Quitting Programs prescribing Chantix, the First Nicotine-free Anti-Smoking Drug
November 10, 2006
Smoking cessation programs are prescribing the FDA approved medicine Chantix to help their patients control their nicotine cravings.
ThedaCare's tobacco cessation educator Lisa Zaddack says that they are now able to help more people who wish to quit smoking successfully because they are combining cognitive behavioral therapies with medications like Chantix.
People are found very satisfied with Chantix as this medicine works on the nicotine receptors, on the brain and smokers do not feel the urge to smoke after taking Chantix.
Shawn Boogaard, health educator/counselor with UW Health says that anyone who wishes to quit has great chance of success at this point of time. As the numbers of hot lines, support groups, one-on-one counseling programs, even websites providing quit smoking support are growing and working to help people quit smoking.
Mr. Boogaard is very hopeful about Chantix, the first non-nicotine replacement therapy, which have already helped a few people with their nicotine addiction in his institute.
According to Zaddack, going cold turkey is a difficult way to quit and very often not successful. But when a smoker combines professional assistance with the FDA-approved smoking cessation medications like Chantix, they really acquire success. This mode of treatment has helped a lot of people stay quit for good.
ThedaCare's Tobacco-Free Program is open to the public who offer free telephone counseling. Patients are equipped with information on options for nicotine replacements and useful FDA approved medications and counseling.
Smokers who wish to quit but have history of failures do not have to worry, as now more practical programs and effective medications like Chantix are coming up to ensure smoking cessation success.