Using medicine to quit smoking

There are loads of medicinal methods to quitting smoking out there from pills to patches. We took a look at some of the more popular medicines to explore some of their benefits and their disadvantages.

Of all the quitting methods, it seemed that for many years the nicotine patch was the most popular. There are two kinds of patches, one that is worn all day and night, and one that’s taken off for 8 hours a day, usually while the user sleeps. Over the course of these hours, nicotine seeps through the skin and into the bloodstream. Many people have used the patch to quit, but there can be some nasty side effects such as headaches, nausea, vomiting and even nightmares.

A method that’s gained more popularity in recent years is the use of nicotine lozenges. According to the Australian anti-smoking organisation, Quit, people who use lozenges are twice as likely to quit and not turn back. However these can irritate the throat, and they take several minutes to ease a nicotine craving.

Another option for quitting is prescription medication, also a more recent development in the world of products to help with quitting. Some of these drugs simply treat the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal, while others actually interfere with the brain’s nicotine receptors. Sounds a little complicated and scary to us, but many have used pills to help them quit. They do come with some frightful possible side effects such as depression, changes in behavior, headaches, and blurred vision.

We definitely support the large community of people who are trying to quit, whether it’s by vaping or any number of other methods, and hope that the information we post on the blog can help.