ZocdocAnswersWhat is the best drug to take to stop smoking?

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What is the best drug to take to stop smoking?

Looking at the patch, chantix

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I am happy to hear your are interested in quitting smoking, as this will have significant health benefits for you. There are multiple different treatments options to help you quit. It is important to know the full details of your medical history in order to know the best option for you. I encourage you to schedule an appointment with a primary care doctor who can help guide your treatment. An affordable and easy to use method for smoking cessation involves nicotine replacement therapy. Options include patches, lozenges, gum, and inhalers. In general, patients experience more success when they combine something that gives them a baseline amount of nicotine (like the patch) with something that allows additional nicotine delivery during cravings (such as the lozenge). There is data to suggest the lozenge is superior to gum. The correct patch dose will depend on how much you smoke, and you will need a primary care doctor to help determine the right dose. Chantix is a popular medication that works well for many people. It can cause severe nightmares and should not be used by patients with severe psychiatric disease. Wellbutrin is an antidepressant which works well for smoking cessation. I encourage you to discuss these options with a primary care doctor.

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