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MEDICATION Guide

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Most of us can't put our lives on hold just because we're quitting smoking. Quit-medications help us deal with the physical aspect of quitting, i.e., detoxification or withdrawal. They make us less likely to be hampered in our day-today lives by flu-like symptoms and sleep disturbances, or concentration and memory problems, and so on. And since severe withdrawal is the top predictor of relapse, it's no surprise the U.S. Public Health Service considers quit-medication use a high priority for tobacco quitters.

Research consistently shows that quit-meds like the nicotine patch, lozenge, gum, nasal spray, and inhaler, or prescription medications like Chantix and Zyban, can really improve your chances of quitting smoking or smokeless tobacco for good. But which is best for you? Here are your current options.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)
       Introduction to NRT
How NRT works, and why smokers and dippers should consider using it to quit.
Nicotine Patch
Use, effectiveness, and a review of possible side effects.
Nicotine Gum
Use, effectiveness, and a review of possible side effects.
Nicotine Lozenge
Use, effectiveness, and a review of possible side effects.
Nicotine Inhaler
Use, effectiveness, and a review of possible side effects.
Nicotine Nasal Spray
Use, effectiveness and a review of the possible side effects.
Bupropion (aka Zyban® or Wellbutrin SR®)
       Use, warnings and a review of the possible side effects.
Varenicline (aka Chantix®/Champix®)
       Use, warnings and a review of the possible side effects.
For Extra Help in Deciding
       The QuitNet Medication Wizard can help you choose the most effective medication for your quit - based on your personal preferences and history - or to determine whether you should use quit-meds at all.
      


Content author: Alan S. Peters, CTTS-M
Reviewed by: Ann Wendling, MD, MPH, April 2013

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Nicotine Replacement Therapy
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Varenicline (aka Chantix®/Champix®)
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