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Chantix Stop Smoking Steroids Bronchitis Medications Safe
I am currently taking chantix to stop smoking and i'm also on steroids for bronchitis. Are these two medications safe ?
Depends: If you are on oral steroids, make sure your pulmonary doctor is aware. Chantix can produce weird, vivid and sometimes frightening dreams, and can also worsen depression. Oral steroids can also worsen depression in some people. I do not know if the effects are additive. If your doctor is aware you are on both meds, discuss with him/her. If you are feeling severe sadness, stop the chantix. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bronchitis is an inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi (airways that carry air from the trachea to the more distal parts of the lungs, or bronchioles). Bronchitis may be caused by either viral or bacterial infections, and is treated with antibiotics , steroids, inhaled bronchodilators, or mucolytics. Bronchitis can be acute or chronic. The latter is usually associated with smoking and may be part of COPD. Both acute and chronic bronchitis can lead to other serious conditions, including pneumonia with ...Read more
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
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