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I am currently taking chantix to stop smoking and i'm also on steroids for bronchitis. Are these two medications safe ?

I am currently taking chantix to stop smoking  and i'm also on steroids for bronchitis. Are these two medications safe ?

Depends: Prednisone for short periods of time is safe. Chantix however is under scrutiny after a canadian study was published this summer showing a high risk of stroke and heart attack in patients taking the drug. Like all medication the risk must be balanced by the benefit. I have had a lot of patients have high success with chantix. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Quit Smoking (Definition)

Quitting smoking is the single most important decision smokers can make to improve their health. Preparing a quit-smoking plan and enlisting support from your doctor and your loved ones can greatly improve your chances of success. Your doctor can help you decide if over-the-counter or prescription medications can help. Pick a quit day a few weeks ahead and put it on your calendar. Plan how you're going deal with situations that make you want to smoke. Take advantage of support from family, friends, and co-workers, and consider joining a smoking cessation program so that you don't ...Read more


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Can chantix really help to stop smoking or is there a better solution?

Can chantix really help to stop smoking or is there a better solution?

Chantix: Chantix is highly effective
upto 50 to 60 % can quit smoking
please read about side effects and warnings. ...Read more

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Have you tried chantix or been successful with any other stop smoking methods?

Have you tried chantix or been successful with any other stop smoking methods?

Yes: I have seen individuals quit with various methods from nicotine gum, support groups, electronic cigarettes, nicotine patches and going cold turkey. One thing they all had in common is they without a doubt wanted to quit smoking. Chantix can be helpful, but like any drug, there are potential serious side effects (depression and suicidal thoughts). Best to discuss options with your doctor. ...Read more

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Does Chantix med. to stop smoking release histamine ?

Does Chantix med. to stop smoking release histamine ?

It can: any medication can cause your body to release histamine. That is the end result of a cascade of reactions at the cell level in response to a certain trigger. Different people respond in different ways to all meds. Flushing, itching and swelling might be signs that you are having that response. Try some Benadryl (diphenhydramine). ...Read more

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Want to stop smoking so bad but always fail. Chantix made me nauseated. What can I do?

Want to stop smoking so bad but always fail. Chantix made me nauseated. What can I do?

E-cigarettes: Go to a smoke store usually located in outdoor strip malls. Electronic cigs are very helpful since they have the same shape, allow you to blow vapor, and have the taste of whatever you use (nicotine, fruit flavors etc). Keep trying statistically those that keep trying eventually successfully quit. ...Read more

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What is bettrer chantix or zyban (bupropion) for stop smoking?

What is bettrer chantix or zyban (bupropion) for stop smoking?

Different approaches: Congratulations on your inquiry regarding smoking cessation! Chantix works by occupying the nicotine receptors in the brain. Zyban is bupropion (welbutrin) - an antidepressant that makes more of the neurotransmitter norepinephrine available. Both meds are effective. Both diminish cravings for smoking, and both can be started before you actually stop smoking.Neither med can stop smoking for you! ...Read more

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Trying to stop smoking what else works besides chantix and wellbutrin (bupropion)?

Trying to stop smoking what else works besides chantix and wellbutrin (bupropion)?

NRT and Behavior txt: You can also try nicotine replacement therapy (patches, gum, inhaler, lozenges), behavioral treatment (includes counseling, groups), hypnosis. ...Read more

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Week 5 on chantix and still cannot stop smoking, will it still work or should I stop?

Week 5 on chantix and still cannot stop smoking, will it still work or should I stop?

Chantix: By this time you should have seen results, I am assuming you are on the right dose and also trying other things to control smoking. ...Read more

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What can be done to have success using champix the stop smoking pill?

What can be done to have success using champix the stop smoking pill?

Chantix: Chantix is highly effective and can work upto 50 to 60 % patients
please read side effects and warnings. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take plavix (clopidogrel) and chantix at the same time want to quit smoking but need to know if it is safe to tak chantix and plavix (clopidogrel) at the same time

Is it ok to take plavix (clopidogrel) and chantix at the same time want to quit smoking but need to know if it is safe to tak chantix and plavix (clopidogrel) at the same time

Should be safe: There are no reported interactions between Plavix (clopidogrel) and chantix, but there are potential interactions between Plavix (clopidogrel) and tobacco, so that if you discontinue tobacco, it may effect the metabolism of the Plavix (clopidogrel) and clotting. Talk to your doctor. If you are on plavix, (clopidogrel) smoking will aggravate all of the clotting/bleeding problems, so good for you for wanting to quit. Stick with it, and good luck! ...Read more

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What kind of techniques can I do to breathe if the people around me won't stop smoking in front of me and I have chronic bronchitis asthma?

