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What are prescription antismoking drugs?

Here is a list of often-prescribed antismoking prescription drugs:
  • Bupropion: Bupropion is a long standing prescription antidepressant that also reduces the urge to smoke.
  • Varenicline: Varenicline is a relatively new drug designed to take away the pleasurable sensation that nicotine releases in smokers. It may also reduce withdrawal symptoms.
  • Clonidine and nortriptyline: Clonodine (a high-blood-pressure drug) and nortriptyline (an antidepressant) are back-ups that help some smokers.

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