Niquitine Minis 1.5 mg Fresh Mint Sugar Free 60 Tablets on sale in our online pharmacy, is indicated for the treatment of tobacco dependence, to relieve the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal in patients who wish to stop their tobacco use.
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NiQuitin MINIS 1.5 mg FRESH MINT 60 TABLETS WITHOUT SUGAR
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Description Niquitin Minis 1.5 mg Fresh Mint Sugar Free 60 Tablets
Niquitin Minis 1.5 mg Fresh Mint Sugar Free 60 Tablets are always at hand and throughout the day, they allow you easy and discreet gesture to fight effectively against your lack of sensations. He founded in about 10 minutes in the mouth to clear the cigarette quickly: the fresh mint taste and nomadic size to take everywhere with you. The tablets are for smokers who want to be active in their weaning and choose when to take their treatment because they attach great importance to maintaining a certain body language.
Directions for use of Niquitin Minis 1.5 mg Fresh Mint Sugar Free 60 Tablets
The lozenge sweetened with acesulfame potassium should not be given to people under 18 years without medical prescription. There are no data evaluating treatment with this drug in patients under 18 years.
Adults and elderly:
The lozenge dosed at 1.5 mg is indicated for low and medium smokers addicted to nicotine, that is to say, smoking their first cigarette beyond 30 minutes after waking.
Full stop smoking
The treatment of dependence on nicotine is usually done in 3 steps.
- Step 1 Weeks 1 to 6: initial treatment phase: 1 lozenge every 1 to 2 hours
- Step 2 Weeks 7-9: Monitoring of treatment: 1 lozenge every 2 to 4 hours
- Step 3 Weeks 10-12: Smoking Cessation: 1 lozenge every 4 to 8 hours
To help the further withdrawal after 12 weeks: 1-2 lozenges per day only in case of strong temptations.
During weeks 1-6, the dosage should be at least 9 lozenges per day.
The number of lozenges shall in no case exceed 15 per day.
temporary abstinence of tobacco
Sucking one tablet every time the urge to smoke. The number of tablets of 1.5 mg must not exceed 15 tablets daily.
Suck slowly compressed for the required time (10 minutes for NiQuitinMinis) by circulating of both sides of your mouth until completely dissolved. The tablet should not be chewed or swallowed because the diffusion of nicotine is gradually made to be absorbed by the oral mucosa. We must refrain from drinking or eating when the tablet is in the mouth.
Composition of Niquitin Minis 1.5 mg Fresh Mint Sugar Free 60 Tablets
The active substance is 1.5 mg nicotine in the form of nicotine resinate 7.5 mg per one tablet to be sucked.
The other ingredients are mannitol, sodium alginate, calcium polycarbophil, anhydrous sodium carbonate, xanthan gum, magnesium stearate, acesulfame potassium, potassium bicarbonate, aroma "Takasago flavor masking", peppermint flavor, menthol aroma.
Excipients with known effect: mannitol, aspartame, potassium bicarbonate.
Deficiencies in vitamin C and vitamin E among tobacco smokers
Smoking causes a deficiency of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and vitamin E (tocopherol).
Vitamin E and vitamin C are antioxidants, capable of neutralizing in our body the free radicals produced during inflammatory processes (smoking, cancer, Alzheimer disease). In fact, free radicals generated by tobacco smoke gradually destroys cellular membranes.
The vitamin E (tocopherol) acts synergistically with vitamin C, which is why the intake of vitamin C significantly reduced vitamin E deficiency observed in tobacco smokers.
Tobacco smokers always are deficient in vitamin E and vitamin C, it is for these reasons we recommend the food supplements rich in vitamin C (Acerola) and bioavailable vitamin E natural
Precaution of use
Do not take Niquitin Minis 1.5 mg Fresh Mint 60 tablets without sugar:
- If you do not smoke or if you are an occasional smoker,
- If allergic to any of the constituents,
IF IN DOUBT, ASK THE ADVICE OF YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST.
Some diseases require examination and a medical follow before using the drug. Thus, in case of:
- Liver and / or severe renal insufficiency,
- Stomach ulcer or duodenal changing.
It is essential to consult your doctor before using this medicine.
It is imperative to keep lozenges out of the reach of children (severe intoxication or life).
Some signs indicate underdosing. If you feel, despite treatment, a lack of sensation, especially as:
- Irritability, sleep disturbances,
- Restlessness or impatience,
- Difficulty concentrating.
Consult your doctor or pharmacy. Indeed, it may be necessary to modify the dosage of the drug.
