Treatment Recommendations: Medications (Continued)
Clinical guidelines for prescribing medication for treating tobacco use and dependence (Continued)
|Are there contraindications, warnings, precautions, other concerns, and side effects regarding the first-line medications recommended in this Guideline Update?
||All seven FDA-approved medications have specific contraindications, warnings, precautions, other concerns, and side effects. Please refer to FDA package inserts for this complete information and FDA updates.
|What other factors may influence medication selection?
||Pragmatic factors may also influence selection such as insurance coverage or out of pocket patient costs, likelihood of adherence, dentures when considering the gum, or dermatitis when considering the patch.
|Is a patient's prior experience with a medication relevant?
||Prior successful experience (sustained abstinence with the medication) suggests that the medication may be helpful to the patient in a subsequent quit attempt, especially if the patient found the medication to be tolerable and/or easy to use. However, it is difficult to draw firm conclusions from prior failure with a medication. Some evidence suggests that retreating relapsed smokers with the same medication produces small or no benefit while other evidence suggests that it may be of substantial benefit.
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