Medications

Medications

 

  • Medications help with reducing and quitting tobacco (cigarettes, chewing tobacco and snuff).
  • These products help by reducing cravings for nicotine, the addictive drug found in tobacco.
  • They also reduce physical withdrawal symptoms from nicotine, like irritable mood, restlessness and trouble sleeping.
  • You can then focus on the mental side of quitting tobacco.
  • It is best to use medication and counselling together to maximize your chances of quitting tobacco for good.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT):

  • Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) gives your body nicotine, the addictive drug found in tobacco.  These products do not contain the 7000 poisons found in cigarettes, cigarette smoke or chewing tobacco.
  • These products are available in different forms, including: patch, gum, lozenge/candy and inhaler.
  • You can start using nicotine products before your quit day to reduce tobacco use slowly or on your quit day to quit right away.
  • NRT DOUBLES your chances of quitting tobacco for good.

​How To Get Medications:

  • Visit your health centre to talk to a Nurse or Doctor.
    • If your community has a pharmacy, take your prescription to the Pharmacist.  The Pharmacist will then fill it.
    • If your community does not have a pharmacy, your Nurse can fax the prescription to the nearest pharmacy.  The pharmacy will fill your prescription and ship it to your health centre.
  • Talk to one of our quit coaches by phone at 1-866-368-7848, Facebook, email quithelp@gov.nu.ca or live chat.  They can help you decide what product is right for you.
  • Call or visit your pharmacy to discuss your medication options.  Some are available without a prescription.

 

  • Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) and most other health insurance plans cover the cost of quit medication.