HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Studies indicate medication can be an effective therapy for smoking cessation

The drug varenicline shows effectiveness in helping smokers quit and abstain from smoking when compared to placebo and the smoking cessation medication bupropion, according to three studies in the July 5 issue of JAMA.

Although nearly 41 percent of smokers try to quit smoking each year, relapse is common, and only about 10 percent achieve and maintain abstinence. The negative effects of nicotine withdrawal account, in part, for low success rates, according to background information in the article. Approved pharmacotherapies to treat nicotine dependence (e.g., nicotine replacement therapy and bupropion) have had important, but moderate efficacy, with reported rates of quitting generally twice those of placebo. Additional and more effective therapies are needed.

David Gonzales, Ph.D., of Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, and colleagues with the Varenicline Phase 3 Study Group evaluated the efficacy of varenicline compared with placebo and sustained-release (SR) bupropion in generally healthy adult smokers. Varenicline is a non-nicotine drug that is thought to be beneficial for smoking cessation by stimulating the release of the chemical dopamine in the brain to reduce craving and withdrawal while simultaneously blocking the reinforcing effects of smoked nicotine. Most other smoking cessation pharmacotherapies are nicotine replacement products.

Participants in the study were 1,025 smokers (10 cigarettes or more per day) with fewer than 3 months of smoking abstinence in the past year. The randomized, double-blind, phase 3 clinical trial was conducted at 19 U.S. centers from June 2003 to April 2005. Participants were randomly assigned to receive brief counseling plus either varenicline twice per day (n = 352), bupropion SR twice per day (n = 329), or placebo (n = 344) orally for 12 weeks, with 40 weeks of nondrug follow-up.

The carbon monoxideconfirmed 4-week continuous abstinence rate for weeks 9 th
'"/>

Contact: Tamara Hargens
503-494-8231
JAMA and Archives Journals
4-Jul-2006


Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Related medicine news :

1. Studies show antidepressants not linked to birth defects
2. Studies show role of age, gender, race and weight on cancer risk and treatment
3. Studies suggest investigational agent reduces disease activity in MS
4. Studies highlight advances in diagnosis, medical therapy
5. Studies highlight real world use, safety of drug-eluting stents
6. Studies led by Rhode Island Hospital confirm safety and efficacy
7. Studies identify food sources of disease and drug resistance
8. Studies provide new evidence on risks associated with Cox-2 inhibitors and NSAIDs
9. Studies highlight need to monitor heart function in breast cancer patients
10. Studies examine physician disclosure of medical errors
11. Studies evaluating health effects of dental amalgam fillings in children confirm safety

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 2016 , ... EB Medicine presented its first-ever “Issue of ... in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. The awards honor the outstanding work of leading ... and Pediatric Emergency Medicine Practice. , “With this award, we recognize the efforts ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... National recruitment firm Slone Partners ... extensive sequencing and genomics experience, as Vice President of North American Capital Sales at ... responsible for leading the sales team in the commercialization of the HTG EdgeSeq system ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... , ... Finally, a bruise cream that really works. Originally designed to ... the post-surgical treatment plans of a variety of other procedures including, but not limited ... for bruising and causes a rapid resolution of bruising and inflammatory changes compared to ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... SpiritQuest Sedona ... heart of West Sedona, surrounded by famous vortex sites: Cathedral Rock, Airport Mesa, and ... partner properties – the Lodge at Sedona as well as the Sedona Rouge, both ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... ... June 23, 2016 , ... ... and recruiting support, is pleased to announce the promotion of Mike Mackey to ... the Market Manager where he was responsible for managing client projects and overseeing ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... June 24, 2016  Consumers have taken a ... have placed more emphasis on patient outcomes. ... programs in the pharmaceutical industry have evolved beyond ... pharmaceutical companies are focusing on becoming more patient-oriented ... products and services that improve health. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016  Collagen Matrix, ... design, development and manufacturing of collagen and mineral ... announced today that Bill Messer has ... Marketing to further leverage the growing portfolio of ... devices. Bill joins the Collagen Matrix ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. , June 24, 2016 ... GBT ), a biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutics ... significant unmet needs, today announced the closing of ... shares of common stock, at the public offering ... shares in the offering were offered by GBT. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: