Nicotine Patches and Lozenges

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Giving up smoking is not an easy task but there are many products available to help those who want to quit. Dr. Edward Hill discusses a study that looked at smoking cessation aids in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Smokers who want to kick the habit are more likely to succeed when they use a combination of long-acting and immediate-delivery nicotine-replacement products.

Compared to smokers who did not receive smoking cessation treatments, smokers who combined the patch with immediate-delivery nicotine lozenges were twice as likely to be nonsmokers six months later.

Study participants who used nicotine patches plus nicotine lozenges were also more successful than participants who used either product alone.

The University of Wisconsin study was designed to compare the effectiveness of five smoking-cessation strategies compared to placebo.

Six months after enrolling in the study, 22 percent of the 1,500 participants who received counseling, but no other active medical intervention, had stopped smoking while 40 percent of the participants who used nicotine patches and lozenges had stopped smoking.

The success rate was similar among participants treated with patches alone, lozenges alone, Zyban alone or Zyban plus lozenges.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.