Institute for Healing Arts Research : Director, Andrew Kochan, M.D.
Clinical Programs: Stop Smoking Now
Aftercare for Smoking Cessation Program

 Congratulations for taking the first step to a healthier future, and as with any medical procedure or treatment here are a few tips to help make the transition a little easier.

After the initial injections, you may feel a little light headed and dizzy, have a very dry mouth, and even have some visual blurriness. These side effects are normal and usually only last about a day or so and are nothing to be alarmed about. For the first 24 hours following the injections you will be advised not to drive, not to consume alcohol or take medications which you know might give you the same side effects as mentioned above.

You will be provided with two scopolamine patches. Upon waking the morning following the injection, cut one of the the patches in half and apply it behind one ear. You are to change the half patch every 3 days for a total of 12 days.

Dr. Kochan also recommends returning to the office within 3 to 7 days for an intravenous vitamin C infusion. Nicotine robs the body of vitamin C, a vital anti-oxidant which helps the body’s immune system. Taking extra vitamin C orally up to 3 grams a day is also helpful.

We will also provide you with Tea Tree Australian Chewing Sticks to help ease the urge for oral stimulation associated with cigarette smoking.

You may experience one or more of the following symptoms as your body adjusts to the withdrawl of tobacco; keep in mind these are all temporary.

Coughing- the body is getting rid of foreign matter and mucus which the cilia (little hairs in the airways) have been prevented from getting rid of by the chemicals in tobacco smoke.


Fatigue- nicotine is an artificial stimulant so you may experience rebound fatigue when it is withdrawn. This is another reason we offer the mega-dose vitamin IV which contains large amounts of several vitamin B’s which are known to help people with energy




Walking, exercise, drinking plenty of water and taking vitamins and tobacco detoxification supplements are a few of the things you can do to help control these symptoms. It will take your body some time to get used to the changes that will happen to it as you recover from your tobacco addiction.

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