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Ask the Pharmacist – how to give up smoking

Ask the Pharmacist – how to give up smoking

In the latest addition of our Ask The Pharmacist feature, Mounthawk Allcare Pharmacy’s Pat and Maria discuss how to give up smoking.

“Throughout this COVID pandemic, people have been doing a lot of soul-searching and we find people are now more health conscious than ever. Everyday, we see more and more people taking to the Fat Mile in their droves, determined to shift the pounds. Not so here in Mounthawk Pharmacy, where many of us have doubled in size over the past year-to the extent that we are considering if the professional Sumo-wrestling circuit is as lucrative as we have heard. There are many things you can do to improve your health, for example eating less and exercising more
(easier said than done). Another thing you can do is stop smoking and this article is for those people who are considering this option. After the most recent budget, it now costs more to buy a packet of cigarettes than to stay in a 4 star hotel in Leitrim for a month so if you fancy a break up the country in beautiful Carrick-On-Shannon, read on.

Nicotine is the substance found in cigarettes that is found in all nicotine replacement products over the counter. It helps to relieve the withdrawal effects you can experience after giving up smoking. There are a large range of products available from your local pharmacy and this article will run through them all to allow you to pick the one that is most suitable to your needs.

Patches – these are applied to clean, dry, non-hairy skin on the upper body for a defined amount of time every day. They come in a range of strengths and the strength you use depends on the amount of cigarettes you smoke in the day. For example if you smoke more than 20 cigarettes a day, you would require the 25mg/16 hour patch, use this for a few weeks and then reduce down slowly. Nicotine patches if worn for 24 hours can cause sleep disturbance so the newer patches tend to be worn for 16 hours so you put them on first thing in the morning and remove them last thing at night. The great thing about patches is that by releasing a steady amount of nicotine into your system, they help to prevent withdrawal and cravings. However some people find they can cause skin irritation so they are not suitable for everyone.

Chewing gum – comes in a range of strengths and flavours. The trick with nicotine gum is to chew it until the taste becomes strong and then rest the gum between your cheek and your gum. When the taste fades, start chewing again. This gives time for the nicotine to be absorbed across the oral mucosa. Many people like the chewing gum as the chewing action helps to relieve cravings fast, however for some people the gum causes throat irritation and indigestion.

Lozenges – very similar to the gum except that you suck the lozenge instead of chew it. As before when the taste becomes strong, rest the lozenge between your cheek and your gum. The lozenge will dissolve over about 20 minutes and comes in a range of flavours. A very popular option.

Spray – this is one of the newer methods available and you spray the inside of your mouth, avoiding the throat for a quick fix of nicotine. Do not inhale while spraying and do not swallow for a few seconds after spraying. Do not use more than 2 sprays at a time and no more than 4 sprays in the hour.

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Inhaler – another popular method, the inhaler is like an artificial cigarette and you place cartridges inside it to deliver the goods. An excellent option for those who miss the hand-mouth action of smoking a cigarette.

As you can see, there are a lot of options available to you but the most important thing when giving up smoking is willpower. These products can only help you so much, at the end of the day it is you that will have to do the hard work. Giving up smoking is hard and most people fail on their first, second attempts etc. Don’t be hard on yourself, any attempt to give up or cut down is to be applauded. Call into us in store where we are happy to provide you with the support you need to make an important health choice. And keep that all inclusive month away in Leitrim in the back of your mind when you are going through hard times. We hear it is just lovely in January”

If you need any advice feel free to contact All Care Pharmacy Mounthawk on :
E: mounthawk@allcarepharmacy.ie |
Ph: (066) 712 8989
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