Tablets To Help Stop Smoking
PCPdirect online service for the Tablets to Help Stop Smoking
This service has been developed for use by adults wishing to give up smoking but would like to use medication in addition to other forms of support.
Who can use this service?
The service is available to people from aged 18 to 65 years who smoke and would like to give up. Overseas purchasers may be restricted by legislation in their own country.
How the service works
The following information is provided for you to determine whether medication is suitable for you to help give up smoking. Should you consider that this is the case you will then be given options for treatment, this includes links to proprietary products marketed to help give up smoking and the opportunity to participate in an online consultation to see whether the online GP considers medication is appropriate.
If the online GP decides medication is appropriate our service will allow you to purchase a short course which should be sufficient to enable you to give up smoking. The duration of the course available is that recommended by the manufacturer. Patients wishing to take a bespoke course of longer duration should seek advice from their own doctor.
What are the reasons for giving up smoking?
Everyone knows that smoking can be harmful but just how bad is it? Well smoking is the biggest single cause of illness and premature death in the U.K. 120,000 people each year die from smoking related illness, compared to just 5000 people who die from road accidents. So in just one day 312 people will die of a smoking related disease!
It's not too late, even if you have smoked for years you can still benefit from giving up and the longer you give up the better it will become. Giving up for just one day will reduce your chances of a heart attack; give up for a week and you will exercise better; give up for 3 months and your breathing improves. If you give up for 5 years your chances of suffering a heart attack are 50% less than when you smoked.
People suffering any of the following conditions should not use this service but seek advice from their own doctor.
- Elderley (Over 65 years of age)
- Under 18 years of age
- Suffer from any condition which may interact with treatment (see later)
- Suffer from depression which you receive treatment for