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)
Put the patch on your skin and it will give you nicotine for up to 24 hours
Chew and hold the gum between your teeth and cheek and it will give you nicotine for up to 30 minutes
Let the lozenge melt between your teeth and cheek and it will give you nicotine for up to 30 minutes
Use this small tube to breathe in nicotine like you would from a cigarette
Spray this into your nose without sniffing to put nicotine into your body quickly
Medications with NO Nicotine*
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.