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Quitting Smoking

Aids to Quitting (Nicotine)

What about Zyban (Bupropion)?

This is a non-nicotine stop-smoking aid that works by reducing the urge to smoke and is only available on prescription from you GP. Your GP will be able to assess whether you have any conditions, or are taking any other medication, which could make it an unsuitable treatment option for you.

Zyban is an eight week course that comes in tablet form and treatment begins while you are still smoking. You should set a quit date that falls within the second week of taking the tablets – usually around Day 11 and stop smoking completely on that day. By this time, the drug should have built up to the required levels and decreasing your desire to smoke.

What is Champix (Varenicline)?

Champix is a non nicotine drug that has been developed specifically for smoking cessation and is only available on prescription from your GP. It is designed to block the rewards from, and reduce craving from cigarette smoking. This 12 week course begins while you are still smoking with a two week starter pack. Before you start your course of treatment you should decide on a date in the second week – usually between day 8 and day 14 when you will stop smoking.