Dr. Sharon Orrange - May 30, 2017
Impaired sleep (insomnia) is a major complaint from patients in my practice, with huge personal and economic costs. When it comes to treatments for either difficulty going to sleep or staying asleep, looking for an easily reversible cause is the first step.
One of the first places to look: many drugs may affect the quality and duration of sleep. These 18 meds have been shown in studies to do just that. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - April 05, 2016
A recent study made headlines reporting that quitting smoking abruptly has a better quit rate than using a gradual approach. This wasn’t news to many doctors—the “cutting-down” approach has never seemed to work as well as quitting cold turkey.
Well, what else do we know?
- First—smokers who quit abruptly are more likely to keep from using from tobacco than those who use a gradual cessation method. Cold turkey is your best bet for quitting, 8 weeks later, those who quit cold turkey remain abstinent at higher rates than those who try “cutting-down. See More
The GoodRx Pharmacist - November 19, 2014
Each year, the Great American Smokeout takes place on the third Thursday of November, sponsored by The American Cancer Society. This year’s Smokeout is on November 20, 2014!
The first Great American Smokeout took place at Union Square in San Francisco, California on November 16, 1977 and it has successfully continued for 39 years and counting.
The goal is to encourage tobacco users to think about kicking their habit—whether it’s cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or other forms of tobacco—for 24 hours. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - May 05, 2014
For a long time, treatment of tobacco dependence centered on two nicotine replacement systems: nicotine gum and patches. Now there are more effective products available, which have added to falling smoking rates seen in much of the U.S. The idea of clean nicotine delivery systems that satisfy nicotine craving and promote smoking cessation is attractive for sure.
Dr. Sharon Orrange - December 26, 2012
Chantix (varenicline) is a nicotine agonist used to help quit smoking. Chantix is effective because it provides some nicotine effects to help with withdrawal symptoms while also blocking the effects of nicotine if the smoker relapses. Most other smoking cessation treatments either try to replace nicotine or mimic the effects of nicotine by inhibiting dopamine reuptake. Chantix was found to be more effective than nothing (placebo) and more effective than Zyban (bupropion sr, Buproban – with the same active ingredient as Wellbutrin) for quitting tobacco. See More