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Medication and counselling help teenagers stop smoking

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A combination of the medication bupropion plus counselling helps teenagers stop smoking in the short term, a study has shown.
US research conducted on 312 adolescents were randomly assigned to receive 150 mg or 300 mg of buproprion, or a placebo.

All of those participating received weekly 10-20 minute counselling sessions and were interviewed after 26 weeks to see if they had managed to give up.

After 36 weeks 10.1% of the bupropion group gave up, 3.1% the 150mg bupropion group gave up and 13.9% of the 300mg group were abstaining.

However abstinence rates were lower at the end of the trial than at 12 weeks. Report authors said: ‘These results are critically important because few effective treatment options are available for adolescent smokers who want to quit.’

Archives of Paediatric and Adolescent Medicine (2007) 161:1068-1074
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