There are four types of medical treatments you can seek out if you want to quit smoking (apart from having your mouth stapled shut):

  • Zyban. This is the marketing name for the antidepressant drug bupropion hydrochloride. These are basically happy pills for the ex-smoker that are intended to lessen (or even better, eliminate) the withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting smoking. To use Zyban, you start taking the pills a week or two before you quit smoking so they have a chance to start working. Then you simply stop smoking and try to feel happy. It can be expensive, and you should really have a doctor make sure that it's safe for you to use; you'd hate for the Zyban to react negatively because of other medications you're taking.

  • Nicotine Patches. These are the kings of the nicotine replacement game. They are small self-adhesive patches that you stick on your skin so that nicotine can enter your bloodstream at a steady rate all day. Patches come in different strengths, and you go from the strongest one you need to the weakest available, and then stop using them altogether.

  • Nicotine Gum. Nicotine gum helps you quit by providing you with a source of nicotine apart from smoking. It comes in different strengths (usually 4 mg or 2 mg of nicotine per piece). Nicotine gum, like any nicotine replacement therapy, allows you to deal with the physical component of addiction over a longer period of time with less drastic withdrawal symptoms.

  • Nictotine Inhalers and Nasal Sprays. Nicotine inhalers are shaped like little cigarettes, and when you suck on them they release a mist of nicotine into your lungs. The nasal spray is like the product you use for nasal congestion; you just pump it into your nostril and it sprays nicotine stuff up there. These are also meant to get you out of the habit of lighting cigarettes.

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