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Cytisine is an efficacious aid to smoking cessation



Cytisine is a nicotine receptor partial agonist like varenicline. A product containing cytisine, Tabex, has been licensed and used as a smoking cessation aid in some Eastern European countries for more than 40 years but is not available in other countries. Pooled results from 2 randomized controlled trials show a significant increase in long-term abstinence but more studies are needed. Cytisine is currently much less expensive than varenicline.



Etter JF. Cytisine for smoking cessation: a literature review and a meta-analysis. Arch Intern Med. 2006; 166: 1553-1559.

Cahill K, Stevens S, Perera R, Lancaster T. Pharmacological interventions for smoking cessation: an overview and network meta-analysis. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 5. Art. No.: CD009329. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009329.pub2.

Cahill K, Lindson-Hawley N, Thomas KH, Fanshawe TR, Lancaster T. Nicotine receptor partial agonists for smoking cessation. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016 , Issue 5

West R, Zatonski W, Cedzynska M, et al. Placebo-controlled trial of cytisine for smoking cessation. N Engl J Med. 2011; 365(13): 1193-1200.

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