What kind of techniques can I do to breathe if the people around me won't stop smoking in front of me and I have chronic bronchitis asthma?

Not an easy answer.: This may sound insensitive, but unfortunately if the people that you spend time with do not respect you enough to stop smoking around you to help you with your health problem, then you may need to find other people to spend time with. Maybe mention to them that smoking will cause chronic bronchitis if they continue. ...Read more

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Hi about to start champix tomorrow to stop smoking and I take Aropax also 20 was just wondering if it is ok my doctor said yes but just wanted to check again before I start taking it. Thanks ?

Hi about to start champix tomorrow to stop smoking and I take  Aropax also 20 was just wondering if it is ok my doctor said yes but just wanted to check again before I start taking it. 
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Social support: Social support helps--your doc or hospital may know of a group for you. Coffee/tea mugs, cigarettes, all give off a "i'm on a break message" to self and others. Give yourself permission to take a break/relax w/out that. Oral habit so mints, gum, etc. Can help. You can do it and your loved ones will be grateful. W/or w/out meds, please use the above. ...Read more

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Is chantix safe to help me to quit smoking?

Is chantix safe to help me to quit smoking?

Yes: But if you get depressed or suicidal, stop it immediately. It is a very real risk. Good luck. Congratulations on your willingness to quit smoking. ...Read more

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I am 38 years old. I have smoked since i was 18 years oldand i quit smoking one day ago. Chantix helped me stop but is it too late for my lungs to heal?

I am 38 years old. I have smoked since i was 18 years oldand i quit smoking one day ago. Chantix helped me stop but is it too late for my lungs to heal?

Not too late!: Congratulations! our bodies have a remarkable ability to heal. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables (ideally organic) will help speed the healing process. A good multivitamin may help as well. Here is a good timetable of the healing process after one quits: http://whyquit.Com/whyquit/a_benefits_time_table.Html. ...Read more

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Is there anything that I can take to help me quit smoking that works besides chantix?

Is there anything that I can take to help me quit smoking that works besides chantix?

Options: Other options include: nicotine gum, nicotine patch, bupropion, and (not approved) electronic cigarettes. ...Read more

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I'm trying to quit smoking. Dr. says chantix isn't a good idea from past problems with depression and migraines. Any suggestions?

I'm trying to quit smoking. Dr. says chantix isn't a good idea from past problems with depression and migraines. Any suggestions?

Have to be careful: Chantix is effective, but I do see that you have depression, and Chantix can definitely make this worse. It has also been associated with suicide attempts. So, I would be very careful with Chantix in your case. Better to talk about this in detail with your doctor. ...Read more

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Trying to quit smoking but i have an anxiety disorder which is making it hard. Cant use chantix, it gave me nightmares and worsened anxiety attacks

Trying to quit smoking but i have an anxiety disorder which is making it hard. Cant use chantix, it gave me nightmares and worsened anxiety attacks

Yoga may be an: effective treatment component for nicotine dependence among individuals with high anxiety sensitivity, according to data presented at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America annual conference. There are many other non-medication anxiety management strategies to consider with a counselor. Combining many increases impact. Best regards. ...Read more

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Should someone who already has suicidal thoughts & attempted several times use chantix? Wellbutrin (bupropion) didn't work to quit smoking.

Should someone who already has suicidal thoughts & attempted several times use chantix? Wellbutrin (bupropion) didn't work to quit smoking.

There is BLACK BOX: There is a BLACK BOX WARNING by the FDA on the increased risk of suicidality while taking & after stopping Chantix. The person you refer to in the question then, should speak with their psychiatrist on the benefits of quitting smoking using Chantix vs. the risks of what the warning box says. It is then, their decision to use or not. If smoking cessation is the goal there are other methods. ...Read more

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I want to take chantix to quit smoking but i'm afraid that it will affect other things! what are the side effects?

I want to take chantix to quit smoking but i'm afraid that it will affect other things! what are the side effects?

Chantix: Chantix is an excellent medication and very effective in smoking cessation
side effects can include inducing suicidality, depression, irritability, mania
you just have to be aware of common and life threatening side effects
usually a very safe medication. ...Read more

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I quit smoking 7 weeks ago, started chantix 1 mo. Ago, now feeling impending doom, high anxiety, tickling in stomach. Can't keep feeling like this :(?

