Medications can double your chances of quitting for good. Using quit smoking medications doesn't mean you aren't strong enough to quit on your own. Using medication can strengthen your determination to quit and shows you are committed to quitting for yourself and others.
Some insurance plans cover quit smoking medications. Check your insurance plan to learn if you are eligible for coverage.
The most commonly used quit smoking medications are nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). But NRT is only one type of medication that can help with withdrawal and reduce your urge to smoke. Others include:
Bupropion SR is a medicine that contains no nicotine. You need a prescription to get this medicine. It may help with withdrawal and reduce the urge to smoke. Some people have side effects when using bupropion SR pills. Side effects can include dry mouth and not being able to sleep. Ask your doctor‚ dentist‚ or pharmacist if this medicine is right for you. Make sure to use it the way your doctor prescribes it. This medicine may not be right for:
- Pregnant women
- People who have seizures
- People who have eating disorders
- Heavy drinkers
You may have heard about a recall of varenicline. If you are currently using varenicline and have concerns, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about what is best for you. Visit FDA’s webpage for more information about the recall.
Varenicline is a medicine that contains no nicotine. You need a prescription to get this medicine. This drug may help you quit by easing withdrawal symptoms and blocking the effects of nicotine from cigarettes if you start smoking again. Side effects can include stomach issues, like nausea, and vivid dreams. There have been rare reports of mood swings‚ depression, and suicidal thoughts. If these happen, contact your doctor right away. Ask your doctor‚ dentist‚ or pharmacist if this medicine is right for you. Make sure to use it the way your doctor prescribes it. This medicine may not be right for:
- People with kidney problems
- Women who are pregnant‚ plan to become pregnant‚ or are breast-feeding
While quit smoking medications can help, they won't do all the work. To give yourself the best chance for success, you can combine medication with other quit methods.