Information & Advice
We have stop-smoking products, pharmacy support, advice, and even a prescription medicine which you can access through an online consultation without the need to visit your doctor. We have both in-store and online options, so you can get the support you need in the way that suits you best.
Boots has a wide range of products, online and in store, to help curb those cravings.
Boots has different types of nicotine replacement therapy products, including gum, patches, nasal sprays and inhalators, so you can choose the type of product that best fits your lifestyle.
We understand you will need a lot of willpower and support. If you prefer to speak to a pharmacist in person then an NHS Stop Smoking Service at Boots could be suitable for you.
NHS Stop Smoking services* vary across the country, but in general they will involve:
*Charges may apply. Available in selected stores.
To find your nearest participating store, please check our store locator.
If you have already tried to quit with nicotine replacement therapy, you may be able to get a prescription medicine from the Boots online Stop Smoking Clinic.
Champix is a prescription medicine to help you give up smoking which you can access via an online consultation from Boots.com without the need to visit your doctor first.
However Champix is not suitable for everyone and you must be aged 18 or over to order it from Boots. Firstly, we will need to assess whether you can take this medication through our online consultation.
The cost of Champix will vary depending on the quantity ordered. As a guide, a usual course of treatment lasts 12 weeks.
|Starter Pack (2 weeks) *||£48.45|
|Four weeks supply||£89.40|
|Eight weeks supply||£171.3|
*On first completing the online consultation, if appropriate, you will be offered the Champix Starter Pack which contains two weeks supply with both 0.5mg and 1mg tablets. On reordering, you will be given the choice of which strength of tablet with which to continue.
When you click to get started, if you are an existing customer you will be asked to log in to your account. If not, you will be asked to register for an account. This only takes a few minutes and you will then be able complete the online consultation and order your treatment.
You will then follow three simple steps:
|Step 1||Step 2||Step 3|
|Complete the online consultation||Choose your treatment quantity, select delivery option and make your payment online.||Collect your treatment from one of our selected Boots pharmacies or have it delivered to you.|
If you are considering taking Champix, here is some more patient information.
The usual course of treatment for Champix is 12 weeks. You need to start taking it one to two weeks before the date you actually want to stop smoking, so that your body can adjust to the treatment.
|Week 1: First three days||Take one 0.5mg tablet each day|
|Week 1: Days four to seven||Take one 0.5mg tablet once in the morning and once in the evening, at about the same time every day|
|Until the end of the treatment which may be 12 or 24 weeks||Take one 1mg tablet twice a day|
If you experience any adverse effects from taking the Champix Starter Pack we can reduce the dosage that you are taking. The second time you order we will ask if you wish to continue on the 1mg tablet or not. Further orders cannot have a different strength.
Champix can cause side effects, although not everyone will experience them.
Reported side effects include:
Other possible side effects include:
Less common side effects include:
You can purchase multiple packs of Champix to cover 12 weeks of treatment. If it has been successful but you feel a longer period of treatment will help you stay off nicotine, then you may be able to continue treatment for a further 12 weeks.
Champix is the only prescription medicine to help you stop smoking that you can get from Boots without going to see your doctor. Zyban is another prescription treatment but you must have a prescription from your doctor to get this from Boots.
If you don't want a prescription medicine or it is not suitable to help you to stop smoking, there are other products you could consider. The Boots health shop has many nicotine replacement products including patches, lozenges and gum, which you may find beneficial.
You can also visit participating Boots stores to find out more about the NHS Stop Smoking Service, to see if this might be suitable to you.
Whatever you decide, we know that giving up smoking is important for your health, so please remember that a Boots pharmacist will always be happy to talk to you and give you any advice and support that you need.
If you already have a prescription you can choose to take it to a Boots pharmacy or you can get it dispensed online.
If you already have a prescription for a smoking cessation treatment you can either take it into your Boots pharmacy, or you can follow three simple steps to get your prescription dispensed online.
Remember that although it may take time, stopping smoking is good for your health. By stopping smoking you are reducing the risk of developing serious illnesses such as certain forms of cancer and heart disease. You've made the first important step by reading this information, so let us work with you to get the help you need. Whatever you decide your Boots pharmacist will be able to help and advise you.
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