ALTERNATIVE SMOKING CESSATION THERAPIES AND WHY THEY DON’T WORK VERY WELL
Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)
Is Nicotine replacement therapy a successful form of smoking cessation therapy? In short, No. NRT does not deal with the psychological side of quitting smoking, only the physiological side. Doctors are not trained to give you any counselling or guidance, they simply prescribe medication for you and you’re on your own to deal with the psychological side of quitting.
The other problem is that smokers prefer smoking cigarettes to other forms of nicotine administration, such as nicotine patches, gums, lozenges, e-cigarettes, inhalers and nasal sprays. Why? Smokers enjoy the sensory and tactile components of smoking, including the taste, smell, hand-mouth activity, and sensations in the respiratory tract.
Therapy that just replaces nicotine in a cigarette to another form of nicotine administration is ineffective.
The truth about nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is that it has a very low success rate, but the big drug manufacturers don’t want to tell you that. Even quitting cold turkey has a higher success rate than NRT.
What about drug therapy, such as Zyban and Champix?
There are certain real dangers and adverse side effects associated with the smoking cessation drugs Zyban and Champix. Zyban is the prescription drug Bupropion, also marketed as Wellbutrin. Champix is the drug Varenicline which is marketed in the U.S. as Chantix. Champix is the newest drug approved for smoking cessation and it seems to be more effective than Zyban.
The dangers of using drug therapy
The official Chantix website states that “Some patients have reported changes in behaviour, agitation, depressed mood, suicidal thoughts or actions when attempting to quit smoking while taking Chantix or after stopping Chantix.”
In 2008, the FDA issued a warning concerning “reports of suicidal thoughts and aggressive and erratic behaviour in patients who have taken Champix.” The number of severe negative reactions associated with Champix use was greater than all the 10-top selling brand name drugs together.
Zyban and Champix can have serious adverse side-effects on your health. If you’d like to avoid the risks associated with these drugs, we believe our 3-part drug-free smoking cessation therapy is the best alternative.
Do you want to quit smoking? Are you ready to stop smoking for good? If you answered yes to both questions, give us a call today
416-886-1000 to book your one hour treatment.