Tobacco Cessation Products
TRICARE covers tobacco cessation products, including prescriptions and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs.
How can I qualify to get tobacco cessation products?
You don't need to be diagnosed with a tobacco-related illness. To get tobacco cessation products, you must:
- Be age 18 or older
- Not be eligible for Medicare
- Have a prescription from a TRICARE-authorized provider
Where can I get them filled?
You can fill your prescription (at no cost) at military pharmacies and through home delivery.
- If you plan to use a military pharmacy, call first to see if:
- The product is in stock
- You're required to participate in a tobacco cessation program or class
- If overseas, tobacco cessation products are only available to active duty service members and families enrolled in TRICARE Prime Overseas.
- Tobacco cessation products aren't covered at retail pharmacies.
What products are covered?
TRICARE covers the following tobacco cessation products:
- Varenicline tablets (brand name Chantix)
- Bupropion SR tablets (brand name Zyban and generics)
- Nicotine nasal spray (brand name Nicotrol NS)
- Nicotine inhalation (brand name Nicotrol)
- Nicotine transdermal (brand names Nicoderm CQ and Habitrol)
- Nicotine gum (brand names Nicorette, Nicorelief and generics)
- Nicotine lozenge (brand names Nicorette, Commit and generics)
- There is a limit of two quit attempts each year.
- A third quit attempt may be covered in a year with physician justification and preauthorization.
- A quit attempt equals 120 days of the tobacco cessation product. If you also get counseling that overlaps your product use by at least 60 days, it's considered a single quit attempt.