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Quit Smoking Safely

Quitting smoking is not easy, but the benefits far outweigh the challenges. One of the most effective methods for quitting is nicotine replacement therapy.

“Nicotine in cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco is highly addictive,” says F. Michael Caldwell, MD, internal medicine physician at Saint Francis Clinic Poplar Bluff. “Nicotine replacement therapy can help relieve some of your physical withdrawal symptoms when you quit. Some studies have shown that people who use nicotine replacement therapy can nearly double their chances of quitting for good.”

F. Michael Caldwell, MD
F. Michael Caldwell, MD

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved five different forms of nicotine replacement therapy: patch, lozenge, gum, nasal spray and inhaler. Talk to your doctor about which form may be best for you.

“Be sure you only use your chosen therapy for the prescribed amount of time,” says Caldwell. “You want to avoid becoming addicted to it as a replacement for cigarettes.”

For more information, call 573-331-3000.

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