This is a non-nicotine based drug that has been designed as an aid to stop smoking. However, there are strict criteria as to who can take this medication. This will be discussed during your first visit.
If you are eligible for Champix and your doctor agrees to prescribe you will receive a starter pack of tablets (2 weeks), followed by a further 2 weeks supply, then a months supply and then a final months' supply. You will return to clinic each time to be monitored on the drug and to get your prescription request letters from your practitioner.
Nicotinic receptors in the brain are blocked by the drug and in parallel there is a partial release of dopamine to help clients feel good.
Common side effects are headache, nausea, vomiting, sleep disturbance and abnormal dreams.
Serious side effects are far less common, but can include mood changes and development of suicidal ideation. It is really important that you inform your famiy and friends of your quit attempt using Champix so that they can look out for any changes in your mood or behaviour.
What is Vaping?
Professional advice if you are considering vaping as an aid to stopping smoking.
All vaping products operate using the same principals. A battery powers a coil which heats a liquid solution known as e-liquid. This produces a vapor which is then inhaled. However, these fundamentals can be applied in a large number of ways, and many products have been developed to meet the demands vapers have from their vape. Find out more about vaping.
Vaping is an alternative to smoking. It provides a vaper with the sensations, rituals and nicotine that smoking provides, but without smoke and the vast number of dangerous chemicals found in smoke. Vapers choose to use the products for a number of reasons; some because they want to save money, some for health reasons, and some for convenience. It is our belief that vapers should, as soon as they are able, transition fully away from smoking into vaping. Find out more about vaping.
Vaping is used as tobacco harm reduction. It has been estimated to be between two and three orders of magnitude safer than smoking, and this is the standard by which is should be judged. It is then, not risk free, but far preferable to smoking. It is also possible that some forms of vaping are safer than others. Our mission is to provide vapers with the best information available so they can make an informed choice on which products are appropriate for them. Find out more about vaping.
Catriona came to see me on the ward to discuss trying to stop smoking. Twelve months on I am still smoke free and feel so much better for it.
The invention of the e-cig is one of the best things that’s ever happened for me, and I just wanted the people you’re helping to know it IS possible to leave the cigarettes behind. I will very soon be giving up the vaping too once I get down to 0mg nicotine, and if I ever feel tempted to smoke again, I will pick up the ecig before lighting another cigarette.
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