Smokers with mental illness were able to stop smoking for long periods with medication and therapy
(dailyRx News) A cigarette habit can be hard to kick, especially for people with serious mental illnesses. Luckily, there’s a medication that might make the quitting process easier.
A recent study found that tobacco smokers with a serious mental illness were significantly more likely to abstain from smoking for long periods of time with regular use of varenicline (brand name Chantix) in conjunction with continual cognitive behavioral therapy, compared to just therapy on its own.
The researchers believe that using medicine plus therapy could help reduce the high level of tobacco dependence among mentally ill patients and thus reduce the health-related problems and death in this population.
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