Are you having back pain with any of the following?
We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.
We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.
Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.
If you smoke or use tobacco products, quitting is the best thing you can do for your health and the health of your loved ones. Good planning, support, and the latest quit tobacco medications can help you succeed.
Quit tobacco medications are drugs that help people quit smoking. They can ease the cravings and other symptoms you might feel as your body withdraws from nicotine, the addictive drug in cigarettes and other tobacco products. This allows you to focus on your other strategies for living life without tobacco. People who use quit tobacco medications are twice as successful at becoming smoke-free as people who don't.
There are two main types of quit tobacco medications: those that contain nicotine (such as the nicotine patch or nicotine gum) and those that contain other kinds of substances (such as the antidepressant medication called Bupropion).
Both types have been proven to increase chances of successfully quitting, and studies have shown that using more than one type of medication at one time may bring even more success.
There may be reasons not to use quit smoking medications. If you don't smoke every day or if you smoke fewer than 5 cigarettes per day, these medications are probably not going to help you quit.
Some quit tobacco medications might not be right for you if you're pregnant, breastfeeding a baby, or have health conditions that make any individual medication a poor choice.
Some quit smoking medications contain nicotine (the addictive part of tobacco) without all the other dangerous chemicals in tobacco smoke. Surprisingly, using this safer form of nicotine can actually help wean you off the nicotine in tobacco. This type of medicine is called nicotine replacement therapy, or NRT. There are two main categories of NRT:
Depending on how much tobacco you typically use, we may recommend that you use two types of nicotine replacement therapy at the same time. Using the long-acting nicotine patch will give you a steady supply of relief all day long, but there may still be times when you have breakthrough cravings for nicotine or experience other symptoms of withdrawal. When this happens, we recommend you use a fast-acting method like gum or a lozenge. This can help you deal with periods of intense cravings without using tobacco.
While some quit tobacco medications contain nicotine to manage cravings and withdrawal symptoms, others help manage these symptoms without nicotine. These are called non-nicotine therapy, and they help your body feel normal even without nicotine as you focus on your other strategies for quitting tobacco. Two common non-nicotine medications are
Both can reduce your urge to smoke and ease your withdrawal symptoms by increasing the release of certain brain chemicals.
We've known for a while now that quit tobacco medications can greatly increase your chances of quitting tobacco successfully, especially when they're part of a comprehensive, supportive quit plan.
Newer research shows that many people may get an increased benefit from using the medications in specific combinations. Using these medications as directed and for as long as directed can be an important part of your success in quitting tobacco. In some groups of people, using quit tobacco medications in combination has been shown to triple quit success rates.
Based on the amount of tobacco you use regularly, we may recommend that you use 2, or even 3 types of quit tobacco medications to help you quit.
This may seems like a lot of medication at once, but studies have shown that this combination treatment can triple your chances of quitting successfully.
The idea is that you will be on these medications for a short period, usually about 8 to 12 weeks. We can discuss your experience with these medications and evaluate whether using the medications for a longer period of time might be helpful for you.
If you have an emergency medical condition, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. An emergency medical condition is any of the following: (1) a medical condition that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity (including severe pain) such that you could reasonably expect the absence of immediate medical attention to result in serious jeopardy to your health or body functions or organs; (2) active labor when there isn't enough time for safe transfer to a Plan hospital (or designated hospital) before delivery, or if transfer poses a threat to your (or your unborn child's) health and safety, or (3) a mental disorder that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity such that either you are an immediate danger to yourself or others, or you are not immediately able to provide for, or use, food, shelter, or clothing, due to the mental disorder.
This information is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of specific medical advice or care you receive from your physician or other health care professional. If you have persistent health problems, or if you have additional questions, please consult with your doctor. If you have questions or need more information about your medication, please speak to your pharmacist. Kaiser Permanente does not endorse the medications or products mentioned. Any trade names listed are for easy identification only.