Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.
Volumes and volumes have been written about the dangers of smoking. But to quit smoking 'iron will' is often not enough. Not only does nicotine have the properties of a nootropic, that is, it stimulates the brain, and without this 'doping' it becomes difficult for many. It also causes a powerful psychological addiction, not much inferior in intensity to heroin addiction. Therefore, it is often necessary to use pharmacological support when quitting smoking. We have compiled a rating of the best drugs to help get rid of nicotine addiction.
- Rating of the best smoking cures
- The best pills for smoking
- Bullfight plus
- The best patches for smoking
- Nikvitin plaster
- The best smoking sprays
Rating of the best smoking cures
|Nomination||a place||Name of product||price|
|The best pills for smoking||1||Tabex||934 RUB|
|2||Champix||1 263 rub.|
|4||Bullfight plus||263 r|
|The best patches for smoking||1||Nikvitin plaster||890 RUB|
|The best smoking sprays||1||Nicorette||829 RUB|
The best pills for smoking
Tablets are perhaps one of the most convenient dosage forms: they can be carried with you and taken without attracting prying attention. Most tablets contain substances that act on receptors in the brain like nicotine, reducing the need for it.
Active ingredient: cytisine. It is a natural alkaloid that acts on the same receptors as nicotine, preventing withdrawal symptoms. On the other hand, while taking cytisine, nicotine does not have the usual effect, because the recipes are already blocked, and the cigarette begins to disgust. The tool has been used in pharmacology for over 40 years.
In the first 3 days, you need to take the medicine every 2 hours, then gradually the duration between them increases until complete failure. The full course of application is designed for 25 days, for this one package is enough for 100 tablets.
To prevent the patient from getting confused, the tablets in the package are divided into days of administration.
The manufacturer focuses on the completely vegetable origin of the product, but we dare to remind you that cigarette tobacco is also a completely natural plant. So the natural origin of the active substance does not protect against possible side effects caused by smoking pills:
- increased blood pressure, palpitations;
- headache, dizziness, sleep disturbances;
- dry mouth
- loss of appetite,
- nausea, vomiting, abdominal discomfort.
The remedy is contraindicated for people under 18 and over 65 years of age who have suffered a heart attack or stroke, suffering from severe atherosclerosis, pregnant and lactating.
- reduces addiction to nicotine,
- convenient packaging with marked reception days,
- packaging is enough for a course of treatment.
- possible side effects.
Active ingredient: vareklinin.
The mechanism of action of these pills from smoking is similar to the effect of the previous remedy in our rating. The active substance binds to the same receptors as nicotine, reducing both withdrawal symptoms and pleasure from smoking.
It is produced in tablets of 0.5 and 1 mg, but given that the minimum dosage is required only in the first week of treatment, it is better to immediately use 1 mg tablets, dividing them in half.
It is recommended to start taking the medication a week before the expected day of complete cessation of smoking.
On days 1–3, you need to take half a tablet 1 mg once a day, from 4 to 7 – ½ twice a day, then – 1 tablet twice a day.
The course of treatment is 3 months.
Possible side effects:
- decreased appetite,
- insomnia or drowsiness.
- changes in taste.
These pills for smoking are contraindicated in children. pregnant and lactating people, people with severe renal failure.
- reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms,
- high price.
Pure nicotine without smoke and tar, packed in mint-flavored lozenges. Produced by the Swiss company Novartis. Available in two dosages – 1 and 2 mg. For those who smoke more than a pack per day, it is better to start with a dose of 2 mg.
At first, the medicine is recommended to be taken every 2 hours, holding in the mouth until it is completely absorbed. At this time, it is permissible to take up to 15 tablets of 2 mg or up to 30 – 1 mg. Gradually you need to reduce the number of receptions, up to a complete cessation of use. There is no need to rush into this, the recommended course of treatment is 3 months.
These smoking pills can cause side effects related to the effects of nicotine on the body:
- nausea. vomiting, abdominal discomfort,
- dry throat, sore throat.
Among the shortcomings, one can note the relatively high price and the extremely rare availability of the drug in offline pharmacies. Those interested can purchase analogs: Nikorette, Nikvitin mini.
The only herbal pills in our list of the best smoking cures. Contains calamus rhizome powder and peppermint extract. Strictly speaking, there is not a single study proving that these substances are able to discourage the urge to smoke, so the effect of the remedy is rather distracting. As soon as there is a desire to smoke, you need to put the pill under the tongue and dissolve. Up to 30 tablets are allowed per day, the course is 5-7 weeks.
Unlike other drugs in this rating, Bullfighting Plus is not intended for substitution therapy, but should switch the patient's attention from a cigarette to a medicine. Because there is no confirmed scientific data on the effect of calamus rhizomes on the craving for smoking, although it is well known as a folk remedy.
