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How can I stop smoking?

About 2 in 3 smokers want to stop smoking. Some people can give up easily. Willpower and determination are the most important aspects when giving up smoking. However, nicotine is a drug of addiction and many people find giving up a struggle. Nicotine is considered to be one of the most addictive drugs in existence and studies have indicated that up to 95% of smokers relapse within the first year of quitting. If you have decided to stop smoking, help is available.

GPs, practice nurses, or pharmacists can provide information, encouragement, and tips on stopping smoking. Also, throughout the country there are specialist NHS 'Stop Smoking Clinics' which have a good success rate in helping people to stop smoking. Your doctor may refer you to one if you are keen to stop smoking. Over the counter nicotine replacement therapy gums, sprays and patches can also increase your chance of quitting.

The prescription medicine varenicline (trade name Champix) can also help and is available on prescription from Anytime Doctor. Champix provides relief from cravings and withdrawal symptoms. It works on the pleasure centre of the brain to cut the satisfaction smokers get from a cigarette. This means that if you have a lapse and smoke a cigarette, you will find it less enjoyable and are more likely to continue to want to quit.

All services provided by Anytime Doctor are safe, fast and confidential. You can obtain treatment within the privacy of your home and without the inconvenience of waiting for an appointment.

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Champix (varenicline)

  • Recommended for use 2 weeks before your planned date to stop smoking
  • Available as a 2 week starter pack with follow on packs or 12 week smoking cessation course
  • Packs contain 0.5mg and 1mg tablets to be taken as directed
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Medicines at a glance

Description

Champix tablets contain the active ingredient varenicline, which is a medicine used to help people who are addicted to nicotine to give up smoking. It acts in the brain, but is not the same as nicotine replacement therapy.

Varenicline acts on the same receptors in the brain as nicotine. It works by stimulating these nicotinic receptors and produces an effect that relieves the craving and withdrawal symptoms you can get when you stop smoking. Varenicline also blocks nicotine from acting on the nicotinic receptors. This prevents any nicotine inhaled in tobacco smoke from having a rewarding and enjoyable effect.

Side Effects
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • indigestion
  • constipation
  • weakness and fatigue
  • headaches
  • insomnia
  • unpleasant dreams
  • can cause dizziness or drowsiness - you should not drive or operate machinery if affected
Please Note

There have been reports of suicidal thoughts or behaviour in people taking this medicine to help them give up smoking. It is very difficult to know if this is due to the medicine, as giving up smoking itself can make people depressed, especially if they already have a mental health problem. However, not all people experiencing depression and suicidal thoughts while taking this medicine had a previous history of psychiatric illness. If you begin to feel agitated or depressed, or experience any changes in your behaviour or thoughts about suicide you should stop taking it and consult your doctor immediately.

All medication can cause side effects. Details of all side effects, including rare side effects to be aware of, are listed in the patient information leaflet (PIL). When completing your medical questionnaire it is very important that you answer the questions truthfully. This is to ensure your doctor has a full picture of your medical history before prescribing. List all medicines you are already taking, including non-prescription and herbal medicines.

Patient Information Leaflet

Champix 0.5mg PIL
Champix 1mg PIL

Suitability

You should not request this treatment service if you are allergic to varenicline. Not suitable for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Alternatives

Other alternative treatments to help you stop smoking include nicotine replacement therapy inhalers, gums, lozenges, sprays, micro tabs, and patches. There is also another prescription medicine called bupropion (trade name Zyban), but this is not available through Anytime Doctor.

Looking after your medicine

Do not take medicines after the expiry date stamped on the pack. Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.

Medicines are only intended to be used by the person they are prescribed for. Do not give your prescribed medicine to anybody else, even if they have the same symptoms as you. Medicines can be harmful if used by anybody other than the person they have been prescribed for.

How the service works

Step 1

Complete a free online medical consultation. Your answers provide our doctors with the information they need to safely recommend the right treatment for you.

