Advice please

Hello everyone

I have planned to stop smoking on the 24th October, I am going to the doctors Tuesday as I can not do this by myself. This will be the first time I've tried to stop smoking (22 years I've been smoking) and I am in the right frame of mind.:)

However I believe there are two types of drugs the doctor can supply (Champix & Zyban) but I don't know which to ask for (or will he suggest). Will he actually offer me either of them or just tell me to see how I get on without. Should I buy patches etc as well.

I've ordered my NHS pack but ironically I want to give up but I don't actually know how (does that make sense).

Sorry I know I sound stupid but I just want to get this right.

Nice to meet you all in advance and I wish you all the best of luck:).

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  • Welcome Christine,

    Really a lot of the questions you've asked need to be cleared up by your medical advisor. We can do a bit but not everything.

    If you are going onto Champix or Zyban then definitely do not get some NRT product. Your medical advisor will underline that I'm sure.

    Seems you are ripe to do this quit thing and choking to get practically about it. Well there are many ways of getting the initial quit started. Perhaps you could get a hold of Allan Carr's Easy way to stop smoking. This has been used by a few quitters past and present. It definitely helped them.

    But, the main thing is that whatever starting to stop method you use it needs to be augmented by educating yourself to understand more fully what your body is going through...and psychological changes too. Have a look in the hyperlinks I've got in my sig. Maybe there's something that chimes there for you.

    Well done though. You are already doing great :)

    Cav

  • Hello Cav

    Thank you for your post and I have ordered the Allen Carr book, I will look at your links. I'm actually very excited.

    Regards

    Christine xx

  • Hiya Christine. I hope you are successful with your quit, if you want it enough you will be no matter what you use (if anything). This is my first try at quitting after 53 years since my first cigarette. The worst time for me was the four days before I had decided to quit, I was frightened to death, what would I do without my crutch? Got my patches on the Thursday, got myself all geed up by the Monday when I started them and that was it. I soon found out that there was nothing to be scared of at all. In the early days it would have been smashing to have had a smoke but it soon wore off, and, apart from the odd time now (fewer and father between) I woldn't thank you for one, after all I'm a non smoker now, and have been for over seven months with a lot of help and support from the people here. David

  • Welcome Christine, nice to have you on board. you have made the decision to quit and that is fantastic, you have chosen your date that is great, so do it girl.

    What ever methold you and your GP decide upon someone around here will have done it already, so there will always be someone to give advice. In the early days just choosing not to smoke for the next day, hour, till tea time got me through, but what you will notice around here is that every quit is different.

    Good luck and best wishes, keep posting to let us all know how you are getting on.

    Oh and as the others have said, read, read, read.

  • Well I decided I could not wait and went to the doctors today, I now have my supply of Champix and I've signed up for their stop smoking programme (anyone been to this?). I am going to start taking them tomorrow and I'm heading for the 17th October as my stop day.

    I'm excited, nervous but my mind set is good. Thank you for your advice and I appreciate your support.

  • Well I decided I could not wait and went to the doctors today, I now have my supply of Champix and I've signed up for their stop smoking programme (anyone been to this?). I am going to start taking them tomorrow and I'm heading for the 17th October as my stop day.

    I'm excited, nervous but my mind set is good. Thank you for your advice and I appreciate your support.

    Woohoo, best news so far this week Christine :D

    It's great that you are getting stuck in as you say when your mind set is good. Keep posting and reading around here which should hopefully fill in the gaps for you.

    Best wishes on the best decision you have taken today :)

    Cav

  • fantastic news, keep us up todate on how it is going.

  • Hello everyone

    I have planned to stop smoking on the 24th October, I am going to the doctors Tuesday as I can not do this by myself. This will be the first time I've tried to stop smoking (22 years I've been smoking) and I am in the right frame of mind.:)

    However I believe there are two types of drugs the doctor can supply (Champix & Zyban) but I don't know which to ask for (or will he suggest). Will he actually offer me either of them or just tell me to see how I get on without. Should I buy patches etc as well.

    I've ordered my NHS pack but ironically I want to give up but I don't actually know how (does that make sense).

    Sorry I know I sound stupid but I just want to get this right.

    Nice to meet you all in advance and I wish you all the best of luck:).

    Hello Christine.

    I wish you all the best with your quit.

    I have yet to quit and am just in the process of finding out how to go about things myself.

    I heard about the Champix thing and wondered about using this myself, however, I'm in the same position as you as it's the first time in 20 odd years that I'm attempting to quit I thought I might try the old cold turkey method just to see what kind of will power I have - or not ;-)

    Anyway, best of luck with it and if you do try the Champix please let us know how you got on.

  • So are you here and planning to quit mr. moore? or is it more to promote that link in your signature? = spam.

  • To be honest its not clear if its spam or not. The link took you to a page where you sign up to download a "free" book.

    However, the link has been removed due to the fact that you have to enter your email address to download it.

  • Yeah i'm always very untrusting of websites that want your email address. Seen alot of spam issues where the company you sign up for like that is also affiliated to many other companies, and the next thing you know your mailbox is bombarded with tons of spam.

    anyway, link gone now :)

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