Some signs may indicate an overdose; if you develop signs of overdose, that is to say, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, hypersalivation, sweating, headache, dizziness, hearing loss, general weakness.
It is imperative to adopt the treatment helping you to your doctor or pharmacist.
IF IN DOUBT, DO NOT HESITATE TO ASK YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST.
Taking or using other medicines: Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, even if it is a drug not prescribed. Stopping smoking can affect the action of certain drugs. Talk to your pharmacist or doctor.
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding: Ask your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medicine.
Introducing Niquitin Minis 1.5 mg Fresh Mint Sugar Free 60 Tablets
Box of 60 lozenges.
Attention, the drug is not a product like any other. Read the package leaflet before ordering. Do not let drugs out of reach of children. If symptoms persist, seek the advice of your doctor or pharmacist. Beware of incompatibilities on your current products.
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It is used either to stop smoking permanently or to stop temporarily.
Precautions are necessary in case of stomach or duodenal ulcer , renal insufficiency or severe hepatic impairment . In these situations, a prior medical consultation is essential before using this medication; a cessation of smoking without substitution treatment may be necessary.
Do not use other medicines containing nicotine, including transdermal patches (see Drug Interactions).
overdose may appear. Contact your doctor in case of any doubt.
Tobacco use in pregnant women may cause fetal growth retardation. Stopping tobacco is always desirable. In women who are highly dependent on nicotine, the use of this medication may be an aid, but the effects of nicotine alone on the fetus are poorly understood. This drug has the advantage of not exposing the fetus to other toxic substances present in tobacco smoke. In summary: if the ideal is not to smoke and not to expose the fetus to nicotine intake, the use of this drug is a lesser evil compared to tobacco.
Nicotine passes into breast milk, and breast-feeding is not recommended during treatment.
If breastfeeding is nevertheless chosen, take the tablets preferably after the headache.
In practice, it is useful to know the signs of under or overdose to adapt the dosage after a few days of treatment:
- the overdose results in the condition of the smoker who has smoked too much and is mainly reflected in a nauseous condition and headaches. Difficulty in sight or hearing, trembling, dizziness are also possible;
- an under-dosage causes symptoms of lack: irritability, nervousness, stomach cramps (kind of painful hunger), difficulty concentrating.
Place the tablet in the mouth, without chewing or chewing, to allow the slow and steady absorption of nicotine through the blood vessels of the mouth. The tablet dissolves in about 10 minutes and should be regularly moved from one side of the mouth to the other during this time.
It is important not to drink or eat as long as the tablet is in your mouth.
- Adult over 18 years:
Temporary cessation of smoking or reduction in the number of cigarettes : 1 tablet whenever the urge to smoke appears, not to exceed 15 tablets of 1.5 mg or 11 tablets of 4 mg per day.
Do not exceed 6 months of continuous treatment.
Nicotine taken by way oral replacing the cigarette has the same cardiovascular harmful than that in tobacco. Only the risk of lung cancer disappears. When smoking cessation is motivated by urgent medical reasons: recent infarction , arteritis , gastritis or ulcer , it is preferable to stop the absorption of nicotine in all its forms.
Like all smoke-free methods used to help smokers, this drug can only be effective when the will to quit is personal and accompanied by strong motivation. It is this motivation that will make it possible to fight against the desire to smoke, without being forced to make constant appeal to the will that dulls over time. A cessation of lasting tobacco in the smoker assumes that the smoker considers tobacco to be a poison, an unacceptable addiction. It must be done to the idea that it will never smoke, from the beginning of weaning. Every day without tobacco must be experienced as a release, not as a calvary. The smoker who is in this state of mind is a good candidate for definitive weaning.
Stopping smoking, which is a real drug, causes many problems: weight gain is frequent, concentration disorders can last several weeks. A mild depressive condition is possible. Weight gain should be fought by a diet, and if possible by a sports program that has the advantage of reconciling the smoker with his body.
Do not hesitate to consult your doctor in case of difficulty; his advice and experience will be invaluable in the fight against relapses.
Frequent: nausea, difficult digestion, hiccups, headache, palpitations , dry mouth, rhinitis, cough.
Rarely: heart rhythm disorders .
Arterial disease favored by smoking and most often localized to the legs. It is characterized by a thickening of the arterial walls which interferes with blood circulation and causes pain during walking (intermittent claudication). Lower limb arteritis increases the risk of myocardial infarction and requires medication. At an advanced stage, it can be treated surgically.
