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Quit Smoking

Many people who smoke really don’t like their habit. Therefore they seek for help to quit smoking and consider to take some medication which prevents from the uncomfortable side effects. Many tablets which help to quit smoking minimize your cravings and boost your chance to overcome your smoking habit.

Medication

There are several treatments for someone, who wants to stop smoking.

You can find options in some pharmacies, shops and you doctor can prescript it.

Which treatment is the best depends on some factors:

  • if you are pregnant or breastfeeding;
  • your age;
  • personal preferences;
  • your medical conditions;

Some studies showed that all these treatment below are effective, including:

  • NRT - Nicotine replacement therapy;
  • Bupropion (Brand: Zyban);
  • Varenicline (Brand Champix);

Varenicline (Champix)

Varenicline (Champix), according to some studies to help people to stop smoking, is the most effective medication.

This medication works in both ways:

  1. It can decrease the crave for nicotine like NRT;
  2. It can also block the sensation of reward and reinforcement of smoking;

If you want this medication, you should go to your GP or contact an NHS stop smoking service to get the prescription.

You should use around one to two tablets per day and the treatment has duration of 12 weeks, but can be longer if it is necessary.

It is better to start using from one to two weeks after you quit.

Who can use it and possible side effects:

This medication is consider safe for most of the people.

Please find below some situations, which is not recommend:

  • pregnant or breastfeeding woman;
  • someone who has serious kidneys problems;
  • all people under 18 years old;

Side effects:

  • dryness in your mouth;
  • insomnia ( difficulty sleeping), or if you have vivid dreams;
  • being and  feeling sick;
  • headaches;
  • diarrhea or constipation;
  • drowsiness;
  • dizziness;

If you have some a several side effect, you should talk to your GP.

Bupropion (Zyban)

Originally, this medication was used to treat depression, but it was discovered that could also help people to stop smoking.

The way this medication works is not clear, but it is known that it can affect some parts of the brain, which is responsible for addictive behavior.

If you want this medication, you should go to your GP or contact an NHS stop smoking service to get the prescription.

You should use around one to two tablets per day and the treatment has duration between seven to nine weeks.

It is better to start taking the medication from one to two weeks after you quit.

Who can use it and possible side effects:

This medication is consider safe for most of the people.

Please find below some situations, which is not recommend:

  • pregnant or breastfeeding woman;
  • someone who has eating disorders, epilepsy or bipolar disorder;
  • all people under 18 years old;

Side effects:

  • dryness in your mouth;
  • insomnia ( difficulty sleeping);
  • being and  feeling sick;
  • headaches;
  • constipation;
  • difficult to concentrate;
  • dizziness;

If you have some a several side effect, you should talk to your GP.

NRT – Nicotine replacement therapy

Usually, people smoke because are addicted to nicotine.

This medication does not have carbon monoxide, tar and other poisonous chemicals included in the normal tobaccos.  This medication have a low level of nicotine, which can help to decrease uncomfortable withdrawal effects, for example craving and bad moods, for the lack of nicotine in your body, when you quit.

NRT is a medication that you can buy in some shops and pharmacies and in a different types, as follow:

  • mouth and nasal spray;
  • chew-gun;
  • inhalators ( it is very similar to a plastic cigarettes);
  • lozenges, oral trips and tablets;
  • skin patches;

Sources:

  • How to stop smoking: website: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/smoking-and-cancer/how-to-stop-smoking, last check 09. September 2017.
  • Stop smoking treatment : website: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/smoking-(quitting)/Pages/Treatment.aspx, last check 09. September 2017.
  • Stop smoking: website: http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/smoking/Pages/stopsmokingnewhome.aspx, last check 09. September 2017.
  • How to quit smoking - and stay cigarette free for good: website: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health-fitness/body/quit-smoking-stay-cigarette-free-good/, last check 09. September 2017.