I quit smoking 7 weeks ago, started chantix 1 mo. Ago, now feeling impending doom, high anxiety, tickling in stomach. Can't keep feeling like this :(?

Chantix can have: Significant psychiatric side effects. Please let your prescribing provider know asap. There is a good chance that this is not a good medication choice for you. ...Read more

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I am 26 weeks prengant and smoke a tiny bit of weed each night to help me sleep. when should i stop smoking to be safe it doesnt show up in a drug tes?

I am 26 weeks prengant and smoke a tiny bit of weed each night to help me sleep. when should i stop smoking to be safe it doesnt show up in a drug tes?

Stop now!!: Really? You are more concerned about failing a drug test then failing to deliver a healthy baby? Marijuana contains THC which is harmful to the fetus in addition to the impairment of your lung capacity to exchange oxygen to the fetus. The fetus may permanently sleep if this use continues. so stop now! ...Read more

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Did anyone successfully quit smoking using the drug champix?

Did anyone successfully quit smoking using the drug champix?

Yes. Many people do: Many people quit smoking when prescribed chantix. However, they must be warned the possibility of developing depression and suicidal thinking while taking chantix, especially if they have a history of depression or any other psychiatric illness. I have found it quite useful in my practice but i make it very clear to my patients they have to stop that if they develop any worsening of their mood or any suicidal thinking. ...Read more

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I would like o stop smoking, how every how hard i have tried i cant , my mate got me a e cig called gamucci , is it safe to use ?

I would like o stop smoking, how every how hard i have tried i cant , my mate got me a e cig called gamucci , is it safe to use ?

Use it to quit: Smoking e-cigs instead of cigarettes is not a great plan. However, there has been evidence that you can use them to help,you quit. They can help manage cravings. But there is no easy way to quit smoking. The more you try it, the more of a chance you have to succeed. ...Read more

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How can I stop smoking with out using medications?

How can I stop smoking with out using medications?

Cold turkey.: As far as quitting without any nicotine replacement or medications, the cold turkey method is great, and has proven to be the most successful method overall. But plan it ahead of time. Pick a quit date in advance, maybe a meaningful date like a birthday or holiday, and gather people who are aware of your attempt that you can call upon for moral support if you start to falter. Good luck!! ...Read more

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Is it safe to smoke while getting zerona liposuction? I know you're supposed to stop smoking before surgeries. Is it the same for zerona? .

Is it safe to smoke while getting zerona liposuction? I know you're supposed to stop smoking before surgeries. Is it the same for zerona? 

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Not liposuction: Zerona is not liposuction. Smoke all you want because i personally believe this non-invasive technology will only make your money (not your fat) disappear. ...Read more

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What kind of medication will a dr give me to help stop smoking mj I am having anxiety & panic attacs trying to stop i don't want to go on antidepress?

What kind of medication will a dr give me to help stop smoking mj I am having anxiety & panic attacs trying  to stop i don't want to go on antidepress?

Meds: i recommend using a combo of the nicoderm (nicotine patch) patches & nicotine lozenges as needed for intense craving. i don't think the prescription meds are more effective than patches/gum/lozenges. given your hesitation with zyban i wouldn't recommend chantix either. if none of that is appealing then try cutting back slowly, set a limit then go down a couple cigs each week. exercise. stress reduction. discipline ...Read more

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I want to stop smoking. Does over the counter medications really work or should I rather obtain a prescription from my doctor?

I want to stop smoking. Does over the counter medications really work or should I rather obtain a prescription from my doctor?

Smokin cessation: It’s possible to get a script for zyban or champix
One needs to assess possible co morbities that might treatment.The dependency prone to nicotine abuse- type personality needs assessing.
Please get a dietician involved to reduce food triggers ; could assist
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Dr. Dean Giannone
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Smoking Cessation (Definition)

Smoking any tobacco product is harmful to your baby, including "light" cigarettes, cigars (and marijuana). Like any addiction, quitting tobacco is difficult, especially if you are acting alone. Most smokers find it hard to break all the habits or ties they've built into their lives around smoking. Quitting smoking does reduce a number of ...Read more


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Bronchitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi. May be caused by either viral or bacterial infections, and is treated with antibiotics , steroids, inhaled bronchodilators, or mucolytics. Bronchitis can ...Read more