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Stopping smoking isn’t easy, but the benefits are huge. You can add years to your life, and reduce your chances of disease as you get older. 

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    How to quit smoking

    The first thing you need to quit smoking is the will to become a non-smoker. The second is to get advice on how best to do that. There’s no one size fits all approach for quitting smoking, but there are some tried and trusted methods that we can help you with. Prescription treatments like Champix and Zyban have shown to be effective at helping many people to quit.

    What are the best ways to stop smoking?

    There are lots of ways, so it’s a matter of finding the right one for you. Many statistics show that you’re more likely to quit with the help of stop smoking aids and treatments, but with so many available, finding the right one might take a little time. Some of the most popular include medications and nicotine withdrawal products.

    The benefits of stopping smoking

    Stopping smoking can have a profound effect on your health and your bank balance (usually you’ll spend less on cigarettes and have more money). It significantly reduces the risk of various cancers and cardiovascular diseases. But even this is just scratching the surface in terms of the health risks associated with smoking. Food tastes nicer. Your skin improves. In fact, there’s barely a part of the body that isn’t affected by it. 

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    The quit smoking timeline

    It’s been estimated that it can take some smokers 30 or more attempts to quit. So if you have a few hiccups along the way, that’s totally normal. But if you stay determined, there’s every chance that you can stop smoking forever. 

    And once you’ve quit, you’ll likely notice some positive changes in the body over time. These little milestones are massively beneficial to your health, and knowing what’s going on inside (and not solely focusing on the negative experiences of quitting smoking), can be a great motivator. This is where the stop smoking timeline comes in.

    It takes just 20 minutes for signs of improvement to take effect as your heart rate will return to its normal rate. After eight hours, carbon monoxide levels are halved in the body and your oxygen levels are also increased. The carbon monoxide leaves your body completely after two days and your lungs start to recover. Your sense of taste and smell start to return to normal too. And the following day, you’ll find that your bronchial tubes can relax again, helping you to breathe more easily. 

    Over the next few weeks, the blood flow to your heart will increase considerably and after just three to nine months, any coughing and wheezing will disappear as your lung capacity increases. Long term, it takes just a year for your risk of a heart attack to have halved, and in ten years, the same for lung cancer risks. 

    As an added bonus, your bank balance is likely to swell, so you not only have the energy to do more, you can afford it too.

    How smoking damages your health

    Smoking increases your risk of various cancers, including cancers of the throat, mouth, liver, lungs, stomach and pancreas. And this is just a fraction of the cancers associated with it. Heart disease, strokes, various vascular diseases, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), pneumonia and impotence in men can also all be caused by smoking.

    It’s not just your own health as a smoker that’s at risk. Passive smoking (breathing in the smoke of other peoples’ tobacco) increases your chances of developing all of the conditions mentioned above by as much as a quarter, with young people at particular risk.

    Quitting smoking cold turkey

    Quitting cold turkey can be very difficult, and the NHS website suggests that just 3% of people that try manage it, but separate studies suggest it’s the most effective method in some cases. The trick is to find the best approach for you and make sure you get the right support, whatever route you take.

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    Treatments to help you stop smoking

    They might not be for everyone, but prescription treatments have been shown to be highly effective for many people who have successfully quit smoking. 

    It should be noted though that they will not work alone; a commitment to becoming a non-smoker and some willpower are still needed if you choose to stop smoking this way.

    The two main prescription treatments to stop smoking are Champix and Zyban, which work in different ways. These are stop smoking tablets that are taken orally.

    How do stop smoking tablets like Champix and Zyban work?

    Champix is the brand name of the drug varenicline. It works in two ways. The first is by reducing the severity of cravings that makes quitting smoking so difficult, and the second is by minimising some of the more problematic symptoms, such as mood swings and insomnia. A Champix stop smoking course usually takes around nine days before you notice its effects and lasts for 12 weeks.

    Zyban is the brand name of the drug bupropion and was originally prescribed to treat depression. The science behind how it works isn’t entirely clear, but it’s understood that it has an effect on the part of the brain that’s connected to addiction. It should be started a week or two before you quit smoking and the course lasts for around eight weeks. 

    Stop smoking aids

    As well as stop smoking treatments, there are stop smoking aids that can usually be bought over the counter. One of the most commonly used are NRTs (nicotine replacement therapies). These work (you guessed it) by replacing the nicotine you’re no longer getting from smoking with products that help to wean you off the habit. They come in patches, gums, inhalators, tablets, lozenges and oral or nasal sprays, so there’s something for everyone.

