Prescription medications

Prescription medications do not contain nicotine. Instead, they work in the brain to help reduce the desire to smoke and decrease nicotine withdrawal symptoms and cravings.

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Champix® (varenicline) There are 3 different approaches to setting a date to quit smoking (the "quit date") with this medication.
  • fixed quit approach: start treatment with varenicline 1 to 2 weeks before the date you have set to quit smoking.
  • flexible quit approach: start taking varenicline, then set a date to quit smoking between weeks 2 and 5 after the start of treatment.
  • gradual quit approach: start taking varenicline and decrease smoking with a goal to quit smoking by the end of 12 weeks.
Helps to relieve withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
Zyban® (bupropion sustained release) This medication is usually started 1 week before quitting so the medication has time to take effect. Helps to reduce withdrawal symptoms and the urge to smoke. Can use together with NRT.

You need a prescription for this type of medication.

Like any medication, these medications may have side effects. Consult your Pharmacist or Doctor to learn more.

This information is provided for educational information purposes only. It is not designed or intended to constitute medical advice or to be used for diagnosis or to replace your Doctor. Consult your Pharmacist or Doctor to determine the appropriateness of the information for your specific situation. Nicotine Dependency Test tool are copyright MediResource Inc. 1996 – 2018. Terms and conditions of use.

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