Quitting medications are prescription medications that change the way that nicotine affects you body, which can help to reduce cravings and withdrawal. These medications require a prescription from a doctor, and may be covered through the BC Smoking Cessation Program.
When combined with counselling, using quitting medications (either NRT, Champix or Zyban) can double your chances of quitting smoking successfully.
- How to access free NRT and medications in BCThe B.C. Smoking Cessation Program provides a 12 week supply of free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products or subsidized prescription drugs like Varenicline (Champix) or bupropion (Zyban).
- Varenicline (Champix®)Varenicline is only available by prescription from your doctor. It blocks the effects of nicotine and reduces cravings and withdrawal symptoms. If you start smoking again while taking the medicine, you won't feel as satisfied. This improves your chances of quitting.
- Bupropion SR (Zyban®)Bupropion is only available by prescription from your doctor. It can help balance chemicals in your brain to reduce your withdrawal symptoms.