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2009-07-01 14:59:00

PARSIPPANY, N.J., July 1 - Data published in the journal, Nicotine and Tobacco Research, shows that many U.S. quit attempts are unplanned and can be a successful route to cessation. In the study, almost 40 percent of subjects reported that their most recent quit attempt started without any advance planning, suggesting that for some smokers, setting an advance quit date may not be as necessary as once thought. While a period of planning prior to quitting has long been thought to allow smokers...

2009-07-01 12:40:30

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday it will require a boxed warning for the smoking cessation drugs Chantix and Zyban. The FDA said the boxed warning -- the strongest warning the agency can require -- will appear on the package insert. It will highlight the risk of serious mental health events, including changes in behavior, depressed mood, hostility and suicidal thoughts when taking the drugs. The risk of serious adverse events while taking these products must be...

2009-06-03 12:28:00

TBWA assigned alli and Smoking Control Grey assigned US brands TUMS, Citrucel and FiberChoice PITTSBURGH, June 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (GSK Consumer Healthcare) (NYSE: GSK) has announced advertising agency changes to support growth for global brands. The changes will see GSK Consumer Healthcare partnering with agencies that have comparable market presence to its brands, with a proven ability to roll out world class ideas. TBWA, part of the Omnicom...

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2009-04-30 07:05:00

Preliminary results of a new study suggest that pregnant women who are also substance-dependent and smoke cigarettes may significantly benefit from certain antidepressant drugs. In particular, researchers noted that the antidepressant bupropion "“ commonly known by the brand name Wellbutrin "“ helped women to curb their smoking habits. "We are encouraged by the findings given that both depression and smoking are highly prevalent in pregnant, substance-dependent patients and are...

2009-04-09 09:05:28

Doctors who really want to help their patients kick the habit need to get aggressive. That's the take home message from two studies on smoking cessation. The first involved 750 people who smoked at least 10 cigarettes a day. Researchers randomized the smokers to three groups: one received a nicotine patch or bupropion, a drug to ease withdrawal symptoms; a second received one of the stop smoking aides plus up to two phone calls from counselors trained to help people quit; the third received a...

2009-04-03 16:40:44

Smokers who do not want to quit, but want to cut down, are twice as likely to stop smoking if they use nicotine replacement therapy, British researchers said. The research team at the University of Birmingham, carried out a systematic review of seven randomized controlled trials that compared the outcomes of using nicotine replacement therapy gum or inhalators to placebos. The studies enrolled almost 3,000 smokers who were given nicotine replacement therapy for 6-18 months. The researchers...

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2009-03-06 10:00:21

The FDA is warning that medication and nicotine patches could burn the skin of patients during an MRI scan. Health experts say patches that release medication slowly through the skin are becoming more popular. Patches can range from providing nicotine to prescription patches that deliver estrogen, pain medication, Alzheimer's or Parkinson's drugs, even an anti-nausea drug for chemotherapy recipients. The Food and Drug Administration reports that more than a quarter of the 60 different drug...

2009-03-05 10:04:51

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says some medicated adhesive patches present a risk to patient safety if worn during magnetic resonance imaging scans. The FDA said the patches that can cause skin burns include both brand name and generic products, as well as patches purchased over the counter without a prescription. The FDA issued a public health advisory on transdermal drug patches after learning a warning was missing on some patches that contain aluminum or other metals in their...

2009-03-03 09:02:53

People with a likely history of depression who take varenicline (Chantix®) do not report more severe mood symptoms, medication side effects, or less success quitting smoking compared to people with no history of depression taking this drug.  The findings by Group Health, Free & Clear, and SRI International researchers are reported in a Journal of General Internal Medicine article published online (www.springerlink.com/content/77207452k3822r3v/). The National Cancer...

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2009-03-02 16:54:27

A popular smoking cessation drug dramatically reduced the amount a heavy drinker will consume, a new Yale School of Medicine study has found. Heavy-drinking smokers in a laboratory setting were much less likely to drink after taking the drug varenicline compared to those taking a placebo, according to a study published online in the journal Biological Psychiatry. The group taking varenicline, sold as a stop-smoking aid under the name Chantix, reported feeling fewer cravings for alcohol and...


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