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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
Better health!: There is a very long list of benefits. There are 50 known cancer-causing chemicals, so those go away. Carbon monoxide and other ingredients that reduce blood flow go away. Your breath and smell and taste is better. Your lungs work better. Your ability to exercise improves. And more money in your pocket! you many have temporary symptoms of nicotine withdrawal, but those go away too. Go for it! ...Read more
Many benefits ...: Benefits to giving up smoking: within 20 mins, blood pressure and heart rate decrease; within 12 hrs, carbon monoxide blood levels normalize; within 48 hrs, the sense of smell and taste start recovering; within 3 mos, circulation and lung function improve; within 9 mos, there is less coughing and shortness of breath; within 1 yr, the risk of coronary heart disease is cut in half. Need i say more? ...Read more
LOTS of good things: Heart rate and carbon monoxide in your blood drop. Heart attack risk begins to drop and your lungs work better. Coughing, shortness of breath and risk of lung infection all decrease. After a year your risk of having a stroke is back to normal. In 10 yrs your risk of lung cancer death is half that of a smoker's. Cancer risk of the throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas also decrease. ...Read more
Some quick some slow: If u quit, good 4 u! nicotine is one of the most addictive drugs on the planet. Some things should feel better quickly, like waking up easier, tasting food, even clearer thinking. Cravings may last a while, but most major withdrawal is only 3-5 days. Get support from a group or class, search 4 nicotine anonymous mtgs. Most cravings are 3-5 mins. Distract yourself when they come however you can. ...Read more
MDPV: Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) has a # of risks: "Acute: Increased heart rate, hypertension, hyperthermia, dehydration, accidental injury, seizures, cardiac arrest, stroke, coma, fatal overdose. Chronic: addiction, tolerance, withdrawal, depression, infertility, heart damage. Insufflation: nasal septum damage. Inhalation (smoking): lung damage." See: ...Read more
DO NOT VAPE: If you are pregnant you should not smoke OR vape. Even though ecigarettes contain less toxic compounds, they still contain compounds which will effect your pregnancy such as nicotine. While ecigarettes maybe safer than cigarettes in general -- NOT SO in pregnancy -- Don't do either when pregnant. ...Read more
Immediately: People begin to experience craving, anxiety and irritability almost the moment they make the decision to stop, and the symptoms escalate about the time they are due for their next cigarette. If withdrawal symptoms are severe enough to cause problems with daily life, or if you are close to relapsing to tobacco, consider treatment with patches, lozenges etc, or Chantix or zyban (bupropion).Support programs help. ...Read more
Some quick some slow: Kudos for quitting! nicotine is one of the most addictive drugs on the planet. Some things should feel better quickly, like waking up easier, tasting food, even clearer thinking. Cravings may last a while, but most major withdrawal is only 3-5 days. Get support from a group or class, search 4 nicotine anonymous mtgs. Most cravings are 3-5 mins. Distract yrself when they come however you can. ...Read more
What do you suggest if i would like to quit smoking cigs so bad! i'm 21 now and the urge. How did you quit smoking?
Chatix vs NRT: Currently Chantix combined with non pharmocotherapy - counseling it the best way to quit. This requires a perscription. Otherwise over the counter NRT- nicotine replacement therapy can be effective- such as the gum and patches. When quiting there is the physical addition which the above help with. The main issue is the psychological addition, i.e. why one smokes. This can be harder to address. ...Read more
Immediately: You might want to start gently if you have not worked out in a while. ...Read more
Nicotine effects: Our body becomes used to nicotine and feels the loss when you quit. (Addiction) The physical w/drawal only lasts ~1 week - but the psychological habit can be very long lasting. There are mental/mood/energy issues and appetite/sleep changes. None are what most folk like. But they only last awhile unless we allow our psychological neediness to take over. Nicotine is an active/interactive substance. ...Read more
Has it occurred to: you to stop smoking? Nicotine can produce a lot of nausea, and if you have increased your smoking - either the number of cigarettes, or smoking higher nicotine cigarettes or inhaling more deeply or smoking down to the butt - you may be nicotine loading and getting nausea from it. Your body is giving you a message - listen to it! Get help with a smoking cessation program and quit. ...Read more
Not unusual: After people stop tobacco, the lungs' mechanisms for cleaning themselves out start to work again, and often there is increased coughing and production of phlegm than there was before, sometimes associated with feelings of shortness of breath because of the coughing. Usually this improves in several weeks, but if you are really short of breath, you should see your doctor for it. Congrats4 quitting. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on many factors, but from the practical standpoint, who cares? The important things are: if you don't smoke (or use any tobacco product), never start. If you do, stop right away. It is never too late. Work hard at it. Don't give someone your hard earned money so you can get sick later. ...Read more
Whatever works 4 you: There are many short and long term benefits from quitting smoking. In addition to nicotine substitutes and certain medications, changing your habit patterns around triggers to smoke can be challenging. Getting support from friends, family, co-workers and community resources are all helpful. Understanding why you smoke can help you find better choices to redirect those urges. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I really in a bad need to quit smoking and I have tried to quit before but each time i fail, and now each time i smoke i feel that i'm dazzy.?