    Another way to wean yourself off smoking is E-cigarettes, which is an electronic device that releases nicotine (but without many of the harmful chemicals in tobacco). These are essentially another form of NRT, so they shouldn’t be used alongside the therapies listed above.

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    What is the Champix starter pack?

    The starter pack is the first part of the treatment, containing the first two weeks of tablets (white and light blue). Once you’ve finished this, you’ll move on to a maintenance pack that contains all light blue tablets. 

    If you’re taking Champix for the first time, or coming back to using Champix after not taking it for a while, you’ll always start off on the starter pack. This is to help ‘wean’ you onto the recommended dose slowly.

    When you take the starter pack, it’s recommended to have your quit date during the second week, between days 8 and 14.

    Are there different Champix doses?

    There are two doses of tablet in the starter pack, 0.5mg and 1mg. And you can get the maintenance pack in two doses (0.5mg and 1mg).

    Everyone starts on 0.5mg tablets for at least the first week of treatment, and most people move up to 1mg tablets at the start of week two. 

    But if you’ve had side effects before while taking the 1mg dose, or you have a medical condition that makes side effects more likely, you’ll be recommended to stay on the lower dose (0.5mg) for the duration of the 12 week course.  

    What if I take too much Champix?

    The information that comes with the medication advises going to your nearest hospital right away if you take too much Champix. Take your medication box with you so the staff know what you’ve taken.

    Varenicline and Champix: what’s the difference?

    Varenicline is a non-branded version of Champix that’s available in the US, but isn’t yet in Australia (in the states, Champix is called ‘Chantix’). 

    Varenicline comes in the same doses and contains the same active ingredient. So it should work in exactly the same way in the body. The only main differences are the excipient ingredients used to make the tablets (which can change how the tablets look), the packaging and the price (branded medicines are usually more expensive). 

    Why should I buy Champix online from Treated?

    We put you in control of your treatment. Once you’ve told us about your health, we’ll suggest treatment options for you and you can choose which one you’d like from there. You can also choose how often you’d like to receive your treatment and the quantity of it too. Change, pause or cancel your subscription anytime. 

    It doesn’t end there. We’ll get in touch with you regularly to see how you’re finding your medication. And if you’ve got any questions or need advice, we’re here for you.

    What's the difference between Zyban and Champix?

    Zyban adjusts the levels of chemicals called neurotransmitters in the brain. This eases the withdrawal symptoms you get when you stop smoking.

    Champix works a bit differently. It helps to tackle withdrawal by mimicking the way nicotine acts in your body. So any urges to smoke, low mood or trouble sleeping should all lessen.

    Zyban vs Champix: which is more effective

    There's no real difference between the two. In a clinical study, the overall success rate of each treatment was 19.8% after 12 months.

    So which option you choose is really up to you. But it was also found that people who used these medications for more than 45 days had greater success. So however you choose, it's best to give it a chance to work.

    What side effects can stop smoking treatments cause?

    It may depend on the type of stop smoking treatment you’re using, and not everyone gets them, but common side effects include finding it hard to sleep, headache, feeling sick, dizziness, skin rash and itching. If you get any side effects, you should discuss these with our clinician.

    Serious side effects with stop smoking treatments are rare, but if you experience agitation, behavioural changes, or depressed mood you should get medical advice right away. You should go to hospital immediately if you experience any suicidal thoughts, allergic reactions or a lupus skin rash (or symptoms of lupus that worsen).

    Seizures are uncommon, and are more likely if you take too much treatment. If you have a seizure, seek urgent medical attention and don’t take any more of your stop smoking medication.

    NRT can have side effects too. They’re normally mild, but if you find that they persist and cause you discomfort, let your GP know. They may need to adjust your dose, or explore alternative NRT options with you. Side effects include headache, dizziness, an upset stomach, sleeping difficulties (and sometimes vivid dreams), irritation of the skin if you’re using patches, and a sore nose, throat and eyes if you’re using a nasal spray.

    You should always read the package leaflet that comes with your treatment before starting to use it.

    Is hypnotherapy a stop smoking treatment option?

    While some people say it was key to their success, the evidence for stop smoking hypnosis therapies is mixed. Hypnotherapy aims to reduce the cravings that make stopping smoking so difficult.

    When looking for a hypnotherapist, you should consult your GP beforehand, and make sure that any practitioner you approach is registered with the Professional Standards Authority, as hypnotherapists are not required by law to have any specific training.

    Can talking about quitting help?

    Studies have shown that it can. Support can mean talking to a healthcare professional, support groups, and quitting at the same time as someone else and speaking about your experiences. According to the NHS website, you’re four times more likely to quit when you’re getting support in addition to other methods.

