Benefit of varenicline in pregnancy 'likely outweighs harm'

Study findings are inconsistent with expert advice that NRT be given preference, researchers say

Varenicline could be a better option than nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) for pregnant women who want to quit smoking, as it is associated with a reduced risk of preterm birth and other poor outcomes, Australian researchers say.

Pregnant woman quits smoking

Their conclusion is based on an eight-year population-based cohort study of 98,000 pregnant smokers in NSW and WA,  including 1057 who used varenicline, 330 who used NRT and 233 who used bupropion.

The NHMRC-funded Smoking MUMS Study found that women

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