If you’ve tried to quit smoking before without success, medications may help. One way the medicines help people quit smoking is by helping to ease the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. For instance, varenicline binds with the receptors in the brain that are linked with nicotine craving, helping ease nicotine withdrawal.
If you’ve thought about quitting or tried to quit before, don’t give up. It often takes several tries before you stay quit for good. Medicines may help.
When you’re ready to quit, talk with your health care provider about medication and other techniques that might help. You may also need a support group and counseling to help you quit. Visit the website of the National Cancer Institute or the American Cancer Society for additional help and information.