Your Health: Mar. 15, 1999

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BEYOND THE PATCH Still trying to quit smoking? Consider this. A study out last week found that the antidepressant Zyban, taken alone or in combination with a nicotine patch, works about twice as well as the patch alone. Smokers in the study were treated for nine weeks; after a year 16% of those using just the patch were smoke-free, in contrast to 30% who took Zyban and 35% using both. An added benefit of the combo: it can prevent weight gain--at least early on--that often accompanies quitting.

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