Quitting tobacco is not an easy thing to do, especially if you are a moderate to heavy smoker. Therefore, if you are worried that you won’t be able to quit on your own or just want to set yourself up for success early on, it is a good idea to discuss your plans with a doctor.
A doctor can talk to you about the pros and cons of prescription drugs that help smokers to quit. If you’ve tried to quit before on your own, this option may help you.
If you want to stop smoking by using Nicotine Replacement Therapy, you can discuss that with your doctor. Prescription drugs for quitting can be used along with Nicotine Replacement Therapy. You’ll need to start taking the medication before your Quit Date.
If you smoke more than a pack a day, the best way for you to stop smoking may be through Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT).
NRT is recommended for smokers who:
- Smoke even when they are ill
- Get up in the night to smoke
- Reach for a cigarette within five minutes of waking up
If that describes your smoking pattern, managing cravings without a doctor’s help may be very difficult. The easy way to stop smoking in such a case, would be to gradually taper off the amount of nicotine that your body gets every day.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy increases your chances of successfully quitting by 55%. It’s often used along with behavior adjustment measures that increase your resistance to nicotine.