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Stopping smoking makes more and more of the drug to over-the-counter

People who want to quit smoking, make more and more use of medications, over-the-counter. The prescribing of these drugs between 2012 and 2017, increased by 35 per cent, says the board, for the Evaluation of Medicinal products (COMMITTEE on Thursday.

Even though the number of smokers in the Netherlands is decreasing, the smoke is still more than one out of every five adults. In 2017 and has tried more than one-third of smokers to stop smoking.

General practitioners are advised, in the period examined, more and more smokers are to nicotine replacement drugs to be used. It is an increase of more than 50 percent of the time. His wife and children to suspect, therefore, that in the last few years, more drugs without a prescription, for example, nicotine patches, and gum, are being sold.

Smokers need to include varenicline, bupropion and nortriptyline, the primary care physician. Especially varenicline, which is the effect of a nicotine-mimics, is being increasingly prescribed. Between 2012 and 2017, the number of prescriptions for this drug, with 45 percent of the time. This is because the medication is appropriate for many patients.

Nortriptyline, which is against the mood disorders, it may not, for example, the use by smokers with a heart condition.

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