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Quit Smoking

One of the most important decisions you’ll ever make!

Around 60% of Britain’s 7 million smokers currently want to give up smoking. They know that their habit is damaging their health and draining money from their household budgets. There’s also a growing feeling that smoking is a dirty habit. Smokers face increasing social disapproval, as well as rejection when it comes to applying for jobs, looking for rented accommodation, applying for insurance - and even when looking for romance! 

Fortunately, there are prescription medications available that can help reduce nicotine cravings and increase your chances of successfully giving up smoking.

Prices from £82.50
(incl. prescription + next day delivery)

DoktorABC is a leading online prescription service that helps thousands of UK smokers to quit the habit with a minimum of fuss. We’re committed to helping people to take control of their health and find exactly the right treatments for beating nicotine withdrawal. 

Medication

Want to Quit - But Don’t Know Where to Start?

Too Many Options?

It’s never been easier to give up smoking, with NHS resources devoted to NRT (nicotine replacement therapy), government schemes, and an array of self help measures available. There is also a wide choice of over the counter and prescription medications to choose from to help beat nicotine cravings and withdrawal problems. It’s not surprising that some people feel confused and don’t know where to begin when they decide to stop smoking. 

DoktorABC Simplifies Giving Up Smoking

DoktorABC isn’t just about providing a fast and convenient prescription renewal and 24 hour medication delivery service, we’re concerned about your health. Our online GPs will review your personal health profile and ensure that your treatment exactly matches your current needs. 

We also have a great support team and some amazing online resources that are dedicated to helping you to give up smoking. DoktorABC‘s health professionals cut through the hype and the myths that have built up around the challenges of giving up smoking. We give you straightforward facts, as well as effective quitting strategies that are tailored to your personal needs. 

I Want to Give Up Smoking - Where Do I Begin?

There’s a bewildering choice of NRT products on the market, and it can be hard to find key information:

  1. Does this product really work?
  2. Is it the right treatment for me?
  3. What are the possible side effects? 

Before you plan a stop smoking strategy and invest in an NRT treatment - or combination of treatments - you need to do your homework. You don’t want to end up paying for a treatment that you don’t actually need, or that could cause unpleasant side effects. It’s also important to understand the differences between over the counter treatments like nicotine gum, lozenges and patches, and more sophisticated prescription medications. 

How to Quit Smoking

Treatment and Therapies

Why is Smoking so Addictive?

Smoking is a problematic addiction because it operates on several levels. It also affects everybody differently. Scientific research is suggesting that some people may be especially prone to nicotine addiction, while others may be able to quit the habit more easily.

Physical Addiction

Cigarettes introduce nicotine to the body via inhaled smoke. Nicotine is an addictive drug that the body rapidly comes to depend on. Withdrawal causes physical discomfort within hours - or even less if you’re a heavy smoker. 

Psychological Dependence

Smoking is a pleasurable daily routine for over 7 million Britons. Cigarettes can function as a reward, a comfort and a psychological crutch. There are strong mental associations with good food, sex and breaks from work or study. 

Social Dependence

Smoking can be a strong social activity. In any workplace, there may be little cliques of smokers who gather in the smoking area several times a day. Smoking can be a great equaliser at work and is a bonding activity in all kinds of social situations. A shared need for a cigarette can also bring strangers together. If you’re lonely, or very sociable, it may be harder to quit. 

Understand the physical process of nicotine withdrawal

How Hard will it be to Give Up?

Asking how hard it is to give up smoking is like asking how long is a piece of string. There are no hard and fast answers and it depends entirely on several different factors:

  • How long have you been smoking?
  • How many cigarettes do you smoke daily?
  • How susceptible are you to nicotine addiction?
  • How much daily stress do you deal with?
  • How supportive are your friends and family?
  • How badly do you want to quit?

I want to quit - but I’m worried it will be too hard...

Millions of people around the world have succeeded to give up smoking. If they can do it, you can too! If you follow a few simple steps you can simplify the whole quitting process and increase your chances of succeeding the first time. 

  1. Research NRT and prescription medications
  2. Understand your own personal psychology
  3. Identify potential stresses and triggers
  4. Enlist support from friends and family
  5. Choose the right time to stop smoking

The Glossary of Giving Up

Champix

Champix is a prescription medication (active ingredient Varenicline) that blocks certain receptors in the brain, reducing both cravings for nicotine and the pleasurable sensations associated with smoking. You can request a Champix prescription from our online GP now.

Craving

A nicotine craving is experienced as an overpowering urge to smoke a cigarette. Cravings will often compel people to begin smoking again. They are particularly intense around the three day point after giving up smoking.

Distraction

Any method that you use to take your mind off the urge to smoke. This could be physical exercise, a hot shower or any other pleasurable or challenging activity.

Gum 

Nicotine gum may be chewed in an attempt to satisfy nicotine cravings. It is a popular option that is widely available in shops across the UK.

Inhaler

An inhaler is a device that allows the user to ingest a nicotine vapour. Inhalers are convenient to use and can be carried in a pocket or bag.

