Quitting smoking at any age, almost immediate advantages for health,
Quitting smoking at any age, almost immediate advantages for health, says the June issue of “Mayo Clinic Health Letter”. Recent reports on side effects of drugs used to help people quit smoking should not deter smokers from quitting. Side effects of these drugs usually occur sporadically, are minor and controllable, either by reducing the dosage or switching to another drug.
Quitting smoking brings many health benefits. Only 20 minutes after the last cigarette, your heart rate decreases. Twelve hours later, the carbon monoxide in the blood back to normal. One year after quitting, the risk of heart attack by smoking down to half.
Quitting smoking is difficult and takes most smokers several attempts before they succeed. Smokers can quit smoking successfully, generally, take advantage of behavioral counseling and medications.
A variety of drugs can help relieve withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings. Mayo Clinic Health Letter offers an overview of the alternatives and possible drug side effects and risks.
Nicotine Patch: These patches the smoker given a steady dose of nicotine than doubles the likelihood of success in trying to quit smoking. When combined with nicotine replacement fast acting, almost tripled the odds. Possible side effects are skin irritation, dizziness, tachycardia or irregular heartbeat, sleep problems, headaches and nausea. Sleep problems can be minimized by removing the patch at night.
Nicotine gum, nasal spray, inhalers and lozenges: these nicotine replacements fast action helps minimize cravings. When you consume these products, it doubles the likelihood of successfully quitting.
However, nicotine replacements may irritate the mouth, nose and throat, and cause coughing, nausea, headaches and digestive problems small.
Chronicling (Chant ix): This drug reduces withdrawal symptoms and reduces the sensation of pleasure derived from smoking, increasing the likelihood of successfully quitting at least 2.5 times. Possible side effects are nausea, headache, insomnia and vivid dreams. Rarely, this drug has been linked to serious psychiatric symptoms such as depressed mood, agitation and suicidal thoughts.
Propping (Ban): the use of propping doubles the likelihood of successfully quitting smoking and may help minimize weight gain. This drug increases levels of chemicals in the brain that nicotine also enhances, thus reducing withdrawal symptoms and reducing the sensation of pleasure derived from smoking. Possible side effects are sleep disturbances, dry mouth and headache. Rarely, this drug has been linked to serious psychiatric symptoms.