UTHealth new process to help pregnant women stop smoking

According to a 2004 report by the CDC, on average, 13 per cent of women continued to smoke during pregnancy. This varies considerably by region, however, with the South are among the highest rates, Stotts said.The drug, bupropion, is known under the trade name Zyban to quit smoking and the antidepressant Wellbutrin in a formula.

The study focused on pregnant women in their second and third trimesters, when the smoke can be very harmful to the fetus, said Angela Stotts, PhD, Associate Professor at the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Medical School UTHealth .

Pregnant women receive counseling or self-help, but they may need something more powerful to stop smoking. Nicotine is one of the hardest substances to quit due to its action in the brain, Stotts said.

In non-pregnant smokers, bupropion has been shown to double the success rate of quitting and is a relatively safe drug, Stotts said. Some obstetricians already during pregnancy, can be ordered for depression.

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It depends on the position, he said. I think in the pockets in which hypnosis has been used by health professionals, doctors are very tolerant, because it works.

A clinical trial to test the safety and efficacy of a drug that could help pregnant women stop smoking women began to register University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston .