This medication should not be used by someone who experiences seizures. Known side effects of over-dose include rapid heart rate and convulsions. Mild effects include dry mouth and insomnia, and allergic reactions occur in 3% of patients who use Brupopion. Bruponion can also cause sexual side effects including decreased libido and inability to climax. Talk to your doctor to learn whether Brupopion is right for you.
Replacement Therapy (NRT):
On the downside, while using NRT may help break your chemical dependency, it does not help with behavioural addiction. You still need to find ways to reinforce non-smoker behaviour as you wean from nicotine. As well, some users report insomnia and nausea as a result of NRT.
Although individual formulations will vary, here is a list of some of the most common herbs used to kick the habit:
Eucalyptus is approved by the American FDA as an expectorant. It is both anti-bacterial and anti-viral, and helps to soothe the bronchi.
Licorice Root helps to calm inflammation in the airways, removes phlegm and relieves coughing.
Lobelia is an herbal systemic relaxant that is used in treatment of respiratory conditions.
Marshmallow is soothing to the respiratory tract and is useful for treating coughs.
Plantain helps to reduce nicotine cravings while supporting the respiratory system.
Slippery Elm calms cough and helps to soothe the throat.
And dont be fooled into thinking that smoking a clove cigarette is a safe alternative to the real thing. Clove cigarettes can contain up to 60% tobacco, and burning clove releases carcinogens.
Below is a small list of remedies that might help you on your quest to quit. Visit a homeopath, naturopath or a knowledgeable health products store for more details. Remember, this list is for information only, and should not be construed as medical advice.
Nux Vomica is useful for congestion, cough, tiredness, and cravings for tobacco.
Plantago Major helps to reduce tobacco cravings.
Staphysphagria helps with cravings, insomnia and irritability.
Be sure to get adequate lean protein in the form of chicken, turkey and fish, or from the vast array of legumes including chick peas, kidney beans and lentils. Protein is essential for building a strong immune system. Snack on nuts and seeds to improve your intake of healing essential fatty acids (EFAs) EFAs reduce inflammation and promote cellular healing.
Supplement your healthy diet with a broad spectrum multi-vitamin to be sure to make up for any nutritional deficiencies in your diet. Youll be feeling your best in no time!
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