Medications and Nicotine Replacement Therapies to Quit Tobacco
Because nicotine is an addictive substance, people often have withdrawal symptoms related to quitting tobacco. Several medications have been developed to help people deal with withdrawals and cravings. Free and reduced-cost nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs) and medication are available for most people who use one of our quit coaches.
NOTE: All medications work best if a person receives some type of support, either from a quit coach or medical professional.
The newest medication on the market to help people quit smoking is Chantix™. The chemicals in Chantix™ specifically target the nicotine receptors in your brain, which help reduce the craving for nicotine. It works best when used as part of a quit smoking program that also helps you change your smoking behavior.
Even though Zyban® was originally developed as an anti-depressant, several people found their desire to smoke also decreased when they used this medication. Research supports this conclusion. Zyban® is a prescription medicine that helps people quit smoking but does not contain nicotine. For many people, it cuts down on cravings and withdrawal symptoms such as: irritability; frustration; anger; anxiety; trouble concentrating; restlessness; and depression.
Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRTs)
NRTs have been developed as one way to help people deal with cravings and withdrawals associated with quitting tobacco. Most of these products do not require a prescription; but when you decide you want to quit and use medications, it is always best to consult with your doctor. Nicotine replacement therapies approved by the Food and Drug Administration include:
For more information on the status of E-Cigarettes in the United States, visit this FAQ page directly from the FDA.