Smoking Medication

There are several different methods that can help you quit smoking. You could quit cold turkey, use smoking medication, connect with support groups, or even go through hypnosis. People have found success with all of these methods.

There are two main prescription smoking medications that may be prescribed to help people quit smoking: Zyban and Chantix. Sometimes Zyban is used with nicotine replacement therapy. These medications can only be prescribed by your physician or health care provider, and like all medications, have risks and side effects.

Which works better? One major research study, participants received Chantix, Zyban, or sugar pills (placebo) twice a day for three months. In addition to the pills, patients were also given a booklet on quitting smoking and received brief counseling at each visit. The effectiveness showed that both Zyban and Chantix were more effective than sugar pills, and Chantix was more effective than Zyban:

  • Chantix - 44% quit
  • Zyban - 30% quit
  • Sugar pills - 17% quit

Regardless of which smoking medication is used, their efficacy is improved when combined with other forms of psychological support. Smoking medications are not magic pills, but are simply one more tool to help you meet your commitment to health.

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