    Are there any other helpful tips to quit smoking?

    As well as treatments and support groups, there are other things that you can try to put into practice to help you to stop smoking.

    Approaching quitting with a positive frame of mind can be really beneficial. So focusing on what it is that you’re going to achieve rather than the short term discomfort of withdrawal.

    You can also think about when you tend to crave a cigarette, and prepare yourself for this in advance. So, for example, after you’ve had a meal, try to distract yourself with an activity or something else that you enjoy.

    Changing your usual routine can really help too. So, if you used to wake up and have a cigarette, try switching up your morning habits. For example, having a coffee on the way to work instead could help you break the cycle.

    Exercise can play a big role in quitting too. Not only is it good for your overall health, but there is some evidence that it reduces cravings. At the very least, it can keep your mind occupied in a healthy way.

    Putting a combination of these things into place really can allow you to achieve a life changing goal that you can be proud of.

    Why should I buy stop smoking treatment with Treated?

    Stopping smoking can be daunting, and knowing where to start with medication can make it seem even more challenging. At Treated, once you’ve told us about your health, we’ll suggest treatments that are safe and suitable for you. And from there, the choice is yours.

    We also like to give you flexibility. So you can decide how often you’d like to receive your treatment, and how much of it you want us to send to you each time. Change, pause or cancel your subscription at any point.

    If you’re unsure about anything, or if you’d just like some clarity on your treatment, you can log into your account and our clinicians will be on hand to help. Aftercare is important to us, so our clinical team will contact you regularly to see how you’re getting on with your treatment, and if you’d like us to make any changes. Whether that’s adjusting your dose or trying something else.

    What Zyban dosages are available and how do I use them?

    Zyban 150 mg are the only Zyban tablets available. Because it’s a slow-release tablet (tablets that release the active ingredient slowly), its levels can be maintained, offering steady support for stopping cravings.

    If you’re over 65, have liver or kidney disease or if you’re more prone to seizures, you may need to take a lower dose of Zyban.

    If I take too much Zyban, what should I do?

    If you take too much Zyban, seek immediate medical attention. An overdose of Zyban can lead to a greater risk of seizures, which can be dangerous.

    It’s important to properly track what you have taken and when the next dose is due. You could try using a medication reminder app, to note down when you've taken your tablets. That can stop you from accidentally double-dosing.

    What should I do if I want to stop taking Zyban?

    Zyban is a seven week treatment and you won’t see all its effects right away. So if you stop taking it early, you won’t have the best shot at quitting smoking. If you feel like Zyban isn’t working for you, send us a message.

    You may need to reduce the dosage slowly when you’re coming off Zyban. It’s important that you speak to our clinician about this in the first instance, so they can advise you on the safest way to do so.

    Zyban or Champix: which is better?

    The two most commonly used prescription treatments for stopping smoking are Champix and Zyban. Although both essentially help reduce the cravings associated with quitting smoking, they work in different ways.

    Zyban affects the part of the brain that’s related to addiction. Champix instead blocks how nicotine interacts with the receptors in the brain. It also releases dopamine, but to a lesser extent than Zyban. So they function differently, but provide similar results, at least in the long term.

    That’s not to say that they work the same for everyone. Finding the right treatment can vary from person to person, so there’s no one size fits all.

    What’s the difference between Bupropion and Zyban?

    The active ingredient in Zyban is Bupropion, which is also the generic name for the treatment. In short, Bupropion and Zyban are the same medication, and they work in the same way.

    There isn’t a generic version of Zyban available right now. So the branded form is the one to try if you want to quit smoking.

    Can Zyban cause depression?

    As mood changes are a relatively common side effect of taking Zyban, it’s possible you may experience depression during the treatment. This usually goes away in a few weeks. But if you experience a significant change in mood, let our clinician know.

    Is Zyban also helpful for weight loss?

    There is some evidence that Zyban can help in weight management, but it’s not precisely known why this happens. The effects are thought to be related to certain hormones in the body, such as dopamine. In fact, bupropion is one of the active ingredients in the weight loss medication Mysimba.

    We only offer Zyban as a stop smoking treatment. But it may be preferable for someone who also has concerns about putting on weight as a result of quitting.

    Are there any over the counter stop smoking aids?

    Yes. There are many stop smoking aids that can be bought over the counter. Most of these products work by replacing the nicotine without all the other chemicals that are found in tobacco.
    These include patches, gums, nasal sprays and lozenges.

    There are also vape products (E-cigarettes) that deliver nicotine. Results from these NRT (nicotine replacement therapies) are positive, but some find they just prolong the addiction.
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