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No Difference Found in Effectiveness of Commonly Used Smoking Cessation Medications

A study published yesterday in the Journal of American Medical Association has found no significant differences in the smoking abstinence rates of people who were treated with nicotine patch, varenicline, or a combination nicotine patch/lozenges therapy for 12 weeks. According to the authors, “The results raise questions about the current relative effectiveness of intense smoking cessation pharmacotherapies.”The FDA first added a black box warning to varenicline in 2009 after evidence suggested the medication may increase the risk of depression and suicidal thoughts. While recent evidence suggests that the medication can...

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Published By: Psychiatric News - Wednesday, 27 January, 2016

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