Nicotine Dependence

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"Of all the substances out there that people become addicted to, none has had such a negative effect on people's health than tobacco. More people die each year from tobacco related illnesses (lung and throat cancer, emphysema and chronic bronchitis) than most other causes combined. Click on the graphic to the right (or below if you are on a mobile device) to see the staggering effective of cigarette smoking according to the American Cancer Society.It is very common for patients dealing with substance use disorder (opioids, stimulants, alcohol) to also have nicotine dependence. Treating nicotine dependence usually takes a back seat to other addictions being addressed by medical providers. The medical data is clear - treat both substance abuse and nicotine dependence at the same time, results in long term positive outcomes. We believe it's important to offer options to treat nicotine dependence. There are several medications available to help address nicotine dependence. Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is available in the form of gum, inhalers, and transdermal patches. The use of NRT has consistently proven to help patients abstain from tobacco products. In addition to NRT, two prescription medications: Bupropion (Zyban, Wellbutrin) and Varenicline (Chantix) have been shown to help patients quit smoking when combined with NRT or used along."

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