Medications To Help You Quit The Tobacco Habit For Good

Did you know more than two-thirds of tobacco users want to quit completely, they just think they can’t? If you’re a tobacco user, you may know this feeling. For those of you looking to quit, or wanting to help a loved one quit, we’re here to help.

When it comes to nicotine, you probably know it’s a medical problem that can become an addiction. But you may not be aware there are medications that can help you fight the cravings and quit smoking once and for all. Have you been given information about medications to help you quit? If not, let’s close this gap so you can say yes.

When considering this tactic as part of your quitting plan, you have options, including over-the-counter (nicotine replacement therapy) and prescription medications. Discuss both options with your doctor to see which is right for you. Here are a few common medications that successful quitters have used:

On Your Own (Over-the-counter medications)Help of your Doctor (Prescription medications)
Nicotine patchesZyban
Nicotine gumChantix
Nicotine lozengesNicotrol inhaler or nasal spray

Nicotine replacement therapy helps curb tobacco use. It lowers cravings and the urge to use by delivering nicotine without the harmful chemicals and toxins found in tobacco products. For more information, check out our Quit Guide.

So why should you give tobacco cessation medication serious consideration? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that less than 15 percent of people who quit can successfully do so without medication. If you want to turn to other resources to assist you in your journey to quitting, we have a few:

*Please note, for Blue Care Network of Michigan members: Medications, including over-the-counter drugs, are covered at no out-of-pocket costs with a prescription. Quantity limits do apply and select products are subject to plan requirements.

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  1. Maybe more people would quit if insurance covered some of the script. I have severe copd and still smoke. Dr. Gave me a script for chantrix awhile ago but i had to cough up 200.00 dollars to get it. Ins. Didnt cover any of it. Everyone wants me to quit but are not willing to help me quit. Ive been smoking for 47 yrs. And it is hard for me to quit. Ins. Co complain about paying out money for these high perscriptions but if they helped with these scripts to quit maybe people could get off the high priced scripts.

    1. Hi Marva – If you’re a Blue Care Network member with prescription coverage, medications, including over-the-counter drugs, are covered at no out-of-pocket costs with a prescription. Quantity limits do apply and select products are subject to plan requirements. If you have any further questions we can answer, please email us at BCNOnlineCoordinator@bcbsm.com. You can also visit our site, http://www.ahealthiermichigan.org/smoking-cessation if you’re interested in more resources to help you quit smoking. Thank you, Taylar

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