There are significant health benefits associated with quitting tobacco. Within one year of kicking the habit an individual’s risk of coronary heart disease will cut in half. What’s the magic solution to help you quit successfully?
Studies have shown:
- The use of approved medications for tobacco cessation doubles the likelihood of successfully quitting.
- The effects of medications used for tobacco cessation increase substantially when paired with behavioral intervention.
There are three FDA-approved drugs for smoking cessation: nicotine replacement therapy (gum, patch, lozenge, nasal spray, inhaler), bupropion, and Chantix. Read facts about each of these below.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT):
• Use of NRT products approximately doubles quit rates
• Available in many forms to fit your preferences and lifestyle
• The patch, gum and lozenge are available over-the-counter
• The nasal spray and inhaler are prescription only
Bupropion SR (Zyban):
• Prescription only
• Also an antidepressant; might be beneficial for individuals with depression
• Prescription only, expensive if not covered
• Decent success rate when taken as prescribed and well tolerated
• Has more intolerable side effects than the other agents available
It’s important to consult your physician and/or pharmacist to help you determine the best medication option for you.