There is no dearth of medication in Australia when it comes to
addressing nicotine addiction, and most of these work as nicotine
replacement products. You can get these in the form of patches,
inhalers, chewing gum, lozenges, etc.
Some of the more popular brands of nicotine patches in Australia include
Nicotinell, Nicorette, and QuitX. Niconitell and Nicorette also make
nicotine chewing gums, while Nicorette also makes inhalers.
In using nicotine based medication to quit smoking you should know that
this does not stop your nicotine intake, but simply replaces the way you
get it. Therefore, if you smoke at the same time, you are actually
giving your body more nicotine than it is used to. However, using this
method allows your body to get its required dose of nicotine without any
of the other chemicals that you would get through cigarette smoke.
Another advantage is that your lungs are also protected.
However, do bear in mind that this is not something that can go on
indefinitely. Using any nicotine based product would require you to
slowly cut down your intake, and totally quit over a period of time.
Bupropion (brand name: Zyban) is a non-nicotine based medication and is
not suggested to all smokers. Therefore using this drug to stop smoking
requires you to do so in consultation with a doctor. Another
non-nicotine based medication that is gaining popularity is Nicobrevin.
This is to be taken over a period of 28 days and is made up of menthyl
valaerate, quinine, camphor, and eucalyptus oil. The makers of this drug
claim that it works by relieving irritability, and lessens your cravings
Advice for Quitting Smoking with a Medication Program