Before you start the process of giving up we check your medicines to see if any of them might be affected by the change in metabolism that can occur when you stop smoking.
Chemicals in tobacco smoke increase the metabolism of drugs broken down by certain enzymes so that when you stop smoking the blood levels of these drugs may rise to toxic levels.
How can my pharmacist help me?
In addition to increasing your understanding of the physical and psychological effects of nicotine addiction our pharmacist can
- Advise you on the different strategies for managing withdrawal symptoms
- Help you set appropriate goals
- Give advice on nicotine replacement programs (should you wish to use one)
- Regularly record your progress
- Assist in developing a relapse prevention plan
What are the benefits of stopping smoking?
Below is listed some examples of what you can experience after giving up smoking over specific time periods:
5 days Cleaner breath and hair, sense of taste and smell improved
3 months Blood pressure returns to normal, breathing and lung function improves
6 months Further breathing improvements, reduced infections
12 months Risk of coronary heart disease halved
1–5 years Significant reduction in risk of stroke and coronary heart disease
5–10 years Reduced risk of lung cancer and cervical cancer
QUITLINE on 13 7848 for free, ongoing advice and support
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