is the leading preventable cause of morbidity and mortality in the
United States causing approximately 440,000 deaths annually and
resulting in more than 5.6 million years of potential life lost each
year. The health benefits of quitting smoking are substantial such as
decreasing risk of heart attacks, stroke, lung and other cancers and
chronic lung disease. Despite the enormous health consequences of
smoking and benefits of stopping, 23% of adults in the United States
continue to smoke.
MedStar Primary Care Clinic offers a unique
setting where physicians and other health professionals will assist you
in your journey towards quitting. We provide specific counseling
sessions on how to stop and also different treatment programs or
prescription for smoking cessation medications.
Examples of such prescriptions include:
Nicotine Nasal Spray
Nicotine nasal spray, dispensed from a pump bottle similar
to over-the-counter decongestant sprays, relieves cravings for a cigarette.
The nicotine inhaler consists of a plastic cylinder
containing a cartridge that delivers nicotine when you puff on it. Use the
inhaler when you have a craving for a cigarette. Use no more than 16 cartridges
a day for up to 12 weeks.
Non-Nicotine Pill - Zyban
Bupropion hydrochloride (Zyban) was approved in 1997 to
help smokers quit. The drug, available by prescription only, is also sold as an
antidepressant under the name Wellbutrin.
Chantix - tablets
The newest prescription drug Chantix, Varenicline tartrate,
is only the second nicotine-free smoking-cessation drug to gain FDA approval.
The active ingredient varenicline works in two ways -- by cutting the pleasure
of smoking and reducing the withdrawal symptoms that lead smokers to light up
again and again.