Arizona Smokers’ Helpline

Medications to Help You Quit Smoking

There are many medications available to help you stop smoking, including smoking cessation drugs and Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRTs). These quit-smoking aids can help you deal with nicotine withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Some require a prescription, while others do not, but all work best with support—whether from a medical professional or from a Quit Coach.

Free or reduced-cost medicines and NRTs are available to most people who sign up for Quit Coaching

NRTs and the quit smoking medications work best when used as part of a quit smoking program.

Smoking Cessation Medications

Chantix™ (Varenicline)

  • Does not contain nicotine
  • Reduces nicotine cravings
  • Requires a prescription

Chantix is the newest medication on the market to help you quit smoking. The chemicals in the drug specifically target nicotine receptors in your brain and help reduce your craving for nicotine. It works best when used as part of a quit smoking program because changing your smoking behavior is an important part of quitting.

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Zyban® (Bupropion)

  • Does not contain nicotine
  • Requires a prescription

For many people, Zyban cuts down on some of the big craving and withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, anxiety, trouble concentrating, restlessness and depression. It’s a prescription medicine that does not contain nicotine.

Zyban was originally developed as an anti-depressant, but it was found to help reduce the desire to smoke. Research supports this conclusion.

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Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRTs)

  • Contain nicotine
  • Most do not require a prescription

NRTs help people deal with the cravings and withdrawals that come with quitting tobacco. It’s always best to consult with your doctor before starting an NRT.

Nicotine gum, patch, nasal spray, inhaler and lozenge are all NRTs that are approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

While the patches, gum, and lozenges can be purchased over the counter, the inhaler and nasal spray require a prescription from your health care provider

Nicotine Gum Details

Nicotine Patch Details

Nicotine Inhaler Details

Nicotine Lozenge Details

About E-Cigarettes

  • May contain nicotine
  • It is not an FDA approved medication for quitting tobacco

E-cigarettes are part of a category of tobacco products known as Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS). Under a new law that went into effect on August 8, 2016, the FDA now regulates ENDS. As part of the law, any e-cigarette or other ENDS product that claims to help people quit smoking must demonstrate its effectiveness through clinical trials.

The FDA has not released an opinion on using ENDS to quit smoking, but has acknowledged that e-cigarettes contain toxic ingredients that can harm your health.

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AHCCCS Health Plans

The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) is Arizona’s Medicaid agency that offers health plans to qualifying Arizona residents.

If you have an AHCCCS plan, you can get up to 12-weeks of quit tobacco medications, two times a year.

Here’s how to get your medication:

  1. Get a prescription from your doctor.
  2. Fill your prescription at a pharmacy and bring your AHCCCS card.

Call ASHLine for free quit coaching and assistance on how you can get your quit tobacco medication through your AHCCCS insurance at 1-800-55-66-222.

Call 1-800-55-66-222 to get started.

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