Using Nicotine Replacement Therapy

Below are seven FDA approved medications for quitting smoking. Quit medications work to lower your withdrawal symptoms and make quitting easier. Many insurance plans, such as AHCCCS (also known as Medicaid) will pay for some or all of these medications. Talk to your doctor and coach to see if using these medications is right for you.

 

Medications with Nicotine (Nicotine Replacement Therapy or NRT)

Nicotine Patch:

Put the patch on your skin and it will give you nicotine for up to 24 hours

Nicotine Gum:

Chew and hold the gum between your teeth and cheek and it will give you nicotine for up to 30 minutes

Nicotine Lozenge:

Let the lozenge melt between your teeth and cheek and it will give you nicotine for up to 30 minutes

Nicotine Inhalers*:

Use this small tube to breathe in nicotine like you would from a cigarette

Nicotine Spray*:

Spray this into your nose without sniffing to put nicotine into your body quickly

Medications with NO Nicotine*

Chantix (Varenicline)*:

  • Reduces symptoms of Nicotine withdrawals

  • Blocks dopaminergic stimulation responsible for reinforcement & reward associated with smoking

Wellburin, Zyban (Bupropion)*:

  • Reduces cravings for cigarettes

  • Reduces symptoms of nicotine withdrawal

* These medications will need a prescription from your doctor.


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