22 Sep 2011
Chantix is a prescription medication used to help people stop smoking. Unlike many other medications used for this purpose, this medication does not contain nicotine.
The nicotine patch is a nonprescription medication used to help people stop smoking. It helps reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms that occur when people stop smoking cigarettes.
Why should you want to use both in one go? The function/results of either the Nicotine Patch or Chantix is same, the only difference is that one is a non-prescription med & the other is prescribed, besides having different side effects.
Would recommend you choose the one which is most suited to your system, taking to a doc maybe more helpful.
Take care, be well, & wish you the best in your efforts to quit smoking, I was a smoker for over 35 years and quit without any aid of medicines one fine day.
22 Sep 2011
Dear Gypsy... you would be defeating the purpose of taking nicotine if taking it with Chantix. Chantix is a very cool drug and one that has had the greatest effect in helping individuals quit smoking... although it does have some untoward side effects in some people.
Chantix actually attaches to the same receptor sight as nicotine... so, if you take Chantix and then take nicotine the nicotine will have no place to attach, therefore having absolutely no affect at all... you would be wasting your money taking both drugs. Chantix is much more successful than nicotine. They are two completely different drugs.
To understand how drugs work, every drug has a receptor site in the body to which it attaches to be able to create the effect it was designed to create... kind of like a lock and key. For example the key would be the Chantix and the nicotine... and the lock would be the receptor site... if the Chantix, the key, opened the receptor site, the lock, to attach itself... then the nicotine would be not needed because the key, Chantix had already gained access to the lock, the receptor site.
I hope that this helps. Good luck in your quest to stop smoking.
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