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How to get rid of tobacco? What alternative do you suggest?

Hi My name is sagar age 24 I reside in mumbai ....Doctor I want to come out habit of eating Gutkha ?????I tried so many times but I can manage it for 2 days but after that I start same thing But i need to come out from this bad habit ...So can u help me is their any alternative that can help me to overcome from this habit please help me ....................on this
Asked On : Sat, 23 Jun 2012
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Jun 2013
Hi there ~

I understand your concerns. To get rid of tobacco dependence you would need to set a quit date first to get to the goal of no cigarettes or tobacco on that date, while you start your taper tobacco dosage. In other words you will have to start smoking lesser and lesser number of cigarettes or use lesser and lesser number of gutkha packets everyday till you target date when it will be zero. In the meantime you have to consult a psychiatrist who can help with dealing with the symptoms of withdrawals like headaches, increased appetite etc which is as a result of going off of the nicotine. I hope you do so as soon as possible.

I hope this helps. Take care of yourself and have a lovely day!
Answered: Wed, 10 Jul 2013
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Addiction Medicine Specialist Dr. Preeti Parakh's  Response

It appears that you are finding it difficult to quit gutkha on your own. There are medications available which can be taken for a short term to help you quit and work by reducing your craving for tobacco. You can try some other tactics to gradually taper off and the stop your intake. Try to delay each dose by half an hour. Many times you'll notice that the craving passes off and you do not need to take it. Also try taking half of the dose that was usual for you. Try chewing other things like cloves whenever you feel the craving for tobacco.

Hope this helps.

Bets wishes.
Answered: Tue, 13 Aug 2013
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