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Smoking and Tobacco

QUITING SMOKING

06/18/1999

Question:

IS THERE A MEDICATION TO HELP PEOPLE STOP SMOKING

Answer:

Yes, there are several medications which have been shown to assist in cessation. One group of medicines is nicotine replacement, available in a patch or gum. Both of these are helpful in stopping smoking, and can be obtained without a prescription. A newer prescription medication is Zyban(the chemical name is bupropion.) This medication also is very helpful, and it can be combined with nicotine replacement. These medications work best when used with a behavioral smoking cessation program. Good luck!

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Response by:

Jerry   Friemoth, MD Jerry Friemoth, MD
Associate Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati