Champix tablets are one of the most effective treatments to help with quitting smoking, and have been proven in trials to be more effective than any form of treatment. People who use Champix to help with giving up smoking are twice as likely to succeed as they would with will power alone.

A Champix course lasts for 12 weeks, although you will have stopped smoking within the first two weeks.

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Stop Smoking

Smoking is a serious addiction that is thought to kill over 5 million people each year through smoking related conditions and terminal illnesses. Given that people choose to smoke, the deaths associated with smoking make it one of the highest preventable causes of death in the world.

Tobacco is used to make cigarettes and has been directly linked to over 25 different diseases and health problems. Nicotine is one of 4,000 toxic chemicals in each cigarette, and it is highly addictive making it even more difficult to kick the habit and quit smoking.

Often when smokers are faced with the evidence of the health implications of smoking they question why they ever started smoking and acknowledge that they need to stop; however smoking is an addiction and many people may struggle with breaking the habit and giving up their reliance upon Nicotine.

PrivateDoc is able to offer Champix on prescription, which is well known to be the most successful quit smoking medication available.

What are the immediate health risks?

It is well understood that smoking is responsible for many serious health problems and long term, terminal illnesses. The most common of these conditions include:

  • Cancer of the lungs, throat, mouth, liver, bladder and the cervix in women
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Stroke and Heart Disease
  • Impotence in men
  • Infertility
  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney failure
  • Asthma

The benefits of quitting smoking

Regardless of how long you have been smoking you can still benefit from quitting smoking and not doing any further damage to your health.

Within 20 minutes of quitting smoking, improvements will be realised to a patient’s quality of life and in just 72 hours blood pressure will have fallen to a normal level for the patient without Nicotine. In the first 72 hours Carbon Monoxide levels will half and oxygen levels will have increased. Circulation will improve and breathing will become easier as less mucus is produced by the lungs through the irritation of cigarette smoke.

What help is available to quit smoking?

The best time to stop smoking is now, because you will prevent any further damage to your health and immediately start to feel the benefits of a smoke free lifestyle. However, overcoming Nicotine cravings is one of the main challenges a smoker will face. As with weight loss, or any other lifestyle change, you should pick the right time and not attempt to make too many changes to your life at once, particularly if this could threaten the success of your goals.

The immediate Nicotine cravings will be a test of your will power and the extent of your dependency on Nicotine. There are various smoking cessation aids that have been manufactured to help you achieve your goal.

Nicotine replacement therapy works by supplying your body with a small dose of Nicotine to reduce the withdrawal symptoms. Typically this is supplied as a patch, gum, spray, an inhaler or by a tablet. The NHS offers a “Quit Kit” to guide users step by step through the quit smoking process. The pack contains information on quitting smoking, dealing with Nicotine cravings, and a common side effect of quitting smoking potential weight gain, all to help you kick the habit permanently.

Prescription only medication to help with stopping smoking

For some the process of giving up smoking will be difficult, particularly if a person has tried and failed before. In addition to the Nicotine cravings, a patient’s day to day life will be a key factor in the success of giving up and in some circumstances additional support will be required to aid the withdrawal process.

Prescription medication can be used to ease the cravings for cigarettes by reducing the pleasure gained when smoking and by influencing the receptors in the brain that create the cravings. Some people who use prescription medication can double or even quadruples their chances of quitting smoking compared to those who quit with will power alone.

Champix is a prescription only medication that works to stimulate the nicotine receptors in the brain, relieving cravings and suppressing the withdrawal symptoms. In the event that smoking commences again whilst on this medication it suppresses the effects on the Nicotine