23. Medication Recommendation

Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update Overview
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Recommendation: Certain combinations of first-line medications have been shown to be effective smoking cessation treatments. Therefore, clinicians should consider using these combinations of medications with their patients who are willing to quit. Effective combination medications are:

  • Long-term (>14 weeks) nicotine patch + other NRT (gum and spray).
  • The nicotine patch + the nicotine inhaler.
  • The nicotine patch + bupropion SR.

(Strength of Evidence = A)

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Page last reviewed October 2014
Internet Citation: 23. Medication Recommendation. October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/clinicians-providers/guidelines-recommendations/tobacco/clinicians/presentations/2008update-overview/slide23.html