Prescription medicines are intended to assist smokers with their quit attempt, in combination with appropriate counselling.
Smoking cessation medicines are intended to help reduce the desire to smoke as well as symptoms you experience when you give up smoking. They are not suitable for everyone and your doctor is best positioned to discuss any benefits and risks with you. You are more likely to stop smoking if you are motivated to stop.
Medicines are most effective in combination with determination and willpower, a quit plan from your doctor, support from your family and friends or even a counsellor as well as changes to your lifestyle and behaviour that help you break your old habits.
Speak to your doctor for more information about prescription medicines for smoking cessation.
While not everyone experiences all of the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal, these symptoms can include craving tobacco, irritability, frustration, feeling angry, sleep problems, depressed mood, feeling anxious, difficulty in concentration, restlessness, weight gain and more. Some strategies to help break the hold of nicotine include avoiding triggers such as coffee or alcohol, spending time with non-smokers or in smoke-free venues and exercising. Be sure to always follow the directions from your doctor carefully and remember to always keep medicines out of reach of children.