How to Talk to Your Doctor About Using Medication to Quit

Sunday, November 25, 2012

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It can be helpful to talk to your doctor when you are ready to quit—especially if you are pregnant, thinking about becoming pregnant, or have a serious medical condition. Your doctor can help you connect with the right resources to make your quit attempt work.

Get the conversation started by asking your doctor the following questions:

  • How do quit-smoking medications work?

  • Does she recommend using quit-smoking medications during pregnancy?

  • How could a quit-smoking medication make your quit easier?

  • Are there any risks from using a quit-smoking medication?

  • What kinds of quit-smoking medications are there?

  • What kind of quit-smoking medication would she recommend for you?

  • How often would you have to take the quit-smoking medication?

  • What happens if you take too much or too little of the quit-smoking medication?

  • What else would you have to do other than take the medication to help you quit smoking?

Most doctors can answer your questions, give advice, and suggest medicine to help you succeed. You can buy some of these medicines over the counter. For others, you need a prescription. If you want to learn more about medications before you go to your doctor, check out our Quit Smoking Medication Explorer

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