Around 10 million people in the UK smoke cigarettes and two thirds of those would like to quit.¹
Malpas Pharmacy stop smoking services provide patients, who are committed to quitting with regular support and motivational counseling alongside the use of Nicotine Replacement Therapy to increase the success of their quit attempt by 4 times compared to going it alone. The service is run by trained professionals face to face in the consultation room.
The pharmacy provides an easy to access setting for many patients at times that are suitable for their busy schedules increasing their success rates.
Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)
The main reason that people smoke is because they are addicted to nicotine.
NRT is a medication that provides you with a low level of nicotine, without the tar, carbon monoxide and other poisonous chemicals present in tobacco smoke.
It can help reduce unpleasant withdrawal effects, such as bad moods and cravings, which may occur when you stop smoking.
Varenicline (brand name Champix) is a medication that works in 2 ways. It reduces cravings for nicotine like NRT, but it also blocks the rewarding and reinforcing effects of smoking.
Evidence suggests it’s the most effective medication for helping people stop smoking.
Bupropion (brand name Zyban) is a medication originally used to treat depression, but it has since been found to help people quit smoking.
It’s not clear exactly how it works, but it’s thought to have an effect on the parts of the brain involved in addictive behaviour.