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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: 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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Smoking: Not advised. Too many side effects.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
I'm taking buproprion/wellbutrin.I want to stop smoking today.Can I use a nicotine patch w/that medicine?
Smoking Cessation: They can be used together but drug- drug interactions are possible. "Using bupropion and nicotine together can cause an increase in blood pressure. This can cause dizziness, confusion, uneven heartbeats, and chest pain. If you take both medications together, tell your doctor if you have any of these symptoms." REF - Drugs.Com Drug interaction checker. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
May help: No matter what it ends up being your motivation to quit--good luck! ...Read more
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
Smoking & homeopathy: Homeopathy can help many addictions on a deep level. Selecting a remedy requires careful understanding of you as a whole person; picking up something generic from whole foods without this, is guessing. Remedies such as nux vomica, lobelia, and staphysagria have helped others -- professional case-taking is still needed, though. Acupuncture may offer a simpler protocol, and be effective also. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I just quit smoking, and am wondering what the best techniques or medicine are to get my lungs healthy and functioning like I had never smoked?
I quit smoking weed for months and had a couple tokes on halloween this year and now i ahve a drug test in a few days what are my chances of passing?
Smoking: The best is a strong "will power" - stop buying them and try to not be around smokers or cigarette smoke. Try to focus on other positive things to keep the urge away. Having a strong family support to coax you is always a plus. ...Read more
I failed my drug test and i had quit smoking poy for 6 weeks . What happened? How long does it take to cleanse my body?
I've been on an ssri drug for 4 months now.I'd taken a diff drug for 6months to quit smoking prior to that. Can i stop the ssri now? Doc says continue
Hair drug test coming up, requires 1/2"hair, will only 30 days of history show? decide to quit smoking weed in November 2014.
Answer is "no": Congratulations on your decision to quit. However hair sample can show positive for three months or longer. ...Read more
Have to pass a nicotine drug test for work just quit smoking 3 days ago what can I use to cleanse my body of the nicotine from showing up?
I quit smoking weed a few months ago and will have a hair drug test in about six months. Will i need to cut my hair shorter to insure negative result?
I was smoking from 2.5 years and i am an asthma patient i quit smoking from 1 month
but now i need inhaler 4 to 5 time in day.tell me what medicine?
Great you quit!: Not smoking is very good! There are several medications now being prescribed to reduce reliance on OTC inhalers. See your provider for a good Rx plan to address your specific case. There are breathing exercises you can learn too. Here are some: http://livewell.jillianmichaels.com/exercises-increase-lung-capacity-4259.html You can find more online. Best! ...Read more
I develop severe bloating and constipation every time I try and quit smoking , last time it lasted 11 months. Is there any medicine or advice to help?
Nicotine: It may be that your body is missing the nicotine which acts as a stimulant for your intestinal tract and without it there is gas build-up and sluggish bowel action. Try taking a gentle stimulant like senokot, (senna)take in adequate fluids and fiber in your diet in an effort to avoid smoking or using nicotine products. Drinking hot water helps break down the gas and moves it down to be passed rectally. ...Read more
Good luck: Chances are that you will be fine. If you have a very low level, as may happen if you were once a heavy user, claim it is from passive inhalation and get a lawyer. This isn't the place to discuss the wisdom of the cannabis laws or testing for it in the workplace. I'm glad you're seeking work and wish you the best. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I quit smoking marijuana two weeks ago and I have been drinking massive amounts of water to flush my system will i be clean for a drug test?
Depends: Light use, single exposure, likely gone. Chronic user and or heavy use, can persist for months. The drug attaches to fat cells in your body and begins to detach and leave you over time as long as you quit using. You can't really flush it and internet coaches that promote various products to do so are frauds. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have DDD I smoked marijuana because it helped. My doctor said he is starting drug testing. I quit smoking it. What should I tell him if I test +?
The truth: If you test positive tell him just what you said above- that it helps but you have stopped because he is now testing. I don't know if medical marijuana is legal in your state but if it is I would ask his permission for you to use it. While not a cure, marijuana can be very helpful for pain and inflammation, is generally safer than drugs for pain and usually allows you to use less of those drugs. ...Read more
How long does it take for marijuana to leave the urine of a 105lb female. Applying for a job have to take a drug test quit smoking 3 weeks ago will i be ok
Counseling: Change of relationship with smoking. Most methods will only work for contemplators ready to quit. Aid to quit include use nicotine replacement like patches or gum or E-cigs and use of medications like Chantix or Welbutrin. Most people will need repeated attempts before quitting ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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