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Quitting medications

Find out which options will work best for you.

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.

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Nicotine Patch
Nicotine Gum
Nicotine Lozenges
Nicotine Inhaler
Nicotine Mouth Spray
Varenicline (Champix®)
Bupropion SR (Zyban®)
Indigenous Health, Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program

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.
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