Quitting smoking is a topic that crosses the minds of many people every day. The chance that you will quit smoking is greatest if you get help and use substances containing nicotine to kick the habit. It is wise to properly prepare to quit smoking, choose the right help and set a goal.
What is quitting smoking?
Stopping smoking means that you no longer use smoking products containing nicotine or a comparator. Whatever the reason for quitting smoking, it is wise to seek help from your GP, practice nurse or coach.
First make a list of benefits, a stop date, how you want to deal with difficult moments and ask for support from those around you. You can ask your health insurance company about the reimbursements they pay for guidance during this process.
What complaints do I get when quitting smoking?
Your smoking products contain nicotine and your body is used to this substance. If you stop smoking, your body will continue to ask for this substance. The demand from your body makes you want to smoke again and this can become a vicious circle.
You may also experience withdrawal symptoms, such as: restlessness, headache, poor sleep, chills, tingling in hands and feet, change in bowel habits and increased appetite. Withdrawal symptoms generally peak 1 to 3 days after your last smoke and usually go away on their own after three to four weeks.
Can I do something about it myself?
It is best to try to relax and exercise to combat the complaints and withdrawal symptoms. Take a break from work every now and then and get some air, do breathing exercises if you feel like smoking and seek distraction.
Research has shown that at least half an hour of intensive exercise five days a week helps you quit smoking.
It is wise not to use an e-cigarette as an interim solution during your process. Even though you can opt for nicotine-free versions, it is still a trigger for your body and mind to smoke. Quitting smoking then becomes a lot more difficult and relapse is more likely to occur.
Can the pharmacist do anything for me?
At the pharmacy there are mouth sprays, plasters, chewing gum and lozenges that you can purchase to quit smoking.
It is best to discuss with your doctor whether you want to use a product with nicotine, such as chewing gum or patches. The chance that you will stop and remain stopped with medication support is greater.
If you smoke more than 10 cigarettes on average per day, you can also opt for medication in consultation with your doctor. Medicines such as nortrityline and bupropion ensure that your craving for nicotine decreases and that you experience fewer complaints such as withdrawal symptoms. With the drug Varenicline you can distract your brain into thinking that you are ingesting nicotine, but this is ultimately not the case.
Suitable medicines to stop smoking: