Stop Smoking

DOCTOR VISIT

Take Chantix or Zyban prescription medicines to double your chance of success when stopping smoking. Pick up your medicine at a local pharmacy today after an online doctor assessment with Lemonaid.

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Available in AZ, CA, CT, FL, GA, IL, MD, MI, MO, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, VA, and WA. Other states coming soon.

2 Hour Doctor Response
M-F 8AM-5PM PACIFIC TIME, 11AM-8PM EASTERN TIME

How we help

Get Chantix or Zyban stop smoking medicines

We set up Lemonaid to make it simple to get the convenient affordable care you need regardless of insurance. Helping Americans stop smoking is one of the most important things we can do.

Our doctors can give you a 3-month prescription for prescription-only stop smoking medicines without you having to go to a doctor’s office. The medicines we prescribe are more effective than over-the-counter medicines you can buy at a pharmacy. We also recommend free programs that provide support as you try to quit smoking.

https://smokefree.gov/smokefree-text-messaging-programs

https://smokefree.gov/tools-tips/speak-expert

ABOUT STOP SMOKING MEDICINES

About Chantix and Zyban

Chantix and Zyban help reduce nicotine cravings. This can make it easier to quit. Cravings are typically worse in the first week and can last from 3-4 weeks.

The medicines aren’t guaranteed to work but can double your chance of success. Some studies suggest that Chantix is slightly more effective than Zyban. Zyban, though, is about 1/10th the price of Chantix. Chantix and Zyban are more effective than over-the-counter medicines such as nicotine patches, gum and lozenges.

Our doctors prescribe a 3-month supply of your stop smoking medicine.

Guaranteed Doctor Response

2 HOURS

during business hours

UP TO 24 HOURS

outside business hours

NO INSURANCE?

Find the pharmacy with the lowest price for your stop smoking medicine

HOW STOP SMOKING VISITS WORK

A Lemonaid visit only takes a few minutes

Select Chantix or Zyban

Select the stop smoking medicine you want. Both may be covered by insurance, but if you don’t have a health plan then Zyban is way more affordable.

Answer our health questions

Answer our questions that cover your medical history, current medicines and any stop smoking medicines you’ve taken before.

Smile and take a selfie

Our doctors will look at your selfie to confirm your gender and approximate age. You need a camera on your device to take a picture. You can’t upload a photo, you’ll need to take one live.

Select a pharmacy

Choose any pharmacy in your state. We’ll send your prescription to the pharmacy electronically. If you don’t have insurance, make sure you choose a pharmacy that accepts coupon codes from GoodRx.

Pay visit fee

Pay the visit fee to us. At the pharmacy, you’ll pay for the cost of your medicine. If you have insurance, your health plan may cover your stop smoking medicines.

Doctor review

If you’re in a state that requires you to have a video visit, you’ll immediately have a short video visit with one of our friendly doctors. If you don’t need a video visit, we’ll try to review your request within 2 hours during business hours.

Go to pharmacy to pick-up medicines

Wait for one of our doctors to message you that we’ve given you a prescription for Chantix or Zyban. Then go to the pharmacy to pick up and pay for it. Make sure you read the treatment plan we send you before using the medicines.

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TREATMENT & RISKS

Risks and benefits of stop smoking medicines

Stopping smoking can make a positive impact on your overall health. The prescription medicines we prescribe can increase the chances of you stopping for good. If you continue to smoke, you’re at risk of complications from smoking that include heart attack, emphysema, cancer and premature death.

On the flip side, the medicines we prescribe are generally safe but can cause serious side-effects. They can increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior and can cause a severe allergic reaction that can lead to disability and even death. Each medicine has a unique set of side effects.

Before taking any medicine, always read the package insert that comes with your medicine for a full list of side effects and warnings.

Who We Can't Help

Our stop smoking service isn’t right for everybody

If any of the following apply, it’s in your best interest to see a doctor in person rather than use our stop smoking service.

  • You’re under 18
  • You’re pregnant or possibly pregnant
  • You're breastfeeding
  • You're suicidal or have uncontrolled depression
  • You want to stop chewing tobacco
  • You have uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • You have uncontrolled heart disease or angina
  • You have HIV
  • You want a prescription for nicotine inhaler or nicotine nasal spray
  • You want to take prescription medicine to stop smoking for longer than 3 months

GOT A QUESTION? GIVE US A CALL.

415 926 5818
M-F 8AM-5PM PT, 11AM-8PM ET

We're based in San Francisco. You can call us or hit us with questions on instant chat during business hours. You can send us a secure message through your Lemonaid account any time.

Email medical records

If you have a primary care provider, it’s important to keep them informed.

Go to your account to email a summary of the care we provide so you can share this information with your doctors. Or, contact us if you want us to send the summary of your care to your doctors. It's important that we're part of your overall care, not separated from it.

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Meet our medical team

Our medical team has a mission to provide great care at a price you can afford.

Our doctors are licensed in the states where we operate.

