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How long will I need medication for smoking addiction?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Medication use for smoking addiction relief is very individualized.  I personally prescribe it for 6 months, both the bupropion pill commonly, and nicotine patches, with a decreased dosage of each at 2 months, and again at 4 months.  Many other people prescribe these for just 1 or 2 months, but I find longer long-term success rate if we do these things, plus walking 30 minutes a day, plus a support group for at least 6 months.  The walking 30 minutes a day is a key component of it too.

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