Mental health disorders

Smoking cessation

(Nicotine dependence)

About Smoking cessation

Tobacco use is the most common preventable cause of death. About half of the people who don't quit smoking will die of smoking-related problems. Quitting smoking is important for your health.Soon after you quit, your circulation begins to improve, and your blood pressure starts to return to normal. Your sense of smell and taste return, and it's easier for you to breathe. In the long term, giving up tobacco can help you live longer. Your risk of getting cancer decreases with each year you stay smoke-free.Quitting is not easy. You may have short-term affects such as weight gain, irritability, and anxiety. Some people try several times before they succeed. There are many ways to quit smoking. Some people stop "cold turkey." Others benefit from step-by-step manuals, counseling, or medicines or products that help reduce nicotine addiction. Your health care provider can help you find the best way for you to quit.NIH: National Cancer Institute

All Medications for Smoking cessation

  • Chantix
    (varenicline)
    Prescription only

    Chantix (varenicline) is a great way to help you quit smoking, but you can run into more problems with it compared to other alternative aids.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Zyban
    (Bupropion)
    Prescription only

    Good for blocking the withdrawal symptoms of quitting smoking. But you need to be okay with avoiding alcohol use and possibly using nicotine replacement.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
  • Wellbutrin
    (Bupropion)
    Prescription only

    Wellbutrin (Bupropion) is good for treating depression and has fewer sexual side effects than other antidepressants, but you need to be okay with avoiding alcohol.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
  • Catapres
    (Clonidine)
    Prescription only

    Catapres (Clonidine) is a good addition if you need more than one medicine to control your blood pressure, but it has a lot of side effects. You can't miss doses.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
    • Patch
  • Pamelor
    (nortriptyline)
    Prescription only

    Pamelor (nortriptyline) is a good option for treating depression, especially for people who also have problems with persistent nerve pain, but may take 6 to 8 weeks to feel the full effects on your mood.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid

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