Frequently Asked Questions

Which Method to quit smoking is best for me?

The method you decide on is up to you, and you may want to discuss these options with your pharmacist or GP. Whatever method you use, the support of family and friends can be crucial.

Tests, such as the Fagerstrom test, can help determine the severity of your addiction to nicotine, which may affect the method you choose. Bear the following in mind though.

What is nicotine replacement therapy?

Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is the name given to stop-smoking medicines that release nicotine into the bloodstream to help counter cravings and reduce other physical withdrawal symptoms when you quit (nausea, headaches, irritability, dizziness).

NRT can come in many forms such as chewing gum, nasal spray, mouth spray, inhalator, microtabs, lozenges and patches.

Are nicotine based stop smoking treatments addictive?

Nicotine based stop smoking treatments are especially designed to provide a temporary source of therapeutic nicotine at the correct amount of strength required dependant on the amount of cigarettes you previously smoked or the stage you are at of quitting smoking.

Is it true that nicotine causes yellow stains on your finger and teeth?

It is not the nicotine in cigarettes, but the tar that causes the unsightly yellow-brown stains on fingers and teeth.

Will chewing more than one piece of nicotine gum at any one time reduce my cravings anymore?

No each piece of nicotine gum is designed to provide you with the right amount of nicotine to tackle your cravings and withdrawal symptoms effectively. So it is not advised to chew more than one piece of nicotine gum at a time.

What is Champix?

Champix is a prescription-only medicine. Launched in December 2006, the tablets contain the active ingredient varenicline.

Varenicline works by:

  • Stimulating the same receptors in the brain as nicotine. This relieves the craving and withdrawal symptoms that you can get when you stop smoking.
  • Blocking nicotine's action on these receptors. This means you won't get any enjoyable effect from nicotine if you do have a cigarette.

Our Online Doctor may be able to prescribe Champix for you.