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Wants to quit smoking, where to find nicotine gums, - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   hi
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   thanks for your fast reply
User :   Actually i have query regarding smoking
User :   i want to quit it
Doctor :   Proceed with your query.
User :   i tried my best for quitting., but unable to quit
Doctor :   Ok
User :   so whats the solution?
Doctor :   May I know since when are you smoking and how many cigarettes per day?
User :   i have been smoking from past 6 years., and on anaverage 5-6 cigarettes per day
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me explain to you.
User :   ya sir..
Doctor :   Good amount of motivation is the key to successful quitting.
Doctor :   you need to keep the motivation high if you wish you quit smoking.
Doctor :   There are few other supportive measures that are given to people who intend to give their habits up.
Doctor :   Let me explain about those first.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Supportive measures are of 2 forms,
Doctor :   1. Nicotine supplements
Doctor :   2. Non nicotine medications.
Doctor :   1. NIcotine supplements come as nicotine patches, nicotine gums and the recent E -cigarettes.
Doctor :   They are advised to smokers who intend to quit smoking.
Doctor :   You can try these products.
Doctor :   They produce almost similar effects of smoking but less severe effects.
Doctor :   These products are usually effective.
Doctor :   If they are not, certain medications are now found.
Doctor :   They come in the name of varenicline.
Doctor :   They form the second from of support. That is the non nicotine supplement.
User :   where do i get these products like nicotine gums
Doctor :   Unfortunately, these pills are knows to have sideeffects.
Doctor :   You can get the nicotine gums at any chemist shop or pharmacy.
User :   you mean non nicotine supplements have side effects?
Doctor :   Yes, non nicotine supplement, varenicline come with wide range of side effects.
User :   And what about nicotine supplements? do they have side effects too?
Doctor :   This question, I shall answer it this way.
Doctor :   Since you report that you had tried quitting smoking but were unsuccesful, I had suggested these
Doctor :   to help you better, so that you can come out of this habit much easily.
Doctor :   Both these (2 form of supports) are to be weaned off as you stop your cigarettes completely.
Doctor :   Now coming to the effects of nicotine gums.
Doctor :   Since nicotine gums act by producing small amounts of nicotine, the same ingredient responsible for the effects noticed with a cigarette,
Doctor :   the side effects are similar to that of cigarette.
Doctor :   That is they have similar effects on long term.
Doctor :   However since you do not smoke them, other toxic substance such as coal tar, carbodioxide, carbon monoxide which are associated with cigarette are not there with them.
Doctor :   These toxic gas double the chances of lung cancers.
Doctor :   To put across in simple words,
Doctor :   Nicotine gums produce almost same effects of cigarette, but with less chances of side effects/complications.
Doctor :   However on long term use of the gums/patches, they can be half dangerous as that of the cigarette.
Doctor :   They also have to be tapered and stopped once you are off smoking actual cigarette.
User :   ok.
Doctor :   It is much easier to taper and stop nicotine gums than cigarette.
User :   hmm right
Doctor :   Hence I suggest you to use these gums, while you slowly get off the cigarette.
User :   can you provide me the name of these nicotine gums?
Doctor :   Once you are off the cigarette, you can taper these gums and stop them also.
Doctor :   Nicotine gums are available under various names.
Doctor :   Most commonly known is Nicorette gums.
Doctor :   You can ask for this at a chemist or pharmacy.
Doctor :   They will be dispense it to you.
User :   ok..great
Doctor :   If you find nicorrette gums not useful,
Doctor :   then the next option is E -cigarette
User :   and one more thing., how many gums in day should be consumed?
Doctor :   E -cigarette is not commercially available in india.
Doctor :   You can order them online.
Doctor :   The nicotine gums are not pills.
Doctor :   They are just supplements to keep nicotine in the body.
Doctor :   The urge one gets to smoke is because the levels of nicotine go down in the body.
Doctor :   Hence the number of gums that can be used depends on individuals.
Doctor :   You can take one gum as and when you get a strong urge to smoke.
Doctor :   My advice to you will be to use the gum only when your motivation is not sufficient to keep the urge of smoking cigarette.
Doctor :   Hope this is clear to you.
Doctor :   Are you there?
User :   even E-cigarettes have nicotine?
User :   ya that Nicotine gums part is very much clear
Doctor :   Yes, E - cigarette is also a means to obtain nicotine in the body.
Doctor :   It contains a refiling filament which contain nicotine in it.
User :   then i think i will go with nicotine gums
Doctor :   As one smokes through it, the vapor inhaled contain the nicotine in them.
User :   ohk
Doctor :   Yes, you can use them.
Doctor :   The supplements suggested to you are not same as your self motivation.
Doctor :   They are suggested to aid you help when smoking urge is greater than your motivation.
Doctor :   So keep motivated and aim to reduce the cigarette.
User :   hmm right
Doctor :   You can try a method to slowly cut down the cigarette in number.
User :   i will surely try my best to be Self motivated
Doctor :   I mean since you report that you smoke 5-6 per day, try getting this number to 3-4 and use them gums when you are feel that you want to smoke more than this.
Doctor :   Taper them slowly probably over a week
Doctor :   once you are off the cigarette, taper the number of gum usage also.
Doctor :   Once you are completely off both the gums and cigarette, use the gums only when you feel smoking again.
Doctor :   This way you should be succesful in quiting after a few months.
Doctor :   I hope I have helped you in finding a method to quit smoking.
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   yes., all the information provided by you is very helpful
User :   thanks alot for your time & advice..
Doctor :   My pleasure.
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
User :   hope i successfully quit it
Doctor :   Have a nice day!!
User :   wish you the same.
Doctor :   Bye for now.
User :   BYe Sir
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