Combining patches, meds effective in quitting smoking

July 8, 2014 8:06 PM

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Combining patches, meds effective in quitting smoking

Researchers found in a study released Tuesday that combining nicotine patches and the prescription medicine varenicline was more effectivein helping participants quit smoking than using varenicline by itself. The study, published in the medical research journal JAMA, found that participants who received active nicotine replacement therapy — or nicotine patches — and varenicline were more likely to abstain from smoking for up to six months.

"We found that in relatively healthy smokers, the odds of achieving successful smoking cessation after 12 and 24 weeks were significantly increased by using a combination of varenicline and nicotine patches compared to varenicline alone," said Coenraad Koegelenberg, the author of the study and a pro...

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