Smokeless Tobacco (cont.)

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What treatments are available to help people quit using chewing tobacco?

Chewing tobacco is an addiction that can be overcome. As with cigarette smoking, various support systems, programs, and even prescription medications are available to help people quit using chewing tobacco. Examples of products available used to wean a person from nicotine addiction from chewing tobacco include:

  • nicotine gum (Nicorette),
  • nicotine patches (Habitrol, Nicoderm CQ, Nicotrol), and
  • lozenges.

Prescription medicines such as bupropion SR (Zyban and Wellbutrin SR) and varenicline tartrate (Chantix) have been effective in some patients that are trying to quit nicotine.

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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/27/2015

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