Electronic Cigarettes contain nicotine, but no tar or tobacco. However, they are not intended to be a nicotine replacement therapy nor are they intended to be an aid to stopping smoking.
This is something that can be decided between you and your doctor, in person or via an online consultation. The doctor will take into account factors including your age, your lifestyle and the number of cigarettes that you smoke.
Champix works primarily in two ways. Firstly, it reduces the smoker'S craving for nicotine by binding to nicotine receptors in the brain and reduces the symptoms of withdrawal. Secondly, it reduces the satisfaction a smoker receives when smoking a cigarette.
In 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, it was also shown to be twice as effective as Zyban (Bupropion), the other main anti-smoking drug treatment.
The European Commission approved Champix on September 29th, 2006 as a "Stop smoking" Aid for adults, based on the results from clinical trials. It should be noted that continued abstinence from cigarettes is higher (70% Compared with 50%) when patients take the drug for 24 weeks as opposed to 12, so it may be appropriate for patients who have succeeded in quitting smoking at the 12 week point to take the drug for a further 12 weeks.
It is taken orally. For the first three days, the dosage is 0.5 Mg once daily (The 0.5 Mg tablet is white). For days four to seven, the dosage is 0.5 Mg twice a day. From day eight until the end of the treatment, the dose is 1 mg twice a day (The 0.5 Mg tablet is blue).
It was initially believed that Acomplia, the weight loss drug by Sanofi-Aventis, may be able to help you to quit smoking. However, this drug has now been completely withdrawn from the market due to safety concerns.
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