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Combining treatments can help men quit smoking: Study

Written by: QMI Agency
 

Jun. 17, 2014

Men who are highly addicted to nicotine can improve their chances of quitting smoking by combining two cessation therapies, a new study says.(Fotolia)


 

Men who are highly addicted to nicotine can improve their chances of quitting smoking by combining two cessation therapies, a new study says.

Researchers at Duke Medicine studied 349 adults who reported smoking 10 or more cigarettes a day.

All participants were monitored for a week after being given a nicotine patch. During that time, 222 participants were unable to cut their smoking by 50%.

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Those participants who failed were randomly assigned 12-week treatments of either varenicline and a placebo or a combination of varenicline and bupropion.

"Highly dependent male smokers had a boost in quit rates from 14% on varenicline alone to 61% with the combination treatment, which is a dramatic increase," lead author Jed Rose said in a press release.

The study, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, didn't find the same outcome with female smokers or those with lower nicotine dependence.

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