Nicotine gum in Delhi?

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Any ideas where I can find Nicotine gums and patches in Delhi. I'm quitting smoking, and the gums do help.
I did try some small pharmacies but no ones even ever heard of it. And when they ask you 'what is that?' you gotta explain to them that its for people who are shrugging of smokes and its kinda embarrassing the eye they give you.

So any ideas?
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Ask for Nicotex 4mg chewing gum by Cipla.
Very few chemists will stock it. Tell your neighborhood chemist to get it for you from his Cipla dealer. Give him advance payment. Or ask him for the address of the nearest Cipla dealer.
In Connaught place Nath brothers in K block and in Yusuf Sarai near AIIMS, BL & Sons usually stock most medicines.
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Hmm Thanks

I will check it out!

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The major chemist chains, like Guardian or 98.4, should have it.

You might also consider the local equivalent of the stop-smoking pill Zyban. I think it's sold under the generic name Buproprion hydrochloride. Like most prescription medications, very cheap in India.
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Zyban by Glaxo was too expensive. Did not sell enough so they withdrew it from the Indian market.At least that is what happened a couple of years back. I do not know if it has been reintroduced after that. Nicotex is available at my neighborhood chemist in Gurgaon. I checked it today.
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Even the generic bupropion? I'd have thought it'd be made locally by Ranbaxy or whoever. When I quit smoking in the 90s I used the Wellbutrin brand of bupropion (same chemically, marketed as an anti-depressant) -- it was notably cheaper than Zyban in the US, and was also covered by my insurance...
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I would be a little cautious with Zyban - it can have some unfortunate psychological side effects on those susceptable.
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Hmm...is bupropion a gum?
Out of the one mentioned, which ones do actually? Do gums actually help or do you just end up getting addicted to the gums?
I did find out here at the chemist, he has ordered it for me, the Ranbaxy gums. 20 gums cost Rs.140 or something..
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In Australia I am using Nicabate 4mg lozenges and they work a treat. You just stick one in the side of your mouth and leave it there to disolve slowly and be absorbed by the lining of your mouth. I started in January on 6 or 7 a day and am now on 1 or sometimes 2 a day - easy!
To be honest I do think you come to depend on the lozenge but it's definitely better for you than cigarettes. Not quite the same with a nice cold Kingfisher at the end of a Goa day, though.
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Originally Posted by Keith H View Post Not quite the same with a nice cold Kingfisher at the end of a Goa day, though.
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Originally Posted by sa_ill View Post Hmm...is bupropion a gum?
Out of the one mentioned, which ones do actually? Do gums actually help or do you just end up getting addicted to the gums?
I did find out here at the chemist, he has ordered it for me, the Ranbaxy gums. 20 gums cost Rs.140 or something..
The gums are nothing but an alternative nicotine delivery system.

http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/medicines/100003542.html


Bupropion works on the neurotransmitter dopamine to reduce cravings:

http://www.ionchannels.org/showabstr...?pmid=16109583

When I quit in the 90s I started with the bupropion for about two months, and I found I was smoking much less. I then stopped with cigarettes and used the gum for the odd craving. I moved off the bupropion after about 6 months total but probably could have done so earlier.
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OK I've got my hands on NULIFE NICOTINE POLACRILEX GUM USP 4 mg.
There is no instruction manual on dosage etc.
I smoke about 7-12 cigs a day.
I took the first one in the morning when I was leaving for work. Usually during my drive to work, I smoke 2-3 cigs. I didnt smoke any this time. As of now, I've taken 2 more dosages of the gum and have smoke only 1 cig.

Is this the correct way to use them?

Am I taking the right gum? What about 2 gm (or higher doses whatever matches my case) ?

Thanks people!
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Yes this is the right way. Chew the gum slightly when you have the uncontrollable urge to smoke.Once you get the irritative taste of nicotine, hold the gum between your cheek and the jaw and let it slowly release the nicotine. When the urge returns, chew a bit more. Use it as little as will keep you away from smoke and as much as you need.
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Originally Posted by labrol View Post Yes this is the right way. Chew the gum slightly when you have the uncontrollable urge to smoke.Once you get the irritative taste of nicotine, hold the gum between your cheek and the jaw and let it slowly release the nicotine. When the urge returns, chew a bit more. Use it as little as will keep you away from smoke and as much as you need.
Thanks a lot labrol. These gums are really helping. I cant belive thats its already evening and I havent even smoked one. Although I do worry, will I get hooked on to the gums?

And for how long should I stay on the gum before I actually quit the gum?

If thats inappropriate, how long do people usually take to get off the gum?
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There you have one of the issues with gum rather than some of the other medication options like bupropion. You're still getting the nicotine but via a different method and still have to go through the withdrawal at some point, which is where the value of the bupropion (non-nicotine-based withdrawal relief) comes in. Eliminating the mechanical habits of lighting and smoking the cigarette are probably a good step, though.

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