Synonym: Occlusive arteriopathy of the lower limbs.
System, sometimes called patch or patch, allowing the absorption of a drug through the skin: it ensures the diffusion of the active substance to the blood vessels of the dermis. The substance then circulates in the blood and can act as if it had been swallowed or injected. This device avoids the first-pass effect of the liver.
A part of the intestine into which food from the stomach penetrates.
State of moral suffering associating a demotivation, a fatigue, a feeling of uselessness, of self-depreciation. In the absence of treatment, the depressive state may develop into a serious depression with a feeling of incurability, guilt, and a suicidal risk.
Inflammation of the stomach favored by stress, tobacco, alcohol and certain drugs such as aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs.
Destruction of part of the cardiac muscle (myocardium), deprived of blood by obstruction of its arteries.
Inability of the liver to perform its function, which is essentially the elimination of some waste, but also the synthesis of many biological substances essential to the body: albumin, cholesterol and coagulation factors (vitamin K, etc.).
Inability of the kidneys to eliminate waste or medicinal substances. Advanced renal insufficiency does not necessarily result in a decrease in the amount of urine excreted. Only a blood test and creatinine dosage may reveal this disease.
Tissue (membrane) that lines the cavities and ducts of the body communicating with the outside (digestive tract, respiratory tract, urinary tract, etc.).
Abnormal perception of irregular heartbeat.
Quantity and distribution of the dose of a drug according to the age, weight and general condition of the patient.
Taking an excessive amount of a drug exposes you to an increase in the intensity of adverse effects, or even to the appearance of particular adverse effects.
This overdose may result from accidental or voluntary poisoning for suicide, so consult your local Poison Control Center (listed in the appendix to the book). However, in most cases, overdose is the result of an error in the understanding of the prescription, or the search for an increase in efficacy by exceeding the recommended dosage. Finally, untimely self-medication may lead to excessive absorption of the same substance contained in different drugs. Some drugs are particularly prone to this risk because they are (wrongly) considered to be harmless: vitamins A and D, aspirin, etc. Stopping or decreasing drug intake helps to remove the disorders associated with an overdose.
Trouble felt by a person with an illness. The same symptom can translate different diseases and the same disease does not necessarily give the same symptoms in all the patients.
heart rhythm disorders
Severe or benign anomaly of the frequency of contractions of the heart. Extrasystole is contraction occurring just before or after a normal contraction, often perceived as a slight shock in the chest. Fibrillation is an irregular and disorderly contraction. Other disorders include torsades de pointes, Wolf-Parkinson-White syndrome, Bouveret's disease, tachysystolia, flutter and atrioventricular block, etc.
Injury of skin, mucous membranes or cornea.
- Leg ulcer: chronic wound due to poor circulation of blood.
- Gastroduodenal ulcer: a localized wound in the mucosa of the stomach or duodenum due to excess acidity and very often to the presence of a bacterium (Helicobacter pylori). The ulcer is favored by stress, alcohol, smoking and certain medications (aspirin, NSAIDs, etc.).
- Pathway (route of administration) used to administer drugs: oral, sublingual, subcutaneous, intramuscular, intravenous, intradermal, transdermal.
- Set of hollow organs allowing the passage of air (respiratory tract), food (digestive tract), urine (urinary tract), bile (bile ducts), etc.
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You should always take this medication exactly as prescribed in this leaflet or by your doctor or pharmacist.
· Keep this leaflet. You might need to read it again.
· Ask your pharmacist for advice or information.
· If you experience any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This also applies to any side effects not mentioned in this leaflet. See section 4.
· You should talk to your doctor if you do not feel better or feel less well.
1. What is NIQUITINMINIS MENTHE FRAICHE 1.5 mg SUGAR-FREE, sweetened tablet sweetened with acesulfame potassium and in which cases is it used?
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4. What are the possible side effects?
5. How to store NIQUITINMINIS MENTHE FRAICHE 1.5 mg SUGAR-FREE, sugared tablet sweetened with acesulfame potassium?
6. Package contents and other information.
This drug is indicated for the treatment of tobacco dependence in order to relieve symptoms of nicotine withdrawal in subjects wishing to stop their tobacco use.
Although definitive cessation of tobacco use is preferable, this drug may be used in:
· the cases where a smoker temporarily abstains from smoking,
· a strategy to reduce smoking as a step towards the final stop.
You should talk to your doctor if you do not feel better or feel less well.
· if you are allergic to the active substance or to any of the other ingredients of this medication mentioned in section 6.
· if you do not smoke or if you are an occasional smoker.
