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Is a nicotrol (nicotine patch) inhaler effective to quit smoking?

Is a nicotrol (nicotine patch) inhaler effective to quit smoking?

Usually not: Most smokers are more addicted to the habit of smoking than they are to the nicotine. That is why nicotine replacement wit patches or nicotine gum or inhaled nicotine works only in a small percentage of smokers. ...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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Zyban (bupropion) question. Has anyone prescribed zyban (bupropion) to quit smoking?

Zyban (bupropion) question. Has anyone prescribed zyban (bupropion) to quit smoking?

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

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Is smoking cigarettes equivalent to smoking weed?

Is smoking cigarettes equivalent to smoking weed?

Yes and no: Both do harm to the body in different ways, nicotine is implicated with cancer , weed also has implicated with cancer in a recent study an increased incidence of testicular cancer was found . In regards to addiction they both cause increase of Dopamine which happens to be the chief chemical associated with pleasure, reward and re-inforcement of a behavior. I would suggest both not be used. ...Read more

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Is the nicotrol (nicotine patch) inhaler effective to quit smoking?

Is the nicotrol (nicotine patch) inhaler effective to quit smoking?

Cessation is great: Nicotrol (nicotine patch) can be effective in smoking cessation as will the gum, patches, etc.You must want to quit as well. Don't think the nicotine substitute (any form) will do it all. You must meet half way. Go on line for all the smoking cessation sites. I'm sure one will be helpful. ...Read more

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Is there any herbal/western medicine to stop smoking cigarettes?

Is there any herbal/western medicine to stop smoking cigarettes?

Medication: Medication is available such as bupropion nicotine replacement and varencline this last one is the most effective also use of trigger management as a adjuvant is very effective. ...Read more

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Stopping smoking. I've tried numerous times to quit smoking using patches, inhalers, electronic ciggerettes and also cold turkey several times?

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 more

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Anyone used zyban (bupropion) to quit smoking more than once?

Anyone used zyban (bupropion) to quit smoking more than once?

Yes: You can use it multiple times. More important question is why you relapse. Are you using smoking to calm down? To help concentrate? Just a a time filler? Are you anxious or depressed? Instead of using the same zyben again, try to solve the main probelm first. ...Read more

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I am determined to quit using smokeless tobacco, however using nicotine to quit isnt working, any suggestions?

I am determined to quit using smokeless tobacco, however using nicotine to quit isnt working, any suggestions?

Keep trying: Did nicotine medications work at all? For a day? A week? If not, consider combining medications such as nicotine patch plus gum or lozenge, or get a prescription such as bupropion if you can use this, plus get some nag-free coaching at 1-800-quit now. Free advice from treatment specialists will help you zero in on your stress points throughout the day. Keep trying - go for longer smoke-free time.. ...Read more

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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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Can e-cigarettes help people quit smoking?

Can e-cigarettes help people quit smoking?

YES -- ABSOLUTELY: To quit smoking via VAPING you start by using whatever vaping liquid gets you to quit smoking completely, then, over time, switch away from tobacco flavored liquids to non-tobacco flavored liquids (very few experienced vapors use tobacco flavors) then switch to FLAVORLESS liquids (FLAVOR=RISK) containing only Glycerin and nicotine, and then taper-down the nicotine. Vaping glycerin only is safe. ...Read more

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Which medication to support quitting smoking?

Which medication to support quitting smoking?

Chantix or Wellbutri: Both Chantix and wellbutrin (bupropion) can be helpful in the cessation of smoking tobacco. ...Read more

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Will quitting smoking cure my asthma?

Will quitting smoking cure my asthma?

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 more

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Advice about smoking cessation products?

Advice about smoking cessation products?

Review all options: Great information on a variety of treatments is available at http://smokefree.gov/explore-quit-methods People have quit on their own, with various methods and treatments. Research shows that the best chances for quitting happen with combination of coaching and medications -- if you need them to help with cravings. Free coaching at 800-QUIT-NOW. Good luck!!!! ...Read more

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Are electronic cigarettes safe to use to quit smoking?

Are electronic cigarettes safe to use to quit smoking?

No one knows: To my knowledge and review of this topic, no one knows since no one had done a controlled clinical trial of these products. If you use them and do not smoke, it seems intuitive it "might" help a person, but doctors cannot recommend them legally since we just do not know from accurate research data if they are safe. Would stink if in 5 years we learn they cause more heart attacks than cholesterol. ...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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Combination of bupropion and perrigo nicotine lozenge to stop smoking any dangers does it work?

May help: No matter what it ends up being your motivation to quit--good luck! ...Read more

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Do prescription medicines really help with symptoms of quitting smoking?

Do prescription medicines really help with symptoms of quitting smoking?

Yes: Medications may help with symptoms/ cravings while quitting smoking. Talk with your health care provider about the best approach for you. Combined approach including working with a partner/ group, setting a date to start decreasing smoking/ to stop, slowly decreasing the amount of smoking, avoiding triggers/ situations that invoke the desire to smoke, and possibly medications seem to work best. ...Read more

Dr. Dean Giannone
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Tobacco Cessation (Definition)

Tobacco cessation programs provide support and medical services to those seeking to stop ...Read more