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Patient Handout: Varenicline (Chantix®)

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See FDA package insert for more complete information.

Warnings and side effects of Varenicline (Chantix) are included in the table below. For more information, you can refer to the FDA package insert.

 

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Varenicline is a quit-smoking medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration. It does not contain any nicotine. It is available as Chantix® and only by prescription. You can use it for up to 12 weeks. An additional 12 weeks may be recommended by your physician after successful cessation to help maintain abstinence.

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Patient Handout: Bupropion Hydrochloride SR (Zyban®)

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See FDA package insert for more complete information.

Description, side effects, and instructions for the medicine Bupropion Hydrochloride SR (Zyban®) are presented below. For more complete information, you can refer to the FDA package insert for the medication.

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Patient Handout: Physical Activity

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Details how ex-smokers are successful at quitting by getting involved in some kind of regular physical activity.

Do you find it hard to believe that exercise (something that is active) can help you quit smoking (something that is passive)? It's true. A lot of ex-smokers are successful at quitting by getting involved in some kind of regular physical activity.

Question: How do I know what kind of exercise to do?

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Weight Gain

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Weight gain, for most ex-smokers, can be avoided or controlled. This resource helps patients plan ahead.

Weight gain, for most ex-smokers, can be avoided or controlled. Planning ahead will help you. Here are some reasons why people gain weight after they quit smoking:


Improved Sense of Taste

Your taste buds work better, so eating becomes more enjoyable.

Improved Appetite

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Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update includes new, effective clinical treatments for tobacco dependence and the latest information to help people quit smoking. (From Their Website)
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US Public Health Service Guidelines
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Patient Handout: Basics of Nicotine

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Patient handout with information on the basics of nicotine.

Nicotine is a substance found in cigarettes and other tobacco products. When you inhale a cigarette, you are inhaling nicotine, along with more than 500 other chemicals. Nicotine is the drug that makes people become addicted. When you are addicted to nicotine, you feel as if you need nicotine in order to get through your day.

Because nicotine reaches the brain within 10 seconds after being inhaled, it may cause immediate as well as long-term effects. Listed below are potential effects.



Immediate Effects

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Patient Handout: Why Quit?

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General facts about smoking in regards to special topics like smoking and women, secondhand smoke, and addiction in general.

As restaurants, work places, and other public areas are increasingly becoming smoke-free, it appears that smoking is no longer as popular and acceptable in America today. Every day, people suffer from illnesses caused by the effects of smoking. Others die from the effects of tobacco use. Perhaps the facts presented below will help make you more aware of what consequences surround you or someone you know who smokes. Tobacco users must take steps today in order to avoid becoming part of these statistics in the future.



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Patient Handout: Health Changes Once You Quit Smoking

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Handout describes the lasting health improvements that result from quitting smoking.

Within 20 minutes of your last cigarette:

  • Blood pressure drops to what it was before your last cigarette
  • Temperature of hands and feet rises to normal

Within 8 hours of your last cigarette:

  • Carbon monoxide level drops to normal

Within 24 hours of your last cigarette:

  • Chance of heart attack decreases

Within 2 weeks to 3 months of your last cigarette:

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Smoking Cessation Cycle

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Smoking Cessation Cycle as referenced by Prochaska et al. 1992, 1993; Prochaska and DiClemente 1982

Contented User: A stage of pre-contemplation. No intention of taking action within the next 6 months. May be uninformed or underinformed of health consequences or may have attempted change many times and lost confidence that quitting is possible. Appears unmotivated or resistant to change.

Thinking About Quitting: A stage of contemplation. Intends to change in the next 6 months. Aware of pros and cons of changes. Profound ambivalence or behavioral procrastination can develop as the person balances the pros and cons.

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The NIDA quick screen is an online screening tool for substance abuse filled out by the patient. Based on the patient's responses, it generates a substance involvement score that suggests the level of intervention needed. This is the short, online version of the longer screening tool, the NIDA Modified ASSIST.
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NIDA
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