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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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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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I'm taking buproprion/wellbutrin.I want to stop smoking today.Can I use a nicotine patch w/that medicine?

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 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

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How can you quit smoking with homeopathy medicines?

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 more

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I would like to pass a drug test in 2 weeks time and i quit smoking weed, what can I do to pass?

I would like to pass a drug test in 2 weeks time and i quit smoking weed, what can I do to pass?

You can not: Flush your system of cannabis. Attempts to do so will be picked up by the test which is quite sophisticated. ...Read more

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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 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?

Quit Smoking: amazingly they will heal on their own. You did the best thing ever already. Get on a good exercise program, never smoke again. Great going! ...Read more

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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?

Good: If you had not used greater that two months ago and just used a small amount about 2 wks ago and have not used since you will likely be negative. Dont use again and good for you at your current efforts, . ...Read more

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How to quit smoking without medicine?

How to quit smoking without medicine?

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

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I have tried using patches of nicotine but not helpful. Any medicine can help to quit smoking?

I have tried using patches of nicotine but not helpful. Any medicine can help to quit smoking?

Chantrix: Chantrix is an newer treatment approved by the fda for smoking cessation. It is related to the antidepressant wellbutrin (bupropion) so it has similar medication profile. Chantrix has been shown to be effective in aiding a person in quitting smoking. ...Read more

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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 failed my drug test and i had quit smoking poy for 6 weeks . What happened? How long does it take to cleanse my body?

A long time: Marijuana is a fat soluble drug. Depending on how much fat you have in your body, coupled with how much you used to smoke, makes a difference. It will leech out of your fat at a reasonably constant rate, even weeks after you have stopped using it. ...Read more

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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

Please : Do what your doctor is advising you. If you want to discontinue your ssris, talk to her/him again to slowly taper under her/his directions. Dialogue with ur doc is key to good understanding and treatment! ...Read more

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Its so hard trying to quit smoking is there any medicines out there that seem to help?

Chantix and nicotine: There are medications that can help with quitting smoking. Chantix, nicotine patches, nicotine inhalers, and nicotine gum all can help in quitting smoking. Follow up with your doctor for his or her recommendations. ...Read more

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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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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I quit smoking pot 3 weeks ago. How can I make sure I pass a drug test for a new job?

I quit smoking pot 3 weeks ago. How can I make sure I pass a drug test for a new job?

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 more

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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?

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 more

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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 +?

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

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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

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

Hello, : Hello, if you smoked marijuana once, it's metabolites could be out of your system within a week. If you are a chronic or heavy user, it could take up to a couple months to clear the metabolites. ...Read more

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Can women quit smoking?

Can women quit smoking?

Yes!: Check out http://www.Becomeanex.Org/ for some very practical tips to help you understand how to quit smoking for good. I wish you success in achieving a healthy, smoke-free lifestyle! ...Read more

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How can I best quit smoking?

How can I best quit smoking?

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 more

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Will I grow if I quit smoking?

Growth: Depends on your age and gender. You will undoubtedly be healthier if yor stop smoking and please do this for yourself. ...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