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Stop Smoking with Champix Service

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How can Anytime Doctor help me?

We provide this regulated, specialist service for patients who wish to obtain medicine to help them quit smoking. Smoking is a notoriously hard thing to stop. Nicotine is considered to be one of the most addictive drugs in existence, studies have indicated that up to 95% of smokers relapse within the first year of quitting.

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.

All services provided by Anytime Doctor are safe, fast and confidential (we do not inform your GP). You can obtain treatment within the privacy of your home and without the inconvenience of lengthy doctor waiting rooms.

How does the Anytime Doctor service work?

Step 1:             Register online and complete the free online medical questionnaire consultation. A doctor will review your questionnaire and, if it is safe to do so, approve you for treatment. You do not pay for your doctor consultation.
Step 2: If you are approved for treatment you will be sent a text message asking you to log back into your secure patient record. You can pay for your stop smoking treatment using a debit or credit card.
Step 3: Order before 4pm Monday to Friday and our partner UK Pharmacy will aim to dispense and despatch your medicine in that day's post using Royal Mail Special Delivery for delivery before 1pm the next working day. Your medicine can be delivered to your work or home address, someone needs to sign for the delivery but it does not have to be you.

Why are no prices shown for Anytime Doctor treatment services?

At Anytime Doctor, 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 and receive a diagnosis by a licensed doctor before you are offered treatment options. Once a doctor has approved you for treatment all prices are clearly displayed. Your registration and medical consultation is free and you are under no obligation to purchase any treatment after your consultation.

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How does this stop smoking service work?

You can be prescribed a medicine called champix (varenicline), it is known as chantix within the USA. Champix is a prescription-only pill that provides relief from cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Champix 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.

How to take your stop smoking oral tablets:

The use of this oral medicine follows a set pre-determined route. You set a date to stop smoking, and then start taking the tablets 1 or 2 weeks before this date. Treatment normally lasts for 12 weeks. The dose is increased gradually in the first week of treatment and the medicine is then 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. Your doctor will also provide you with assistance on how to take the medicine.

What are the potential side-effects (contraindications) of the stop smoking tablets?

All medication can cause side effects. Your stop smoking tablets can cause nausea, vomiting, indigestion, constipation or weakness and fatigue. Some people have reported headaches, insomnia and unpleasant dreams. The leaflet accompanying the treatment will list some of the rarer side-effects.

When answering your medical questionnaire for stop smoking medicine it is very important that you answer the questions truthfully to ensure your doctor has a full picture of your medical history before they prescribe you treatment.

How effective is the stop smoking medicine?

Curent 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.

Who should not use this particular stop smoking service?

You should not request this treatment service if you are allergic to varenicline.

This service is not suitable for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Alternate treatment options

There are many other alternative treatments to help you stop smoking such as; inhalers, gums, lozenges, sprays, micro tabs, and patches. Your GP can advise you as to the other treatment options.

Looking after your stop smoking medicine

This treatment is for YOU only. Do not give it to others. It may not suit them.

Do not take this medicine after the expiry date stamped on the pack.

Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.

Where can you find out more information?

Anytime Doctor's Health Library provides a comprehensive resource on all services offered through Anytime Doctor. The Health Library also contains references and links to reputable organisations such as: NHS Direct (UK), FDA (US Food and Drug Administration), NetDoctor (UK), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (USA), Department of Health (UK) and the Health Protection Agency (UK).

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