Intensive treatments for smoking cessation

According to research presented at the Annual Conference "Snuff or Health, held recently in New Orleans, USA, treatments to quit can succeed even in the most smokers and less motivated to quit. Twelve centers followed 600 smokers who were not motivated to quit their addiction. However, the participants underwent therapy, we first tested the severity of their addiction.

Thus, the authors find that these smokers needed intensive treatment. This included advice to motivate patients and a combination of drugs including the antidepressant bupropion and nicotinic replacement therapy (inhalers, nasal sprays, nicotine patches or gum). The conclusion was that those patients taking the antidepressant showed marked improvement. Thus, 14% of smokers who received bupropion showed motivated to quit their habit. However, only 8% of addicts who were taking a placebo he wanted to continue treatment.

Moreover, the researchers found that in the first group, the levels of cotinine (a metabolite of nicotine that is used to measure the level of this substance) in urine were reduced by 20% while in the placebo group only decreased by 8%. The researchers concluded that even the most addicted smokers can leave their habit. However, these patients require a greater percentage of nicotine replacement treatments to be effective.

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