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Smoking cessation, nicotine supplements, smoking withdrawal symptoms - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   hi
Doctor :   Hi
User :   How do I quit smoking
Doctor :   Since when and how much are you smoking/
Doctor :   Have you tried quitting smoking earlier?
User :   I have been smoking for past 5 years and I smoke around 7-8 cigs per day
User :   I tried once n I was able to do it for around a week
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me explain to you.
User :   ok
Doctor :   To quit a habit such as smoking needs motivation.
Doctor :   Success is achieved only when you are motivated and keep the motivation going.
Doctor :   There are few other measures suggested to keep this motivation going, which are suggested on most books and articles about quit smoking.
Doctor :   You can read those.
User :   see the fact is I stay away from home, I stay with my younger brother, but when I go back home for a vacation I hardly smoke, I stay at home I dont feel the urge to smoke
Doctor :   This is not very uncommon phenomena.
Doctor :   But what this means is that if you can keep this mind diversion going you could succeed in quiting finally.
Doctor :   What these books and articles suggest are the methods of diverting yourself away from the urge to smoke.
Doctor :   You could read few of them.
Doctor :   Here on this live chat, I would like to suggest
Doctor :   you few medical things that helps in quiting smoking.
Doctor :   There are various products prescribed by physicians who intend to quit from this habit.
Doctor :   These products are broadly classified as 2 nicotine supplements and non nicotinic products.
User :   ok, how do I get these products
Doctor :   Nicotine supplements are available as nicotine patches, nicotine gums, electronic cigarettes and so on.
Doctor :   The patches and gums are available easily in the marked these days.
Doctor :   Electronic cigarettes are available at selected outlets.
Doctor :   You could purchase these electronic cigarettes online too. This is much easier compared to looking for on.
User :   ok
Doctor :   What these products does, is
Doctor :   thus.
Doctor :   The urge to smoke is because withdrawl of nicotine when one quits smoking.
Doctor :   These products are meant to replace the nicotine in smaller amounts compared to cigarettes
Doctor :   so that you do not have the urge to actually smoke a real one.
Doctor :   If you have not tried the nicotine patches/gum, I suggest you to try them.
Doctor :   They will definitely help you.
Doctor :   Do you follow?
User :   yes I do
Doctor :   If you do not find these products helpful
User :   ok , I will surely give it a try
Doctor :   then my next suggestion is the electronic cigarette.
Doctor :   These electronic cigarette have an advantage over the nicotine patches and gums
User :   like?
Doctor :   Since electronic cigarette is puffed just like a real cigarette
Doctor :   It mimicks the action of smoking rather than just chewing or keeping a skin patch.
User :   ok
User :   I guess I will give a try to the gums first n see if i am successful or not
Doctor :   All these products are not substitute to smoking
Doctor :   As these products also contain nicotine in them just like a cigarette
Doctor :   So read books and articles about measures to quit smoking.
User :   sure
Doctor :   You could search for these measures on google too and follow them.
User :   than you so much for your time doctor, atleast I will make a try for sure
Doctor :   The substitutes can be slowly tapered and stopped over a period, which is much more easier.
Doctor :   Hope I have answered your query.
User :   yes
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   thank you much
User :   no, I dont have any other query
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
User :   thank you so much for your time once again
User :   bye
Doctor :   Wish you all the best and successful quitter.
Doctor :   Bye for now.
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