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Brian3

Welcome to the Quit Medication & NRT Forum

February 2, 2018
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Feeling confused about which stop smoking products are right for you. Not sure how to use these products properly to get the best outcomes. Worried about side effects.

My name is Brian and I am your moderator. I am here to provide you with the information that you need to make a decision on which product is right for you. Regular members will provide you with their own personal experiences and provide additional assistance and support. Please follow our simple guidelines to ensure a positive experience for all our participants.

Brian (AlbertaQuits)


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    Quit 111 days ago
    4 months ago #

    Hi Brian, Wondering how to apply for a Blue Cross card to have access to NRT products? Thanks!

    • Brian3
      4 months ago #

      Hi PeterN, to be eligible for the Blue Cross card you must participate in the QuitCore Program.

      QuitCore is a FREE group support program that provides Albertans (18+) with the tools and skills they need to quit using tobacco for good. The program consists of six 90-minute sessions over a period of up to nine weeks at various locations around the province. Join a group in your community and make new friends, share your stories and celebrate milestones together.

      Information on how to register and for locations of the group are located under the Quitting Smoking Section. Navigate to Groups for how to register. Navigate to Support Groups for locations across the province.

      Brian (AlbertaQuits)

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        Quit 111 days ago
        4 months ago #

        Thank you for the info! Is the an option for 1 on 1 follow ups, I am not very comfortable with group sessions and I am confident will succeed without them, im just not in a finacial position to afford NRT products.

        • Brian3
          4 months ago #

          Hi PeterN, unfortunately we only offer the group. Here is additional info for you.

          For individuals who do not have group benefits this will give you access to information about programs through which people will have medication coverage if they meet the program criteria.

          Alberta Government Interactive Drug Benefit list: https://www.ab.bluecross.ca/dbl/publications.html

          For medications like nicotine replacement therapy – search by “nicotine” For prescription medications – search by generic name ie. “varenicline” or “bupropion”

          This gives the list of what Alberta Government programs provide coverage to NRT, Champix, or Zyban as part of the common Alberta Drug Benefit list: http://www.health.alberta.ca/services/benefits-supplementary.html

          The Government-sponsored supplementary health benefit programs and Low-income health benefits programs.

          The programs to look at i.e. Non-Group BlueCross, Adult Health Benefit, AISH, Income support for coverage of these medications. Note Nicotine replacement therapy has a cap of $500 dollars in a lifetime.

          Non-Group BlueCross – this is available to individuals with an Alberta personal health care number and can be set-up for individuals, or families, a monthly premium does apply and is calculated based on the number of individuals covered: http://www.health.alberta.ca/services/drugs-non-group.html

          Low income includes: AISH, Income Support, or Adult Health Benefit

          Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped: https://www.alberta.ca/aish.aspx Income Support: http://www.humanservices.alberta.ca/financial-support/689.html Adult Health Benefit: http://www.humanservices.alberta.ca/financial-support/2085.html

          Check out the links and see if anything applies to you. Brian (AlbertaQuits)

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    Quit 111 days ago
    4 months ago #

    Perfect, thanks very much for your help!

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    Phoenix.Harrison
    Quit 47 days ago
    2 months ago #

    I am worried about the possibility of suicidal ideation from Champix and the Zyban didn't work in the slightest -- what would you recommend? The lozenges and gum make it feel like my throat is closing and the patch doesn't stay on (I get some kind of skin reaction which makes me sweat and it falls off). Any suggestions?

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