Using quit smoking products like nicotine gum and patches (also known as Nicotine Replacement Therapy or NRT), and prescription medications can help reduce withdrawal symptoms and can double your chances of quit success. Here are some of the most commonly available and effective quit smoking products.
Alberta Government Interactive Drug Benefit list
For medications like nicotine replacement therapy – search by “nicotine”
For prescription medications – search by generic name ie. “varenicline” or “bupropion”
Government-sponsored supplementary health benefit programs and Low-income health benefits programswhich will include coverage for nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) or prescription medications such as varenicline (Champix) or bupropion (Zyban)
The programs to look at under this area i.e. Non-Group BlueCross, Adult Health Benefit, AISH, and Income support for coverage of these medications.
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. *Prescription varenicline (Champix) and bupropion (Zyban) covered, NRT not included*
*NRT and prescription medication included*
Indigenous Health, Non-Insure Health Benefits (NIHB) program (current as of August 2019)
- The NIHB reimburses plan members (eligible registered First Nations and recognized Inuit) for bupropion, varenicline and NRT (gum, inhaler, lozenge, patch) on an annual basis. Recipients are eligible to receive up to 3 treatment courses of NRT within a 12-month period with quantity limits, which include two courses of NRT patches and one course of NRT products used PRN (i.e. gums, lozenges, inhalers).
- Varenicline is limited to 165 tablets during a one-year period.
- Bupropion is limited to 180 tablets per year.
- NRT: Nicotine gum and lozenges are covered for 945 pieces per year. The NICORETTE® Inhaler is limited to 945 doses per year. Nicotine patches are limited to 140 patches for NICODERM® and 168 patches for Habitrol® per year.