Giving up is smoking tough, but not impossible. Those who feel like they need help can find it here. Our pharmacy stocks branded smoking cessation treatments Champix and Zyban.
- Over 60 percent of smokers start before the age of 18
- Most smokers tend to be in their 20s
- Several methods can make quitting easier
If you’re looking to buy stop smoking treatment online, you can do so using our secure prescription and pharmacy service. We work with GMC doctors and a UK pharmacy to help patients get the medicine they need.
2 treatment(s) for Stop Smoking
Stopping smoking can be notoriously difficult, as most people who have tried to quit will already be aware. Between 9 and 10 million people in the UK smoke, and according to ASH (Action on Smoking and Health), 60 percent of smokers say they would not be able to make it through a whole day without lighting up at least once.
For most people, smoking might only start with the occasional cigarette. However, this can develop quite easily into a heavier habit, and the more someone smokes, the harder it can be for them to give up.
The health risks associated with smoking are well-known. It’s common knowledge that tobacco is the leading cause of lung cancer, causing up to 90 per cent of cases. The habit has also been linked to increased susceptibility to heart disease too. It is thought that those who smoke raise their exposure to heart-related illnesses by as much as 24 percent. Furthermore, smoking can make your skin age at a faster rate, contribute to gum disease, decrease circulation, and have several other harmful effects on the body.
However, for many, knowledge of these health risks may not be motivation enough to stop. Smoking is so addictive, that many people continue the habit in spite of the likelihood of encountering serious illness.
Staying quit can seem hard for a number of reasons. First of all, once the body is accustomed to cigarettes, the brain depends on nicotine stimulation. Secondly, psychological factors, such as stress and anxiety, may make it tough for someone to give up as well. In these cases, tobacco can act as a crutch when someone feels pressured at work, or in social situations.
Those who want to stop but are finding it hard to do on their own can find help. The NHS Smoke Free programme provides free advice to people looking to give up, and guidance on what cessation methods there are available. For some, nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products such as lozenges, gum and patches can be effective. For others, e-cigarettes can be useful in helping them quit.
Prescription treatment is also available in the form of Champix (Pfizer) and Zyban (GlaxoSmithKline). These are tablet medicines, which are taken at the same as when a person is giving up. They help both to increase the user’s chances of quitting by increasing the activity of certain chemicals in the brain. These chemicals stimulate the brain in various ways, and help to reduce craving.
You can only buy these smoking cessation medicines with a prescription. This is because a doctor will have to assess your suitability for the medication before issuing it to you. When you order Zyban or buy Champix online, it is important to ensure you are buying the branded version, as generic variations of these medicines are not yet available.
Getting the stop smoking medicine you need online with our service is simple. It takes just a few minutes to fill in our online questionnaire. Once you have done so, a GMC-registered doctor will assess your request, and issue a prescription if appropriate. Following successful consultation, our UK pharmacy will dispense and dispatch your medicine, and you’ll receive it in just one working day.
Types of Treatment
There are several approaches someone might take when giving up smoking.
These include cold turkey, nicotine replacement therapy, e-cigarettes, and even hypnosis.
Prescription treatment can help in cases where someone has previously tried and failed to quit smoking.
Here at Treated.com, we offer Champix (Pfizer) and Zyban (GlaxoSmithKline) for smoking cessation.
Champix and Zyban are both tablet medications, designed to be used in conjunction with a motivational support programme to help the user give up smoking.
How do they work?
This tablet contains bupropion hydrochloride.
Smoking stimulates nicotinic receptors in the brain. When someone stops smoking, these nicotinic receptors are deprived of the chemical arousal they have become used to, leading to craving. Bupropion circumvents this by facilitating the activity of other chemicals in the brain, noradrenaline and dopamine. As a result, the user feels less dependent on nicotine and less inclined to smoke.
Referred to as a nicotinic acetylcholine receptor partial agonist, Champix works in a similar way to nicotine replacement therapy by providing stimulation to the receptors in the brain that respond to nicotine; and also prevents the action of the chemical on receptors when it is inhaled through cigarette smoke. This both reduces the craving and makes inhaled nicotine less attractive to the brain.
What are the side effects?
As these are different products with separate active ingredients, the side effects they may cause vary. The most common possible side effects associated with both treatments are difficulty sleeping, headaches and dry mouth. Please refer to the leaflets provided with each product for more detailed information.
Can I take them with other medications?
This depends on which other medicines are being taken by the user. Always disclose information pertaining to any other treatments you are currently using to your doctor. This includes prescription, non-prescription or remedial products.
What’s the difference between the medications?
The main difference between the medicines is their contents and resultant mechanism of action. Whereas Champix works by simulating nicotine reuptake, Zyban triggers the activity of other chemicals in the brain which suppress craving.
Additionally, Champix is typically given as a longer course, for 12 weeks; whereas Zyban may only be given for seven to nine weeks.
You can buy or renew your Champix prescription through our online service.
Patients ordering Zyban through our site will need to start on the two week pack before moving onto the continuation pack. Before ordering the continuation pack, you will also need to have your blood pressure checked.
Should I take Champix or Zyban?
It depends on what you’ve used before, and whether either is contraindicated by other medicines you’re taking or any medical conditions you might have. More information is available on the page for each, but we would recommend speaking to a doctor in person for detailed guidance if you suspect they may not be suitable.
Are there different side effects?
Yes. Refer to the patient information leaflets for a detailed account of the side effects associated with each treatment.
Is it right for me?
If you are not sure or think prescription stop smoking treatment may not be right for you, speak to your GP. They will be able to discuss other cessation methods with you, and provide more information on the risks and benefits of prescription medicine.
To buy stop smoking treatment online, fill in our online health assessment and a doctor will examine your answers. Once they have determined that the medication is safe for you, they will draw up a prescription and send it to our dispensing pharmacy. You should receive your treatment no later than one working day following approval.
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