119. Treatment Recommendations: Medications (Continued)

Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update
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Coding rules for medication duration and dose

Medication Coding Meaning
Nicotine Patch Usual duration 6-14 weeks
  Long duration > 14 weeks
  Usual dose/day 15mg/16 hours/day
21mg/24 hours/day
  High dose > 25 mg/day
Nicotine Gum Usual duration 6-14 weeks
  Long duration > 14 weeks

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Page last reviewed October 2014
Internet Citation: 119. Treatment Recommendations: Medications (Continued). October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/clinicians-providers/guidelines-recommendations/tobacco/clinicians/presentations/2008update-full/slide119.html