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Varenicline Eases Withdrawal Symptoms

For smoking cessation, 2 non-nicotine–based medications are available: bupropion and varenicline. Varenicline (Chantix ® ) is a partial nicotinic acetylcholine receptor agonist and was developed specifically for use as a tobacco cessation aid. It provides some nicotine effects to ease withdrawal symptoms, and yet it blocks other effects of nicotine. Dosing: Similar to bupropion, varenicline doses are gradually increased over the course of the first treatment week while the patient more...
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