Which Quit Smoking Medicine is Right for You?

There are seven medicines approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help you quit. They work in different ways. All have been shown to be safe and effective for adults who smoke cigarettes.

There are also new ways to use them that can help them work even better. For example, you can use some medicines together, or you can work with a coach or counselor to help you get the most out of using medicine. You may be able to get quit-smoking medicines for free or reduced cost.

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Certain medicines may not be right for some people with serious medical conditions. You can learn more about precautions and side-effects by clicking the above boxes, and on the links to webpages with information from the FDA for each medicine provided. Check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider if you have problems you think might be because of a medicine you are taking. If you start feeling down or depressed, it is especially important to talk to them right away. Some symptoms you experience when you quit smoking may be due to withdrawing from the nicotine in cigarettes, not from the quit-smoking medicine.

The quit-smoking medicines talked about on this website are approved by the FDA for adults to use to quit cigarettes. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or younger than 18, you should not use these medicines without talking to your doctor. If you use tobacco products other than cigarettes (such as cigars, chew, snuff, hookah, or e-cigarettes), talk to your doctor or other healthcare provider, or call the quitline (1-800-QUIT-NOW) to get help with quitting. All the ways to use medicines presented here are reviewed in Smoking Cessation: A Report of the Surgeon General (Chapter 6). Some of the ways have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA.

It is a good idea to check in with your doctor, healthcare provider, pharmacist, or quitline for help quitting and to get more advice about quit-smoking medicines.

Possible side effects for each medicine are based on Table 6.2 of the 2020 Surgeon General Report on Smoking Cessation (Chapter 6).