Quitting Smoking for Older Adults
Smoking and Your Medicines
Did you know that smoking can affect how your body processes different medicines? Some drugs don’t work as well or must be given in higher doses if you smoke. When you stop smoking, the levels of some of these medicines in your body may change. If you are taking prescription medications, it might be a good idea to ask your doctor if your medicines need to be adjusted when you quit smoking. It’s important to note that the nicotine in nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is at a level that is unlikely to interact with other medications.
Here is an example of some types of medicines that may be impacted by smoking.
- pain medications
- heart and blood medications
- respiratory medications
- psychiatric medications.
Please keep in mind that this is not a complete list, and we encourage you to talk to your health care provider about any other medicines that may be affected. Health care providers can also be a great source of support for your quit efforts. Let them know if you have any questions or concerns.