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How is Tobacco Addiction Treated?
Because of the way it changes a user’s brain chemistry, nicotine dependency is very challenging to treat. Withdrawal symptoms can be intense, and even when a user sincerely wants to quit using tobacco, relapses are very common. Medications and drug-based therapies can help to control withdrawal symptoms and make it more likely that a user can successfully quit permanently.
- Nicotine replacement therapies. A common treatment for nicotine addiction involves products that deliver nicotine in a way that is less harmful than smoking. Nicotine patches, gum, lozenges, or other products relieve withdrawal symptoms and will gradually reduce the patient’s dependence on nicotine.
- Medications. Some antidepressants may reduce nicotine dependence by increasing dopamine levels in the brain. The drug varenicline (brand name Chantix) works by reducing the pleasurable affect of nicotine and controlling withdrawal symptoms. However, Chantix is not recommended for use by people under the age of 16.
- Support groups. Peer support groups and addiction counseling can be helpful, especially when used in combination with other treatments.
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