Reviews on the Internet about this drug are mostly positive. And given the absence of contraindications and side effects, these pills for smoking can be recommended to those who prefer evidence-based traditional medicine or people who are not suitable for stronger remedies.
- natural composition,
- no contraindications
- no side effects.
- unproven effectiveness.
The best patches for smoking
At first glance, plasters seem to be more convenient than tablets: just stick it on a skin area hidden by clothing, and feel the effect for up to a day. In fact, the plaster can come off if you sweat a little and irritate the skin. However, these remedies for smoking have their fans.
Or, as the instructions say, a transdermal therapeutic system. Contains nicotine in dosages of 7, 14 and 21 mg per day, in a package of 7 patches.
Acts like nicotine tablets to relieve withdrawal symptoms. The patch should be applied to the skin, the area of which should be clean, dry and free of hair. You need to change the sticker once a day, and the next plate must be placed in another place.
They start with a patch with the maximum nicotine content, after 6 weeks you need to switch to a lower dosage, after another 2 – to the minimum concentration. That is, the full course will last 10 weeks, and it is not recommended to shorten or extend it yourself.
In the same way as with other nicotine-containing agents, side effects caused by nicotine overdose are possible when used.
- individual intolerance,
- recent myocardial infarction,
- unstable, progressive angina pectoris,
- Prinzmetal angina (vasospastic),
- the transferred violation of cerebral circulation.
Possible analogues: Nicorette, Nicotinell.
- once pasted the plaster is valid for a day.
- high price.
An anti-smoking patch made in China. Contains an extract of the plant Gautunia Herbina, the active substance of which binds to receptors sensitive to nicotine. The effect is similar to the effect of the drugs described in the first section of our rating: reducing the urge to smoke and the pleasure obtained from the cigarette.
Despite the fact that of the side effects only possible allergic reactions are stipulated, the patch is not indicated for hypertensive patients. Other contraindications are pregnancy and childhood.
The tool is applied only for a day, it must be peeled off before going to bed.
The recommended course of use is 3 – 10 weeks.
- does not contain nicotine.
- can increase blood pressure.
The best smoking sprays
We studied a lot of smoking sprays offered by Internet sites, among the seemingly many options, we found only one, according to all the rules, registered for sale in Russia.
Of course, you can find advertisements for many more sprays by searching the Internet. But after analyzing the actively advertised products, we found out that they were either withdrawn from sale in Russia, and they have to be ordered in foreign pharmacies; or are sold on sites of questionable origin. And the well-known drug allegedly produced in the USA is completely unknown to the English-speaking Internet, not to mention the official website of the FDA, without the approval of which it is impossible to produce drugs and dietary supplements in the USA. That is, where it is actually produced, and what is inside this spray is impossible to verify.
We did not include in the rating, even if it is purely informational, drugs of an unknown manufacturer with unverifiable composition and unpredictable results of action, which made the only position in the rating uncontested.
A classic nicotine replacement therapy. Can be used alone or in combination with the patch of the same name.
The main advantage of nicotine in the form of a spray is rapid absorption: the drug penetrates through the mucous membrane in 3-5 minutes, and after 10-15 minutes a concentration is reached, sufficient for the manifestation of the effects of nicotine.
The spray should be used as soon as there is a desire to smoke, but not more than 4 times an hour. In just a day, it is allowed to take 64 doses, but do not forget about a possible overdose. If you use a patch at the same time with the spray, the number of permissible 'zips' must be adjusted according to the instructions.
Possible side effects:
- nausea, abdominal pain, dyspepsia, bloating;
- dry mouth or, conversely, increased salivation,
- taste disturbances,
The remedy is contraindicated only for children under 18 years of age and people with known nicotine intolerance. During pregnancy and lactation, you can use Nicorette, but remember that nicotine narrows the blood vessels of the placenta and penetrates into breast milk. However, the same thing happens with ordinary smoking, but along with nicotine, many other toxic products of tobacco combustion enter the body.
- eliminates withdrawal symptoms due to a lack of nicotine.
- possible side effects.
It should be noted that any remedies for smoking, even those collected in this rating, reduce, first of all, physical dependence. They cope with psychological dependence much worse.
Yes, many drugs can help relieve the anxiety and stress caused by quitting smoking. But no medicine can fill the void caused by the abandonment of habitual ritual and social interactions. A cigarette with morning coffee, a smoke break at work, talking in a smoking room, smoking as a way to calm down or stimulate creativity – all these become part of everyday life. Therefore, when quitting smoking, it makes sense to consider, on your own or with the help of a psychologist, how you can fill the void formed instead of these rituals. Then the process of quitting the bad habit will become much easier.
Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.