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Chantix Stop Smoking Steroids Bronchitis Medications Safe
Stopping smoking. I've tried numerous times to quit smoking using patches, inhalers, electronic ciggerettes and also cold turkey several times?
Talk to doc for meds: Smoking cessation can be difficult but it can be done. I would advise you speak with your general practitioner and ask him/her about smoking cessation medications like bupropion or varenicline. Both of these medications are available in the UK, Europe, Canada, and the US. They can work in conjunction with the nicotine replacement methods of patches and gums. ...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
May help: No matter what it ends up being your motivation to quit--good luck! ...Read more
Smoking: Not advised. Too many side effects.Get a more detailed answer ›
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Sure, it is (was) a very common medication. If you are in il, call me. Most of the times, however, I use wellbutrin (bupropion) - less side effects, additional benefits and the same likelihood to quit. By the way, it is better to be used as a part of a "cocktail" and with a couch-like person. ...Read more
Advair...: Advair is a combination long-term bronchodilator and steroid inhaler. It can be used instead of systemic steroids, thus avoiding many of the side effects of systemic steroids. Follow your doctor's instructions and seek help immediately if you have an acute exacerbation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Safe: Albuterol and the other rescue beta-agonists are generally safe. You may get a rapid heart beat ... But it is better than dying of asthma or suffering. The reason we like to minimize rescue inhalers is that they don't treat the underlying illness - airway inflammation. Inhaled steroids do this well for most sufferers. See your doc for more information. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not really: Consider asthma a lifelong condition like a missing leg, only for asthma it is not as obvious and can be controlled by avoiding triggers. It is not like appendicitis where you can take it out & you are cured. Smoking is a well known trigger to lung irritation that will always aggravate asthma to some degree. Stopping may actually let you go for years between events, or just reduce their intensity. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Quit smoking: Wellbutrin XL/bupropion XL is an antidepressant medication that helps some people less desire to use tobacco. Medication called Zyban/bupropion sustained-release is indicated for smoking cessation and Wellbutrin XL is closely related. Keep in mind: best way to successfully stop using tobacco or any substance is to include psychosocial support along with the medication. Behavior change is critical! ...Read more
Dr prescribed Dulera (formoterol and mometasone) for bronchitis. I'm breastfeeding. Said take immediately after feeding to decrease exposure risk. Safe?
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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