Stop smoking medicines - Stopping Smoking Treatmenents

At present there are two anti-smoking medicines which are available on prescription only.

Champix: also known as Varenicline. This works by simulating the effects of nicotine in the same way a cigarette does which relieves the cravings. Plus it blocks the effects of nicotine on receptors in the brain which means that you won’t get any enjoyment from smoking a cigarette if you give in.

This course of treatment usually lasts for 12 weeks and involves taking 1 to 2 tablets a couple of weeks before your stop smoking date.

If you manage to stay smoke-free at the end of these 12 weeks then your GP may recommend a further course of treatment.

There are side effects with champix which include:

  • Nausea
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Stomach upsets such as constipation
  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia

Zyban: also known as Bupropion Hydrochloride. This changes the way your body responds to nicotine by reducing the urge to smoke. It also eases the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.

Note: Zyban does NOT contain nicotine and is a viable alternative to nicotine replacement therapy.

The course of treatment lasts for 7 to 9 weeks and it only takes a week before it reaches its optimum effect. You should start taking this medication a couple of weeks before your quit smoking date.

Like champix, it also has side effects which include:

  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Skin rash
  • Dry mouth
  • Agitation

Zyban is not recommended if you suffer from an eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa or have epilepsy.

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