· if you are allergic to the active substance or to any of the other ingredients of this medication mentioned in section 6.
· if you do not smoke or if you are an occasional smoker.
If in doubt, it is essential to seek the advice of your doctor or pharmacist.
Warnings and Precautions
Some diseases require examination and medical follow-up before using this medication. Thus in case of:
· severe hepatic and / or renal insufficiency,
· ulcer of the stomach or duodenum in evolution,
· history of seizures.
Talk to your doctor before taking NIQUITINMINIS MENTHE FRAICHE 1.5 mg SUGAR-FREE, sweetened tablet with acesulfame potassium.
Some signs indicate an under-dosage . If you feel, despite the treatment, a feeling of "lack" such as in particular:
o compelling need to smoke,
o irritability, sleep disturbances,
o agitation or impatience,
o difficulty of concentration.
Consult your doctor or pharmacist. It may be necessary to change the dosage of the medication.
Some signs may reflect an overdose : if there are signs of overdose, ie:
o nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea,
o sweating, headache, dizziness, hearing loss,
o general weakness.
It is imperative to adapt the treatment with the advice of your doctor or pharmacist.
· if you are diabetic , you should control your blood sugar more regularly than usual when you start using NIQUITINMINIS FRESH MINT 1.5 mg SUGAR-FREE, sweetened sweetened tablet with acesulfame potassium as this medication may affect your needs insulin or your treatment.
· if you are hospitalized due to a heart attack, severe heart rhythm disorder or stroke , it is recommended that you stop smoking without using nicotine replacement therapy unless otherwise advised by your doctor. Once you get out of the hospital, you can normally use nicotine substitutes.
· if you have a heart problem , you should consult a doctor before using nicotine replacement.
If in doubt do not hesitate to seek the advice of your doctor or pharmacist.
Children and Youth
It is imperative to keep the tablets to suck out of the reach of children. Indeed, the therapeutic dose intended for the adult could cause a serious poisoning or even fatal in the child.
Other medicines and NIQUITINMINIS FRESH MINT 1.5 mg SUGAR-FREE, sweetened tablet with acesulfame potassium
Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or may take any other medicines.
NIQUITINMINIS FRESH MINT 1.5 mg SUGAR-FREE, sweetened tablet with acesulfame potassium with food and drink
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, think you may be pregnant or plan a pregnancy, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
It is very important to quit smoking during your pregnancy for you and your child.
Smoking cessation during pregnancy requires medical advice and follow-up. You should therefore consult the doctor who follows your pregnancy or your usual doctor or a doctor at a center specialized in smoking cessation.
If you smoke a lot and do not plan to stop smoking, you should not breastfeed your child, but use artificial breastfeeding.
The use of this medication should be avoided during breast-feeding.
However, if you want to stop smoking and breast-feed your child, take advice from your doctor or a doctor at a smoking cessation center.
Driving and using machines
Reserved for adults
The number of tablets to use each day depends on your nicotine dependence which can be assessed using the Fagerström test ( see TIPS / HEALTH EDUCATION ).
The 1.5 mg sucking tablet is indicated for smokers with moderately or nicotine-dependent smoking, ie smoking their first cigarette after the first 30 minutes of waking.
Complete cessation of smoking
The treatment of nicotine addiction is usually done in 3 steps.
Initial Treatment Phase
To help with weaning after 12 weeks: 1 to 2 tablets to suck per day only in case of strong temptations
1 tablet to suck every 1 to 2 hours
1 tablet to suck every 2 to 4 hours
1 tablet to suck every 4 to 8 hours
During weeks 1 to 6, the dosage should be at least 9 tablets to be sucked per day.
In no case should the number of tablets to be sucked exceed 15 per day.
If during your treatment you continue to feel irrepressible cravings or if your treatment has failed, CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR.
· Temporary abstinence from tobacco
Suck one tablet every time the urge to smoke appears.
The number of tablets dosed at 1.5 mg should not exceed 15 tablets per day.
· Reduction in tobacco consumption
As much as possible, alternate nicotine tablets and cigarettes.
Suck a tablet as soon as the urge to smoke appears to reduce as much as possible the consumption of cigarettes and stay as long as possible without smoking.
The number of tablets to be sucked per day is variable and depends on the needs of the patient.
However, it should not exceed 15 per day.
If a reduction in cigarette consumption has not been obtained after 6 weeks of treatment, it is recommended to seek advice from a health care professional.
