Anyone is suitable for the smoking cessation medication, as long as you are focused and motivated in quitting. Considered a safe medication, however if you are under the age of 18, are pregnant or breastfeeding, have severe kidney failure or certain mental health issues, do let the doctor know during your consult or when you complete the medical evaluation.
Not at all! The pill helps in making the quit journey easier, but you will still need to stay motivated, as it is not a substitute for willpower.
Your journey to quitting begins before you start on the prescription medication. Pick a date you feel is comfortable for when you will stop smoking. Writing down reasons for quitting acts as a good reminder as to why you decided to stop in the first place.
There is no danger in smoking during the treatment period, however, continuing to smoke means you are less likely to successfully quit. Although not recommended, the pill can reduce the enjoyment of smoking a cigarette.
3 months. Here's what to expect:
Month 1: Withdrawal can improve as early as day 4, although in general, symptoms do not completely resolve for several weeks.
Month 2: For some, the withdrawal symptoms have passed, but studies show that continuing treatment for 7-12 weeks results in the best long-term success.
Month 3: After three months, some people may be smoke-free and ready to discontinue treatment. However, for those that feel they need further treatment, or may be at risk of returning to cigarettes, there is an option to potentially continue treatment through a renewal visit with your doctor.