Lozenge

A nicotine lozenge is similar to a cough sweet. When it is sucked it gradually releases a dose of nicotine that is absorbed through the soft skin of the mouth.

Nicotine

Nicotine is a psychoactive substance and an addictive stimulant that is delivered to the body via cigarette smoke. It is a nicotine addiction that makes it hard to give up smoking.

NRT

Nicotine replacement treatment is a quit smoking strategy that uses various methods to deliver nicotine to the body instead of cigarettes. NRT products include gum, lozenges, inhalers and nicotine patches. 

Plan

Many smokers try to improve their chances of giving up successfully by making a plan before they quit. This can include a firm quitting date, treatments and responses to potential triggers.

Substitute

A substitute is anything that you can take in place of a cigarette. It could include a strong coffee in the morning, a  sweet snack, hot mints, or anything else that fills the gap in your routine when you stop smoking.

Strategy

A quit smoking strategy is the means by which you plan to quit smoking. Proven strategies include NRT, prescription medications like Zyban and Champix, holistic methods or even just going on holiday to a remote location!

Stress

Daily stress at work and at home is a major obstacle to giving up smoking. Stress management is a vital part of your plan to quit, especially since your stress levels may be increased by nicotine cravings.

Support

If you can enlist the help and support of family, friends and colleagues, your battle to give up smoking may already be half a won. Their encouragement may prove vital when it gets tough.

Trigger

 A trigger is any event, routine or mental association that makes you reach for a cigarette. If you can avoid triggers, or at least anticipate them, you will find it a lot easier to quit the habit. 

Withdrawal

Withdrawal is the process of ceasing to use an addictive substance and the physical and psychological consequences that follow. Nicotine withdrawal can result in cravings, irritability and various physical symptoms.

Read more about managing nicotine withdrawal.

Zyban

Zyban is a prescription medication that uses the active ingredient Bupropion to block certain receptors in the brain. This chemical interdiction reduces cravings for nicotine and may also block the pleasurable sensations associated with a nicotine hit.

Nicotine withdrawal is just part of the process of giving up smoking. Your body will continue to cleanse and heal itself for up to 20 years after you give up smoking. 

Understand why your body reacts to nicotine withdrawal and see the full physical timeline for healing and renewal from 20 minutes to 20 years.

Healing Timeline

How can I Avoid Smoking Again?

The relapse rate among ex smokers in the UK is high, and it’s raising questions about the effectiveness of many NRT methods. The fact that you’re worried about relapsing and starting to smoke again is actually a good sign. It means that you are taking the risk seriously and already planning a long term strategy to stay off the cigarettes in months and years to come. 

Social Stresses and Triggers

Life is stressful and a personal crisis, work or money problems or relationship difficulties can easily trigger the urge for a cigarette. Cigarettes can be very comforting and if smoking was a deeply ingrained habit, reaching for one can be almost a reflex action. If you accept that you will inevitably face stressful situations, it’s easier to plan healthier coping mechanisms that don’t involve substance abuse, these could include sport, meditation, or just talking to an understanding friend.

So you Beat the Nicotine...Don’t get Complacent!

Complacency is probably the single biggest enemy that ex smokers will face. If you’ve been smoke free for months, or even years, it’s easy to believe that you’re in control and that the occasional cigarette can’t hurt. If you’re thinking in these terms, you’re manifestly not in control. The classic trap for ex-smokers is the belief that it’s ok to only smoke when you drink, or after a meal, or after sex...The chances are that you’ll be smoking full time before you know it. 

Make a sensible long term plan and stay smoke free forever!

How will I Feel when I Quit?

Everybody feels different when they quit smoking, but you will almost certainly experience nicotine cravings and mood changes. There may also be other unpleasant physical symptoms. The good news is that for most people, these will peak around the three day point, and then start to reduce in frequency and severity. If you can tough out the first week, you will have got through the hardest part of giving up smoking. 

Possible Physical Reactions Possible Psychological Reactions
  • nausea
  • intense nicotine cravings
  • dizziness
  • Irritability and frustration
  • insomnia
  • Low mood, anxiety or self pity
  • headaches
  • Pessimism about quitting
  • abdominal discomfort
  • Anxiety
Remember: Whatever you may experience - it’s only temporary and it will pass. Learn more about coping with nicotine withdrawal.

There are no hard and fast rules about how it feels to quit smoking, but it’s safe to say that if you expect to be miserable, you probably will be miserable. If you can approach quitting with a positive attitude, a good plan and a willingness to be flexible, you’ll stand a better chance of beating your nicotine addiction. 

Our Service in 3 Simple Steps

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1. Start your order

Complete a simple online health questionnaire

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2. Select preferred treatment

Our GP will issue your prescription, if the medication is safe for you

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3. Next day delivery

You will receive your medication the next day

Start your order

Complete a simple online health questionnaire

Select preferred treatment

Our GP will issue your prescription, if the medication is safe for you

Next day delivery

You will receive your medication the next day