Nicotine Patch Protocol in Dallas
We do NOT support the use of any tobacco products. There are not any FDA approved medications for long covid as of 2023. While not FDA approved for long covid, there are several studies showing symptom relief associated with long covid. Unlike most treatments currently offered, it is 1 of 3 available treatments to consistently help reverse anosmia, dysgeusia, and parosmia. The studies used a 7.5mg/24-hour nicotine patch. In most countries, including the USA, the STEP 3 of quitting smoking 7mg is the most readily available. While you may want to use the 14mg (STEP 2) or the 21mg (STEP 1), there side effects will increase proportionally to the increase in dose. Most study participants saw relief from many of the long covid symptoms as early as 7 days after starting the nicotine patch.
How does nicotine work for long covid?
1. Nicotine activates the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR). This receptor is responsible for communication between neurons (nerve cells) and involved in almost every synaptic signal transmission. There is a possibility that SARS-CoV-2 binds to these nAChRs on a large scale in a non-intrinsic way is a plausible explanation for the widespread symptoms of long-haul COVID-19. Covid and possibly the spike protein competes for these receptors against the natural Acetylcholine (ACh). By competing, it prevents the normal activation and function of the cholinergic neuromodulation at the nicotinic receptors.
2. Nicotine also binds to a subgroup of nAChR called α7nAChR. This receptor located mainly on macrophages and nerve cells is responsible for the cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway (CAP pathway). Interestingly, both vagus nerve stimulation and ivermectin may work thru this pathway.
3. Nicotine upregulates ACE2 receptor expression on cells. This receptor is on most cells of the body and in particular the epithelial cells of the gut. While SARS-cov-2 uses this receptor to bind, enter, and infect each cell, it also reduces the number of ACE2 receptors that each cell has. ACE2 receptors help modulate blood pressure and inflammation. Despite the importance of this receptor, using an ACE inhibitor (angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor) or angiotensin receptor blockers (ARB) have not improved clinical outcomes.
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