Anxiety can contribute to increased smoking, and may be a smoking withdrawal symptom. Medications to reduce anxiety (anxiolytics) may theoretically help smokers trying to quit. There have not been many trials, and none of them showed strong evidence of an effect on quitting.
Do pharmacotherapies which reduce anxiety help smokers to quit
10 August 2011
This record should be cited as:
Hughes JR, Stead LF, Lancaster T. Anxiolytics for smoking cessation. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2000, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD002849. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD002849
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5 October 2009
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