How do you quit smoking if you smoke all the time and thats what your boss does on work breaks too?
Self help/group tx.: This is hard to do since your boss smokes too, but depending on your schedule, if you don't have to be around your boss on every break, take it elsewhere. Also the rest of your day you can try to quit. If there is still trouble self-help groups, like nicotine anonymous and stomp it out may help. ...Read more
I want to quit smoking. Thinking about doing chantex. This will be my 3rd time trying it. Will it still work the same?
Yes, however...: This reminds me of the old joke "Quiting smoking is easy. I've done it dozens of times." If Chantix helped you to quit before it should work just as well this time. What seems lacking is your determination to not start smoking again. I hope you can find the willpower to remain a non-smoker this time. See http://whyquit.com/ & http://www.shareguide.com/smoking.html for more support. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I quit smoking once before for about 3 yrs then started back up again. It was easy the first time quitting cold turkey. Now it's not. Any tips?
I quit smoking six months ago but my hyperpigmentation hasn't fade.How much time does it take for hyperpigmentation to fade ?
Usually a few months: But it is highly variable. There are other causes of hyperpigmentation, and something else may be going on. If it has not even lightened a bit, i would suggest seeing a dermatologist for evaluation and treatment. Congrats on quitting smoking - the benefits are way more than just cosmetic! stay quit! ...Read more
Not time. Commitment: Nicotine withdrawal symptoms tyoicaly last 2-3 weeks. After that you ar eleft withthe habit. Beating the habit can be as hard, if not harder than getting past withdrawal symptoms. How long it takes you to beat the habit depends on your will power, committment to stopping, help from your friends, family, doctors etc., . ...Read more
I'm trying to quit smoking, but failed every time. The nicotine patches don't help. Should i be in counseling or some program?
Might help: Behavioral counseling has been shown to be effective in the treatment of smoking. It is also often covered by insurance and is typically brief in duration. Florida offers free programs including group settings; you can find them at www.Tobaccofreeflorida.Com. The first 3 days are the absolute worst and the first 3 weeks are the most critical. Maybe set your goal for 3 days to start. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Smoking from 1 year, quit smoking before 3 days but felling pain in trout some time and some time in left side because I have tonsils not normal?
I would like to know what doctors think about the electronic cigarette..I have recently quit smoking and I use the e cig when I am having a hard time.?
E-cigarettes.: Technically speaking, we don't really know the safety of those electronic cigarettes in the long term. But what they do help with is removing your emotional and mental attachment to actual cigarettes, which could ultimately help you quit everything. As well, there seem to be fewer ingredients in them; there are 42 carcinogens in cigarettes. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
It should!: Congratulations! Try to be patient and confident - this will eventually be a good health move and you'll be glad you succeeded. A suggestion I give patients: W/out the cigarette, do the smoking breath pattern for several minutes at a time up to as often as you smoked. Inhale fully. Hold it. Blow out a full exhale. It's good for you and missing it is partly why quitting's hard. ...Read more
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
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
Usually but depends: on what damage the smoking has already done. In some smokers, the vocal cords become scarred or develop nodules and hoarseness may persist. Most of the time it is chronic inflammation and this heals, with time. It will also depend on how long and how much you smoked, what kind of cigarettes, and your own biology and predisposition to smoking-related damage. Congratulations and stay quit!!! ...Read more
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