Prescribed Medications

There are two types of prescription only medication that can help you quit: Champix and Zyban - they both come as a pill to be taken daily. Both medications can roughly double your chance of qutting smoking for good.

Prescribed Medications -Varenicline (Champix) and Bupropion (Zyban)

Champix and Zyban both reduce nicotine cravings and withdrawal symptoms e.g. feeling irritable, disturbed sleep and increased appetite. Champix can also reduce the feelings of pleasure you experience when smoking.


Evidence shows that taking Champix, Zyban or nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) combined with support from a stop smoking practitioner is the most effective way to quit.


Stop smoking medications won't take away the thought of cigarettes completely. However, your determination along with the use of the other quit tools explained on this website can make it much more likely you will stop smoking for good.


Champix

Champix has been available in the UK for approximately 12 years and has been shown to more than double your chances of stopping smoking for good. Champix has better success rates than Zyban and single forms of NRT.


How to use

You start taking Champix at 1-2 weeks before your quit date to give the medication a chance to start working within your system. The course of Champix lasts for 12 weeks, it’s really important to commit to the full 12 week programme to give yourself the best chance of quitting.

How to get Champix

Champix is a prescription only medication available to people over the age of 18 and it’s not available if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. For more information on whether Champix would be a good option for you contact your local stop smoking service, doctor or pharmacist for further information.

Zyban

Zyban has been available as a stop smoking medication for approximately 18 years and has been shown to approximately double the chance of quitting long term. Zyban has more side-effects associated with it than Champix and because of this it is not suitable for some people.


How to use

You start taking Zyban 1-2 weeks before your quit date to give the medication a chance to start working within your system. The course of Zyban lasts for up to 9 weeks, it’s really important to commit to the full programme to give yourself the best chance of quitting.

How to get Zyban

Zyban is a prescription only medication available to those over the age of 18 and not available if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or if you have some other pre-existing health conditions. For more information on whether Zyban would be a good option for you contact your local stop smoking service, doctor or pharmacist for further information.

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One of the best ways to quit smoking for good is to combine different types of support.

You are more likely to quit smoking by mixing and matching personal support like motivational support from a health advisor with NRT, a prescription medication or e-cigarettes. So don’t put it off, put it out.


How to use

You start taking Champix at 1-2 weeks before your quit date to give the medication a chance to start working within your system. The course of Champix lasts for 12 weeks, it’s really important to commit to the full 12 week programme to give yourself the best chance of quitting.

How to get Champix

Champix is a prescription only medication available to people over the age of 18 and it’s not available if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. For more information on whether Champix would be a good option for you contact your local stop smoking service, doctor or pharmacist for further information.

How to use

You start taking Zyban 1-2 weeks before your quit date to give the medication a chance to start working within your system. The course of Zyban lasts for up to 9 weeks, it’s really important to commit to the full programme to give yourself the best chance of quitting.

How to get Zyban

Zyban is a prescription only medication available to those over the age of 18 and not available if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or if you have some other pre-existing health conditions. For more information on whether Zyban would be a good option for you contact your local stop smoking service, doctor or pharmacist for further information.


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Combining your choices

You don’t have to rely on just one method to quit. You are more likely to quit smoking by mixing and matching personal support like motivational support from a health advisor with NRT or a prescription medication and e-cigarettes. What would work best for you?

Support

There is lots of support to help you quit smoking from health advisers, they are ready with tips, information and encouragement.

Prescribed Medication

There are two types of prescription only medications that can help you quit: Champix and Zyban - they both come as a pill to be taken daily.

Digital Mobile Apps

Apps on your phone are a great way to help you quit smoking, they can help you with tips, advise and encouragement when you need them most.

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