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Nicotine patch and lozenge best for smoking cessation

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Nov. 30, 2009

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The most effective smoking cessation treatment is the combined use of a nicotine patch and lozenge, according to findings published in the November Archives of General Psychiatry (link).

A randomized, placebo-controlled trial assigned 1,504 adults who wanted to quit smoking to various treatments: nicotine lozenge, nicotine patch, bupropion, nicotine patch plus nicotine lozenge, and bupropion plus nicotine lozenge or placebo.

Six months after quitting, participants who used the nicotine patch and lozenge displayed the highest smoking cessation rate at 40.1%.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2009/11/30/prbf1130.htm.

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