Stop Smoking Medications

If you really want to quit smoking, there are several different treatments that are available from pharmacies and shops. Also, there are a few prescription medications to help you cease smoking and reduce the risk of withdrawal symptoms.

The best stop smoking treatment for you will depend on your age, overall health and personal preference. Speak to your GP for proper advice on quitting smoking. Research has found that there are effective methods and medications to help you quit smoking.

You can consider following stop smoking medications:

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)

The chief reason that people smoke is just because they develop nicotine dependency. NRT is a medicine that provides a smoker with a low level of nicotine without carbon monoxide, tar and other toxic elements present in tobacco smoke. NRT can help reduce unwanted withdrawal symptoms caused due to smoking cessation, such as mood swings and cravings.

You can acquire NRT from local or online pharmacies and even from some shops. Some stop smoking pills that are used as a part of NRT are available on prescription from a GP or NHS quit smoking service. NRT is usually available as chewing gums, tablets, lozenges, oral strips, mouth or nasal sprays and skin patches.


Marketed as a brand name Zyban, Bupropion is the most popular medication that has been found to useful when it comes to smoking cessation. Originally, it is used to treat depression. The exact mechanism of Bupropion is idiopathic, but it is presumed to have an effect on certain parts of the brain that are involved in addictive behaviour.

This stop smoking pill is only available on prescription. So, you need to see your GP to get it. Usually, this stop smoking pill is taken once or twice a day. To experience improvement, you need to use it regularly. A course of therapy may usually last around seven to nine weeks.


Varenicline is a therapeutic agent that is marketed under the brand name Champix. It blocks the reinforcing effect of smoking and reduces cravings for nicotine just like NRT. Studies have revealed that Varenicline is the most effective medicine to stop smoking.

This stop smoking pill is available on prescription, so you have to check with your GP first to get it. It is taken once or twice a day and you will start experience improvement within a week. It takes around 12 weeks or more to help you stop smoking.

Pharmacy Outlet, a UK’s registered online pharmacy, deals in OTC stop smoking medications that are used as a part of NRT. However, it does not offer prescription stop smoking medication.


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