Do Stop Smoking Shots sound like a miracle cure? Have you ever said, “If they could only come up with a shot that could make me quit, then I could finally do it.”
The fact is, there are no miracle cures for Nicotine addiction, but there are some methods that have shown great promise to finally help smokers kick the addiction.
First of all, if anyone ever advertises a 100% success rate, that’s your first clue to put your money back in your pocket. Secondly, if a program doesn’t specialize in treating Nicotine addiction, then they probably don’t know a lot about helping you succeed. Sure, doctors know that smoking is bad for you and they know how to write a prescription, but quitting smoking is more than just taking a shot or a pill.
You’ve probably seen lots of advertisements on the web for stop smoking shots. You may have even heard ads on radio or TV if there is a clinic that offers that shots in your area. Before you decide to take a shot to quit smoking, you need to have all your questions answered.
- Is a Stop Smoking Shot right for you?
- Are they safe?
- How many shots do I have to have?
- I hate needles. Do the shots hurt?
- Do the shots really work?
- What’s different about each one?
- Is the Stop Smoking Shot the same as a vaccine?
- Will the Shot work for me?
There are a number of things to consider when deciding if the Shot if right for you. Legitimate programs perform medical testing to determine if you are a good candidate for the shot. At the very least, a clinic should do an EKG, a PFT and check your blood pressure. A medical professional will then determine if you meet the criteria for treatment. There are certain conditions and medications that will prevent you from taking the Shot. Be sure to disclose your complete medical history when you fill out forms prior to treatment. In addition to the medical determination of your physical condition, you should also ask yourself if you are really ready to quit. The shot is not right for you if you are not ready to quit smoking. If you have any medical concerns, it’s important to discuss them with the treating physician and also with your primary care physician prior to treatment.
Most experts will agree that the Stop Smoking Shots are safe when given by licensed and trained medical professionals. All of the medications used by licensed clinics are FDA approved medications and are used in dosages considered to be safe. Although the Shot itself is not FDA approved for smoking cessation, it is used in an “off label” manor similar to aspirin being prescribed for prevention of heart attacks. The medications used in the shots have been in use by physicians for many years for other treatments. It is the specific combination of medications that makes these shots so effective for smoking cessation.
The majority of clinics that administer the Stop Smoking Shot offer it as a one time treatment. There’s no tapering down or weaning process. You actually quit the day you have the shot. There are usually three shots given during one visit to the clinic. The treatment generally calls for one shot in the arm or buttocks and the one shot with a tiny needle under the skin behind each ear. Follow-up medication is prescribed to be taken for two weeks after the shot to continue the blocking effect.
Most people hate shots and sometimes even the sight of a needle can make them queasy. The Stop Smoking Shot should not be a painful experience. As adults, we know that sometimes shots are necessary to bring us back to good health. We just have to put our grown-up attitudes on and deal with it if it’s for our own good. Besides, the formula for most of the shots has a numbing ingredient in it so that you won’t feel anything more than a little sting. If shots make you nervous, ask if the one you’re considering contains this ingredient.
The original Stop Smoking Shot has been around for over 20 years. It was developed in the 1980’s to help people quit smoking. It is a combination of Atropine and Scopolamine, among other things, and is highly effective when administered for smoking cessation. Of course, there is no medicine on earth that can make you stop smoking. The Shot blocks certain receptors in the body so that you have no physical need for more Nicotine. The net effect is that your body doesn’t know that you haven’t smoked. There have been no recent clinical trials to prove success rates but one national chain of clinics called Welplex sites its tremendous success rates from frequent patient surveys. According to an Atlanta Clinic where over 10,000 patients have been treated with the shot, most patients are extremely successful. Even patients who return for a second treatment acknowledge that the shot was a successful method for quitting and that bad behavior was the cause for the relapse.
If you look on the web, you may find several listing for clinics in your area that administer the Stop Smoking Shot. Beware! These clinics are not all the same. The differences in these clinics may be the keys to your success or failure with the program. First of all, look at the medications in the shot. The original and most successful program uses Atropine, an anticholinergic, as an ingredient in the shot. Some copycat programs use an antihistamine called Atarax which has anticholinergic properties. These drugs are not the same and generally will have different results. Ask which combination of medications is being used at the clinic that you’re considering. Medications are not the only difference to look for when choosing a clinic. Choose a clinic that offers a multi-pronged approach to treatment. Smoking cessation is most successful when treated as a process. That means that not only should the physical addiction be addressed, but the emotional and psychological components of addiction must also be dealt with. If a clinic does not provide one-on-one counseling and behavior modification therapy as well as on-going availability and support by experienced counselors, your chances of success are greatly diminished. Make sure you choose a clinic with an established program before you spend your money.
The Stop Smoking Shot and the stop smoking vaccine are not the same thing. You may occasionally read articles that mistakenly refer to the vaccine as the stop smoking shot. The vaccine is not currently available in the United States but is scheduled to go into clinical trials. It is a medication developed by a Swiss company to form Nicotine antibodies and make Nicotine less desirable for smokers. It is also being studied to help smokers who have already quit maintain their success. It seems that this treatment will require multiple injections over a long period of time to achieve the desired effect. The biggest concern with this treatment is the same as with the stop smoking pill. Without effective and on-going support and counseling for behavior modification, success rates are probably going to be excessively low.
Will the Stop Smoking Shot work for you? That all depends on you. Make sure that you’re ready to quit. Then, do your research. Check out the clinic and treatment program that offers the shot. Ask questions. You are the only person that can make you not smoke. Quitting smoking is hard, but with the right medicine, professional counseling and support, and commitment, you can succeed.
The Stop Smoking Shot is your best shot at being a permanent quitter. A healthier life begins the day you decide to quit smoking and then do something about it. Find a program today and start the process.