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Pharmacologic Treatments for the Nicotine Dependent Smoker

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Objective: To explore the biology of nicotine addiction and to investigate the latest pharmacological treatments for nicotine dependence. Methods: Explore the research literature for treating nicotine dependence. Results: Nicotine is an additive drug and the most effective methods for treating dependence are nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and bupropion SR. Conclusion: The best available treatments for nicotine dependence are pharmacological adjuncts; specifically, NRT and bupropion SR when combined with behavioral counseling.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Tobacco Research Center, Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, and Professor, Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry, West Virginia University School of Medicine, Morgantown, WV. 2: Tobacco Research Center, and Assistant Research Professor, Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry, West Virginia University School of Medicine, Morgantown, WV.

Publication date: May 1, 2001

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