When choosing an aid to help in quitting smoking one that smokers are using is the nicotine inhaler. Many people prefer this to nicotine gums which need chewing or the patch which some people find uncomfortable. When a smoker first quits there are a variety of withdrawal symptoms they must deal with.
Depending on how many cigarettes were smoked daily and the length of time the person has been smoking these symptoms can be mild to severe.
The most common symptoms include irritability, depression, an inability to properly concentrate, trouble sleeping, agitation, anxiety, increased appetite and so potential weight gain as well as headaches and, the worst one for many smokers; the craving for a cigarette.
The inhaler helps with all these symptoms and can also be a good replacement for the routine of placing something in your mouth when you carve a cigarette. This method, combined with a good support system and the right motivation does work. But if you are still smoking after a month, this is not the time to quit.
Nicotine inhalers are not over the counter medications. They must be prescribed. Do not confuse this inhaler with what asthmatics use. This is not a one puff solution to the cravings. The inhaler packages comes cartridges. At first the expectation is that smoker will need to use at least six a day though they should not exceed sixteen daily.
The inhaler is used for about twenty minutes each occasion the cravings are there. This quells the craving and allows the smoker to continue on with their day. This is the first part of the treatment plan.
The smoker uses the inhaler as often as necessary. After the initial three months another period of six weeks to three months starts where the goal is to diminish the reliance on the inhaler. At the end of that time the smoker should be smoke free.
It is very important that the smoker refrain from smoking while using the inhaler. Too much nicotine can cause an overdose and this can be very dangerous. When requesting the inhaler from ones health care provider the smoker should make sure that they are very clear on any medical conditions that they may have. People with conditions, such as angina, tachycardia, respiratory diseases, diabetes or hypertension should find other methods to help them quite smoking. Those who are taking antidepressants should also look for other options.
Like most medications there are possible side effects to be aware of. If you notice flu or cold symptoms like coughing, wheezing, headaches, sore throat or diarrhea and they persist call your health care provider. This same action should be taken if you have unexplainable neck, jaw or back pain.
If you are pregnant or nursing your baby discuss with your health care provider if that is the right time to use an inhaler or if it would be better to wait. The nicotine you inhale goes to our unborn child or though the breast milk. An inhaler is a good tool for quitting smoking; you will have to discover if it is right for you.