and inhalers) or bupropion. For each 10 quitters who achieved success with a placebo, about 28 achieved success with varenicline.
Bupropion is a prescription antidepressant. It is not as effective as Varenicline , but is as effective as nicotine replacement therapy. Bupropion was compared to a placebo. There was found that for every 10 people who quit with a placebo, about 18 were achieved success with bupropion.
4. Doubling up
Experts say that using several quitting methods at a time will help to achieve a great success in quitting. For instance, using gum and patch gives results equal to varenicline. Better results are acheived when nicotine gum or a patch used together with varenicline, but in this case you must consult a doctor.
Remember that using a combination of treatment methods can increase your chances of quitting. Smokers know how quitting is hard but it’s worth trying!