Truth about Nicotine Replacement Therapy
Looking at the Truth about Nicotine Replacement Therapy and nicotine replacement therapy guide lines, there are many products to choose from. Time and space prohibit analysis of all of them in depth, so we will talk about one of the most popular products, Chantix.
Although the focus in this article will be on Chantix, the reader can do similar research on any and all other NRT products, such as Zyban or nicotine patches. By asking the appropriate questions, you will reap similar results. So we will focus on only one, Chantix.
First, let’s consider a few facts. NRT is no man’s land for being in mild withdrawal all the time but without any end in sight.
Does using nicotine to combat nicotine really make sense ?
Pharmaceutical cessation products continue to attract support disproportionate to their usefulness. This distracts attention from the reality that the most common and most effective method used by most ex-smokers still remains unassisted cessation.
( Yes, that means “Cold Turkey” ).
Research shows that unassisted cessation, or cold turkey, remains the most successful method of quitting. Researchers found that people who relapsed into smoking did so at equivalent rates, whether or not they had used NRT to assist in their quit attempt.
Whether we consider pills, patches, or gums as a potential solution, all have serious downsides. All of them. While all are dangerous to some degree, all of them are particularly dangerous to pregnant women. Additional information regarding the risks of smoking while pregnant may be found here.
According to the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, extremely serious and dangerous side effects are severely downplayed. Just listening to the disclaimers on Chantix ads should cause anyone to be very concerned.
Everyday Health breaks it down to two lists, Common Side Effects and Serious Side Effects. The first list should be sufficient to deter anyone researching the product.
It is my intent to give you the facts so as to enable you to choose wisely. It is not to scare you. For that reason, I leave it to you whether or not to review that list . A word of caution. Some of the warnings are very disturbing. I leave it to you.
NRT is not magic.
For that matter, there isn’t a quit aid out there that will do the work for you.
Chantix boasts a 44% success rate, what exactly does that mean ?
Their program requires taking their medications for 90 days at a cost of about $10 per day. That’s $900. Yikes!
And the success statistics are skewed. Learn what the statistics truly mean. Ask how was the rate computed.
44% of the smokers who paid $900 were not smoking on Day #90. However, the 56% who failed are invited (at another $900 each ) to try again.
Dr. Anjan Chatterjee, a medical director at Pfizer is on record as saying the success rate after one year drops to 23%. That’s according to Pfizer.
Independent research says that one year later, only 14% were still not smoking.. One out of Seven.. Not so good.
Nicotine is addictive in any form. Successful recovery from nicotine addiction is a combination of a little bit of work along with plain old practice at living your life one smoke-free day at a time.
A psychological approach that uses no drugs may be more preferable. It is best to limit those choices to Behavior Modification, Hypnosis, Acupuncture, or Abstinence Psychotherapy .
The introduction of drugs into your body in order to stop smoking may cause exposure to other related health risks not normally associated with smoking.
Choose your smoking cessation method very carefully. Ask about success rates. Ask about side effects.
It’s YOUR body and YOUR Life.
Get the facts, then choose wisely.
What experiences have you had with NRT products?