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Smoking Cessation - Medication Overview

Through Push Health, you can request a prescription for smoking cessation medications online that will help you quit smoking and get your medication at a local pharmacy or shipped directly to you.

Quit Smoking - Medication Options

The most common non-nicotinic medications in use to help people stop smoking are Chantix, Wellbutrin and Zyban. Chantix consists of a medication known as varenicline while Wellbutrin and Zyban are composed of a medication known as bupropion.

Smoking Cessation - Wellbutrin / Zyban vs. Chantix

Bupropion, sold under the names Wellbutrin and Zyban, is a medication commonly used to help people quit smoking. As a medication class, bupropion is considered a norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitor (NDRI) and also a nicotinic receptor antagonist. Bupropion works by targeting special receptors in the brain and is said to reduce both nicotine cravings and nicotine withdrawal symptoms to help people quit smoking. While used as a smoking cessation medication, bupropion is also commonly used as an antidepressant, especially for the prevention of seasonal affective disorder. Bupropion is taken in a tablet form. Bupropion treatment for smoking cessation can take up to three months but it depends on the judgment of the prescribing medical provider.

Chantix, also known as varenicline, is another non-nicotine medication that is used to treat nicotine addiction and help people stop smoking. Chantix interferes with nicotine receptors in the brain, resulting in diminished symptoms of nicotine withdrawal and less gratification from the act of smoking, making it easier to quit. One meta-analysis of varenicline suggested that it might be up to three times more effective for tobacco cessation when compared to a placebo.

Smoking Cessation - Medication Effectiveness

Smoking cessation medications like Chantix, Wellbutrin and Zyban can help people quit smoking but they do not work for everyone. And, even if one has stopped smoking while taking a smoking cessation medication, individuals may start smoking again if the medication is discontinued.

Quit Smoking Medications - Side Effects

When used as a smoking cessation medication, bupropion (Wellbutrin and Zyban) can cause side effects such as nervousness, insomnia and dry mouth and can increase the risk of having a seizure. Bupropion is preferred by some patients as, in contrast to similar smoking cessation medications, it does not cause significant weight gain or sleepiness. Varenicline (Chantix), another smoking cessation medication, is known to cause nausea and can also cause sleeping problems, headaches, mood disorders, cardiovascular events and stomach pain and discomfort. While safe in many people, all smoking cessation medications can cause serious side effects such as an allergic reaction. Many side effects will go away once the smoking cessation medication is stopped.

Stop Smoking Medications - Online

Because they are prescription medications, one cannot simply buy Chantix, Wellbutrin or Zyban online to help stop smoking. Instead, smoking cessation medications need to be dispensed by a licensed pharmacy online or at a retail pharmacy location after a prescription is written by a medical provider. Through Push Health, you will be connected with a licensed doctor or medical provider in your state who can prescribe medications for you to help you quit smoking if it is safe to do so.

Last updated December 1, 2018. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.

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