Reducing tobacco consumption must gradually lead the patient to complete cessation of smoking. This should be stopped as soon as possible within 6 months of starting treatment. If after more than 9 months after initiating therapy, the attempt to stop smoking has failed, it is recommended to seek advice from a health professional.
It is recommended not to use tablets to suck for more than 6 months.
Duration of treatment
The total duration of treatment should not exceed 6 months.
If you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription / herbal products you may use before using this medication.
Method and route of administration
The tablet to be sucked should be placed in the mouth where it will dissolve. It should be regularly placed from one side of the mouth to the other until it dissolves completely (about 10 minutes). The tablet should not be chewed or swallowed, as nicotine released gradually should be absorbed by the buccal mucosa.
You should refrain from eating or eating when the tablet is in your mouth.
Use in children and adolescents
This medication should not be used without prescription in patients younger than 18 years of age.
If you take more NIQUITINMINIS FRESH MINT 1.5 mg SUGAR-FREE, sweetened tablet with acesulfame potassium you should not have
In case of accidental overdose or if a child has swallowed one or more tablets to suck, CONTACT A DOCTOR OR AN EMERGENCY SERVICE.
Severe intoxication may occur and may include hypotension, weak and irregular heartbeat, respiratory discomfort, prostration, cardiovascular collapse and convulsions.
If you stop taking NIQUITINMINIS MENTHE FRAICHE 1.5 mg SUGAR-FREE, sweetened tablet with acesulfame potassium
If you have any further questions on the use of this medication, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Most reported adverse events occur within the first 3 to 4 weeks after initiation of therapy.
· Very common (affects more than 1 in 10 people): malaise, nausea.
· Common (affects between 1 in 10 people and 1 in 100 people): discomfort, headache, dizziness, vomiting, digestive disorders, diarrhea, indigestion / heartburn, flatulence, constipation, hiccups, sore throat, mouth, dry mouth, insomnia, cough, palpitations.
· Rare (affects between 1 in 1000 people and 1 in 10,000 people): heart rhythm disorder.
· Very rare (affects less than 1 in 10,000 people): severe allergic reactions such as wheezing or tightness in the chest, urticaria and a feeling of weakness.
Buccal mouth ulcers may be linked to smoking cessation and not to your treatment.
Due to the presence of mannitol, there is a risk of digestive disorders and diarrhea.
Declaration of side effects
If you experience any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This also applies to any side effects not mentioned in this leaflet. You can also report adverse reactions directly via the national reporting system: National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products (ANSM) and network of Regional Centers of Pharmacovigilance - Website: www.ansm.sante.fr
By reporting adverse reactions, you are helping to provide more information about the safety of the drug.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the package after EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Store at a temperature not exceeding 30 ° C.
Store in the original package in order to protect from moisture.
Do not throw any medicines into drains or rubbish. Ask your pharmacist to remove any medications you are no longer using. These measures will help protect the environment.
· The active substance is:
Nicotine................................................. .................................................. 1,500 mg
In the form of nicotine resinate ............................................. ............................................ 7,500 mg
For a tablet to suck
· The other ingredients are mannitol, sodium alginate, calcium polycarbophil, anhydrous sodium carbonate, xanthan gum, magnesium stearate, acesulfame potassium, potassium bicarbonate, "takasago flavor masking" aroma, peppermint flavor, menthol flavor.
Boxes of 1 or 2 tubes of 20 tablets or 1 or 2 tubes of 30 tablets.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
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Health Education Council:
Stopping smoking as soon as possible results in immediate health benefits. It's never too late to quit even if you've smoked a long time and a lot.
As soon as you stop smoking:
· You will not absorb the irritating and toxic substances of cigarettes,
· You will see some improvements: progressive disappearance of headaches, cough, irritation of the throat, shortness of breath,
· You will often have the satisfaction of regaining better sleep, food flavor, odor and improve your physical performance,
· You will decrease your risk of developing lung cancer or cardiovascular disease. Moreover, in cardiac or arterial diseases (angina pectoris, arteritis of the lower limbs ...), it is particularly imperative to succeed in quitting smoking.
What is tobacco dependence?
Tobacco addiction is twofold:
· Psychological dependence:
Smoking a cigarette involves a ritual of automatic and repetitive gestures associated with particular circumstances (pleasure, response to stress, intellectual stimulation, support for morale, need for a gesture of conviviality). This is psychological and behavioral dependence.
· Physical dependence:
The need for the nicotine body is due to the effects of this substance on the nervous system. This is physical dependence. Failure to satisfy this need results in a sense of lack (see description in the chapter "How to overcome your physical dependence?").
