Medications That Can Help You Stop

Today, smokers don't have to tough it out alone. New medications, some over-the-counter and some prescription, can help take the edge off of nicotine withdrawal.

Quit Tips:

  1. Be sure to check with your insurance carrier to see if stop–smoking medications are covered.
  2. NYS Medicaid will pay for most stop–smoking medications as long as you have a prescription. 
  3. All prescription medications should be used under the supervision of your doctor or health care provider.

Stop–Smoking Medications:

Nicotine Replacement Medications

patch Nicotine Patch     nicotine gum Nicotine Gum      nicotine lozenge Nicotine Lozenge      Nicotine Inhaler Nicotine Inhaler      Nicotine Spray Nicotine Spray

Prescription needed for both, Nicotine Inhaler and Spray.

Non-Nicotine Medications - Prescription Needed

Chantix CHANTIX®      Zyban ZYBAN

Reminder- Prescriptions are needed for the following medications:

  • Nicotine Inhaler
  • Nicotine Spray
  • Chantix
  • Zyban

Attention NYS Medicaid Member
Stop Smoking Medications Cost Coverage

  1. Stop–Smoking medications are covered by your Medicaid Managed Care Health Plan but you will need to call to find out which ones are covered.
  2. Stop–smoking medications include nicotine replacement therapy (patches, gum, lozenge, or inhaler), Zyban or Wellbutrin.
  3. Some Medicaid Managed Care Plans will cover all the costs of the medications and some will require a co-pay.
  4. To find out about stop–smoking medications cost coverage and how to get the medications call your Managed Care Health Plan for details (most phone numbers can be found on the back of your card).  Or, visit, and...

    1. Enter the medication you’re looking for- such as “Nicotine”, "varenicline", or "bupropion".
    2. Select, "All", "Generic" brand, or "Brand" name.
    3. Select your health care plan, or keep all selected.
    4. Click "Begin Look-up"

For more information regarding Medicaid coverage, click here.
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