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Treatment for quitting to smoke - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Excellent Posted in: Smoking and Alcohol Addiction
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User :   Anyone here???
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hi Doc
Doctor :   how can i help you ?
User :   Well sir, i hvae been trying to quit smoking since quite sometime
User :   But all attempts have been unsuccessfull
Doctor :   ok, thats good ,
User :   Not sure what to do next
Doctor :   i understand, smoking is a very diffcult habit to quit
Doctor :   may i know how your age, weight , duration of smoking,?
User :   Need assistance... strongly
Doctor :   also, can u mention the no of cigarettes you smoke ?
User :   i am 27 yrs, weighing 79kgs (i.e after loosing 7 kgs in last 3 months) as i have started regular excersising
Doctor :   ok
User :   have been smoking since 2003 mid, 8cig on an average a day
Doctor :   ok,
Doctor :   Are there anyone else in your home and group, who smoke as well?
User :   I am staying alone in Bangalore
User :   In my family back at my native, my dad smokes
Doctor :   for quiting suceesfully, you shd be away from all people and friends who smoke in a group,
Doctor :   and should have the resolve, to withstand peer pressure, to stick to your goal
Doctor :   most people fail in this attempt, as they are either misguided or taunted by their smoker buddies
Doctor :   Once you make a goal, then the next step is to look for alternatives for nicotine, available, which can help u to get out of the craving for nicotine (smoking)
User :   Well in my case, taunting and misguidance is definetly not the concern.... Its the craving for nicotine which pulls me
Doctor :   the alternatives include nicotine gum (Nicorette) and transdermal patches (Nicoderm)
Doctor :   the above alternatives, help in resistting the nicotine craving,
User :   Are they some sort of medicines that i need to take ??
Doctor :   and once consistantly, tasken for 3-4 months, and over time reduction of dosage, then you can stop smoking all together
Doctor :   yes, it is considered a medication, and dose is determined by examination, physically
Doctor :   the medication has to be taken under the guidance of the treating doctor, and will effectively help to quit smoking
Doctor :   are u following me ?
User :   yes yes certainly
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   the best option here is nicorette gum,
Doctor :   also, attending smokers anonymous groups , will help u gain support, when u feel like smoking
User :   hmmm so as u suggesting physical examination is required.
User :   can you please suggest where can i go for the help
Doctor :   being in a group, helps to support people when they feel like smoking
Doctor :   May i know where u reside ?
User :   Bangalore
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   You can go to any Internist, in any Major hospital like appolo, Marthas, ramaiah. Kims, etc
User :   Ok
Doctor :   and see a Internist, (MD internal medicine) , whi will guide you accorindly
User :   that sound quite feasible to me
Doctor :   good
User :   Thank you Doc, hope i can make it this time :)
Doctor :   you will, just be focussed and keep ur goal in sight
User :   sure sure :), will sign out now , once again thanks a lot for the guidance
Doctor :   u r welcome
Doctor :   bye for now
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