Nicotinic substitutes aim to treat this dependence.
How to overcome your psychological addiction?
· Stopping smoking is necessary to increase your chances of success, but more:
o choose a day J in the period that seems most favorable to you,
o throw away your last pack of cigarettes, your lighter and put away your ashtrays,
o in a couple of smokers, it is preferable that the attempt to stop is made at the same time by both spouses.
· Tell your family and co-workers that you quit smoking. Ask them to respect your decision (no smoking near you, no longer offering you cigarettes).
· Prepare yourself to cope with the desire to smoke. It can occur suddenly and severely, especially during the first few weeks after the cessation of smoking, but does not last more than 3 or 4 minutes.
You must anticipate what you will do in this case and act very quickly so as not to "crack" as for example:
o drink a large glass of water,
o to chew gum,
o counting up to 100,
o do some deep breaths,
o out of the room,
o change activity ...
· Avoid situations associated with taking cigarettes (coffee, aperitif, ...), avoid temptations (settle with non-smokers). Find cigarette compensation (leisure, sport, cultural activity ...).
How to overcome your physical addiction?
If you are addicted to nicotine, the success of your approach may require the use of nicotine substitutes.
In order to assess your level of dependence, the Fagerström test is offered.
How long after you wake up do you smoke your first cigarette?
· Within 5 minutes: 3
· 6 to 30 minutes: 2
· 31 to 60 minutes: 1
· Close to 60 minutes: 0
Do you find it difficult to not smoke in places where it is forbidden?
· Yes: 1
· No: 0
What cigarette of the day would you be the hardest to give up?
· The first: 1
· Another: 0
How many cigarettes do you smoke per day?
· 10 or less: 0
· 11 to 20: 1
· 21 to 30: 2
· 31 or more: 3
Do you smoke at a more sustained pace in the morning than in the afternoon?
· Yes: 1
· No: 0
Do you smoke when you are so sick that you have to stay in bed almost all day?
· Yes: 1
· No: 0
score 0 to 2: you are not addicted to nicotine. You can stop smoking without the need for nicotine replacement. If you are concerned about this decision, consult your pharmacist or doctor.
score 3 to 4: you are weakly dependent on nicotine.
score 5 to 6: you are moderately addicted to nicotine. The use of nicotine substitutes will increase your chances of success. Consult with your pharmacist or doctor to help you choose the treatment best suited to your situation.
score 7 to 10: you are strongly or very strongly dependent on nicotine. The use of nicotine substitutes is recommended to help you overcome this addiction to nicotine. This treatment should be used in sufficient and appropriate dosage.
Consult with your pharmacist or doctor, possibly as part of a specialized smoking cessation counseling.
Weaning-related disorders may persist for a long time and the duration of treatment should be sufficient, usually one to three months.
If you feel, despite the treatment, a feeling of persistent "lack" such as:
· compelling need to smoke,
· irritability, sleep disturbances,
· agitation or impatience,
· difficulty of concentration.
Take the advice of your doctor or pharmacist as doses may need to be adjusted.
How do you get help?
· Support from health professionals
The support, advice and follow-up that your doctor or pharmacist can give you will be valuable during the first six months of your smoking cessation. You can also use a specialized smoking cessation counseling, especially if you have already failed.
· Psychological support
Stopping smoking requires a supportive family and social environment. If you are concerned that the difficulties are too great, psychological support or temporary treatment can help.
In the months following tobacco cessation, you may find moderate weight gain. If you have any concerns in this area, you can contact a health professional who will be able to advise you.
You started smoking again, why?
Consider this relapse as an accident of course, as a normal event that allows to learn: the relapse is not a failure.
Analyze the reasons why you took back the tobacco.
· Because of the physical dependence
This may have been poorly taken into account or reappeared after several months, occasionally, for example, by prolonged stays in smoky atmospheres.
· Because of excessive weight gain
It may be necessary to change your diet somewhat before your next attempt to quit smoking.
· Because of a decline in motivation , because of a painful event or a difficult period , because of psychological difficulties appearing at the cessation of smoking (depression, anxiety ...), because of a situation very tempting. Understand the reason for this relapse to prevent it if possible during the next attempt.
In all cases, do not hesitate to ask for advice from a health professional or to use a specialized consultation to help with smoking cessation.
If you have started smoking again, do not get discouraged, experience shows that your chances of success increase after one or more attempts to quit. Do not hesitate to get help from your doctor, from a tobacco consultation, or tobacco-info-service at 39 89.
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