Stop smoking | Stroke Association

Stop smoking |  Stroke Association

There are several types of drugs and remedies to stop smoking that can help you stop smoking. Talk with your doctor, pharmacist or your local smoking service counselor about what type of treatment is best for you.

  • Therapeutic nicotine plate (NRT) includes gum imbalances, pies, microtabs, inhalers and nasal sprays.
  • Champix tablets (varenicline).
  • Zyban tablets (bupropion).
  • E-cigarettes.
  • Other techniques to stop smoking.

Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)

NRT constantly lowers nicotine in your blood without having to inhale cigarette smoke. Using NRT helps to alleviate symptoms of withdrawal smoking, such as desires, restlessness and irritability. After the stoppage date, you can start your chosen NRT. You should use several species at the same time, such as driving long time and acting more quickly than desires.

There is a wide range of NRT products available. They are available by prescription from the NHS Stop Smoking office. You can also buy them at the pharmacy or grocery store over the counter.

Types of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)

unevenly delivering continuous amounts of nicotine into the bloodstream. Two types of it are available: 16 hours for daytime use and twenty-four hours for those that are most needed during the day and nights. They come in a variety of ways to reflect how much you smoke, and using it, they struggle to gradually reduce retiring softness.

Gum delivers a burst dose by chewing. The strength of the gums will be determined and how many fruits you use, how much you smoked. Slowly drop this type of gum until the taste develops and you hold it between your gums and cheek, to allow nicotine to be absorbed into the blood, repeating this procedure with the passage of taste.

Lozenges They work in the same way as gums, giving short juices of nicotine. You will suck on your tablet until the taste becomes firmer and store your cheek inside until it gets smaller, starting again when this happens. They usually dissolve after 20-30 minutes.

nasal sacrum can work for heavy smokers or people who have severe withdrawal symptoms. Nicotine is quickly absorbed into the veins in the nose, it relieves cravings quickly, although it can produce side effects, such as irritation of the nose and throat, coughing and watery eyes.

Inhalators look out of plastic and shaped cigarettes. Users suck a broken tube into a nicotine solution. They are particularly suitable for those who miss physical activity during smoking.

Microtabs There are very small tablets that are dissolved under your tongue and should not be eaten. The dosage depends on how much you smoked. It is suitable for users who are trying to stop smoking.

NRT It should only be started under medical supervision in someone who has had a recent wound (within the last four weeks). In most cases, NRT is still recommended as the risks associated with continuing smoke tend to be greater than the risk of using NRT after stroke.

Champix (varenicline)

Champix is ​​a tablet that imitates the effects of nicotine on the body. It helps to reduce cravings, reduces signs of detraction and reduces satisfaction with smoking. It is available by prescription and the treatment lasts about three months. You start to take a week or two before you stop thinking about smoking. It is not suitable for people with any health conditions and is only available on prescription.

Zyban (bupropion hydrochloride)

Zyban tablet is available for prescription. It’s usually taken for two months. Tell your doctor about any other pre-existing conditions that you have, as Zyban does not apply to some.


Some people use e-cigarettes (electronic cigarettes or vaping) as a way to quit smoking. Although they are not harmful, they do less damage than tobacco. E-cigarettes provide nicotine free from all toxins in tobacco smoke. Advisors at Stop Smoking Services can supply these as part of your retirement plan, but are not available on prescription.

Other stop-smoking techniques

Clinics and hypnotherapy can be helped by some, but not by large clinical trials that are not licensed to treat smoking in the NHS. If you decide to try one of these therapies, make sure to see a suitable doctor.

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