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Diagnosis

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Quit Medications

There is a variety of medications available to help you quit smoking. Don't let the cost of quit-smoking medications keep you from using them. It’s important to remember that these medications are proven to double or triple your odds of successfully quitting. Most quit-smoking medications are far less than what you’ll ultimately pay if you continue to smoke.

Consider this: The cost of smoking one pack of cigarettes is about $10 per day, $70 per week, or $3,920 per year. Think of the money you will save over the long term once you quit.

  How It Works Cost per Unit Cost of 12-Week Therapy Possible Side Effects
NRT Patch Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) helps reduce withdrawal symptoms, such as cravings, anxiety, irritability, headaches, and difficulty concentrating. Each form of NRT can be used alone or with others. The type, amount, and length of NRT treatment can be changed to meet your needs. $25-30 $360
  • Headache
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Skin irritation
  • Stomach upset
NRT Inhaler $40 $420-840
  • Headache
  • Mouth/throat irritation
  • Nausea
NRT Gum $32-42 $42-56
  • Mouth soreness
  • Jaw pain
  • Hiccups
  • Nausea
  • Clings to dental work
NRT Lozenge $32-42 $42-56
  • Nausea
  • Heartburn
  • Hiccups
  • Headache
  • Coughing
NRT Mouth Spray    
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Changes to taste
  • Tingling sensation in the mouth
Varenicline (Champix) Varenicline (Champix) Varenicline comes in pill form. It targets the nicotine receptors in your brain, reducing your cravings for nicotine and taking away the satisfaction you get from smoking. Varenicline should be started 8 to 35 days before your quit date. $72 $432
  • Nausea
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Headache
  • Abnormal dreams
  • Constipation
  • Vomiting
  • Gas
  • Altered/depressed mood
  • Allergic reaction (rare)
Bupropion (Zyban) Bupropion is taken in pill form. It helps balance the chemicals in your brain to reduce nicotine cravings and withdrawal. Bupropion should be started at least 7 days before your quit date. $63-90 $175-252
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Anxiety
  • Altered taste
  • Palpitations
  • Shakiness
  • Seizures (rare)