Step 2

A doctor will review your consultation and, if it is safe to do so, approve you for treatment. Our doctors will suggest suitable treatment options, including dosage and treatment duration. Select your medicine and complete your order using our secure payment system.

Step 3

All prescriptions are sent electronically to our UK based partner pharmacy, ready for dispatch. Our partner pharmacy is regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council and only dispenses genuine branded medicines licensed for use in the UK.

Step 4

Medicines require a signature upon delivery. Most orders are dispensed and dispatched for delivery the next working day. All orders are sent using discrete packaging with no mention of Anytime Doctor or the parcel content. Upgrade to same day delivery for orders within the M25.

All of our prices are fully inclusive. When buying your treatment online our price includes the cost of the consultation, the issuing of a private prescription, dispensing of the medicine itself, free delivery and doctor after-care. There are no hidden extras.

We aim to offer you similar pattern of healthcare as if you were to visit your normal GP for a face to face consultation. We believe it is important that you complete a medical consultation to ensure that the treatment option you are requesting is appropriate for your needs. Our GMC registered doctors are also able to suggest treatment options for you if you prefer. Once a doctor has approved you for treatment all prices are clearly displayed. Your medical consultation and registration is free and you are under no obligation to purchase any treatment after your consultation.

In order to manage some conditions online, we are required to inform your GP about the medicine you have been prescribed. This will be clearly highlighted during your consultation. We will not contact or share this information with your GP without your consent. You are required to provide consent each time you order, so you remain in full control of when we contact your GP on your behalf.

Your Anytime Doctor medical record is confidential and securely stored on our UK data servers. We will never share your details unless you expressly ask us to do so.

Smoking kills. Smoking is the biggest cause of death and illness in the UK with more than 120,000 people dying each year from smoking related diseases such as heart disease and lung cancer. The fastest way to improve your health is to quit smoking. The health benefits of stopping smoking start almost immediately - after only 20 minutes your blood pressure and pulse return to normal, within 8 hours the nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in your blood are halved and within 1 year the risk of a heart attack is halved.

The benefits begin straight away. You reduce your risk of getting serious disease no matter what age you give up. However, the sooner you stop, the greater the reduction in your risk.

If you have smoked since being a teenager or young adult, stopping smoking can have the following benefits:

  • Stop smoking before the age of 35 and your life expectancy is only slightly less than people who have never smoked.
  • Stop smoking before the age of 50 and you decrease the risk of dying from smoking related diseases by 50%.

It is never too late to stop smoking to gain health benefits. Even if you already have COPD or heart disease, your outlook (prognosis) can be much improved if you stop smoking.

The use of this oral medicine follows a set pre-determined route. You should set a date on which you will stop smoking and start taking this medicine one to two weeks beforehand. This is because the medicine needs time to start working.

The dose is increased gradually in the first week of treatment (follow the instructions given by your doctor) and should then be taken twice a day for 12 weeks. If you have successfully managed to stop smoking at the end of 12 weeks, your doctor may offer you a further 12 week course of treatment. The tablets should be swallowed whole with a drink of water. They can be taken with or without food.

Current evidence indicates that about 4 in 10 smokers who want to quit smoking will be able to do so with the help of Champix. During drug trials, 44% of the group treated with Champix had stopped smoking after being treated for 12 weeks, as opposed to 11% of smokers taking the placebo. Over the same duration, Champix was also shown to be twice as effective as Zyban (bupropion), the other main anti-smoking drug treatment.

How our service works

  1. 1

    Complete a free online consultation

  2. 2

    Choose your preferred treatment

  3. 3

    Prescription issued by a GMC registered doctor

  4. 4

    Medicine delivered the next day

Why choose Anytime Doctor

  • UK based doctors and patient co-ordinators
  • Genuine & licensed medicines only
  • No hidden fees
  • Free discrete delivery
  • Genuine medication prescribed and dispensed by UK GPs and pharmacy
  • Free next day UK delivery
  • Discrete service, no face to face appointments needed
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