DAVIS LIU, MD

Chief Clinical Officer

Davis Liu, MD is a board certified family physician, patient advocate, physician leader, blogger, and the author of two books, including The Thrifty Patient – Vital Insider Tips for Saving Money and Staying Healthy. He’s passionate about making healthcare more convenient, personalized, and affordable. Prior to joining, Dr. Liu was a practicing primary-care doctor for fifteen years at Kaiser Permanente in Roseville, California. He also served on the Permanente Medical Group (TPMG) Board of Directors as Vice Chair of the Finance and Audit committee and the Governance committee. Dr. Liu graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

Matt Walvick, DO

Physician

Dr. Matthew Walvick, D.O. is a board certified Internal Medicine physician. He completed his undergraduate education at UCLA. He received his medical degree from Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Vallejo, California. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at UCSF's Fresno Medical Education Program. Prior to joining Lemonaid Health, Dr. Walvick was a practicing primary care physician at John Muir Health and then doing house calls with the start-up Heal. Dr. Walvick is excited to be a part of the Lemonaid Health team making healthcare refreshingly simple.

Vijay Bhat, MD

Physician

Vijay Bhat, MD is a board certified internal medicine physician who is passionate about providing quality medical care that’s affordable for patients. He believes that integrating technology and medicine can make healthcare efficient and more accessible. Throughout his training Dr. Bhat was involved with global health initiatives, providing care to underprivileged communities locally and overseas. He’s also been a strong proponent of quality improvement in the medical field. Dr. Bhat graduated with a BS from the University of California Berkeley, and received his medical degree from Stony Brook University in New York. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson.

Jenna Polsky

Patient Advocate

Jenna finds working with and helping people on a daily basis combines her two greatest passions - health care and helping others to make a difference in their lives. Prior to Lemonaid, she was a Certified Nursing Assistant caring for senior citizens, had advocated and provided resources for the mentally ill, and also had customer service experience in the field of behavioral health. Jenna graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Psychology.

Jen Phan

Patient Advocate

Jennifer graduated from University of California, Davis with a degree in Human Development. Prior to Lemonaid, Jennifer worked in worker’s compensation case management, ensuring patients avoided permanent disability and adhered to medication guidelines to prevent medication overdose. She also spent time volunteering at pediatric occupational therapy clinics helping differently-abled children. She has a strong interest in mental health advocacy and believes that no matter the circumstance, everyone deserves the best quality of life possible. She joined the Lemonaid mission because she strongly supports the idea that healthcare should be both affordable and easily accessible to everyone. Outside of work, she enjoys DIY projects, anything crafty, live music and spending time with her dogs!

Elise Gargalikis

Patient Advocate

Elise joined Lemonaid because she believes healthcare should be accessible and affordable to everyone! With extensive professional healthcare experience, Elise has spent the last decade as an advocate for the highest quality patient care in specialties like gynecology, internal medicine, and otolaryngology and has excelled in various roles such as office manager, surgery coordinator, and front office coordinator. She feels every patient should be treated with kindness and understanding, and she brings this attitude to work every day. Aside from her medical background, she’s also a professional musician and enjoys living life to the fullest with a smile on her face.

Dr. Thom Van Every

Clinical Advisor

Dr. Thom Van Every trained as a UK-based OBGYN, with a special interest in family planning and sexual health. He previously founded DrThom, the UK's largest online doctor service and then became Medical Director of the UK's second largest drugstore chain, Lloyds Pharmacy. Dr. Van Every provides expert input and advice to the clinical team but does not himself provide care to our patients.

Mitchell Creinin, MD

Clinical Expert

Mitchell Creinin, MD is Director of Family Planning at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Creinin is a board certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist. Following a residency at UCSF in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Creinin completed a Family Planning fellowship. He has conducted clinical trials with NIH, CDC, USAID, WHO, foundation and pharmaceutical funding and has more than 20 years of clinical expertise as a family planning specialist. Dr. Creinin provides expert input and advice to the clinical and product development teams but does not himself provide any care to our patients.

Mark Smith, MD, MBA

Expert Advisor

Mark Smith, MD, MBA is a board-certified internist, nationally-recognized health policy expert, consultant, and author. He maintains an active clinical practice in HIV care at San Francisco General Hospital. He is a professor at the University of California at San Francisco, a visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley, and he co-chairs the Guiding Committee of the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network. He serves on the Boards of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the Commonwealth Fund, and other foundations. He has been honored by the California Legislature, the California Hospital Association, and others. He was the Founding President of the California HealthCare Foundation, specializing in delivery system innovation, public reporting of care quality, and applications of new technology in health care. Before CHCF, Dr. Smith was Executive Vice-President of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, where he oversaw programs in HIV, Reproductive Health, and the Health Care Marketplace. Prior to that, he was on the faculty at the Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and of Public Health, and directed the AIDS clinic there. Dr. Smith graduated with a BA from Harvard College, an MD from the University of North Carolina, and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Smith provides expert input and advice to the clinical team but does not himself provide care to our patients.

Charlene Kakimoto, MD

Clinical Expert

Charlene Kakimoto, MD is a board-certified dermatologist—passionate about the opportunity and promise of telemedicine for patients and the future of healthcare—and thrives helping like-minded, visionary professionals to improve access to high quality, affordable care. Recently Dr. Kakimoto served as Chief Medical Officer for acne and anti-aging start-up Curology, which specializes in custom, prescription skincare. She served as Associate Professor of Dermatology for the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, MD and Director of Outpatient Dermatology Clinic, Dermatology Residency Training Program, Navy Medical Center in San Diego. She has lectured and is published extensively in her field. Dr. Kakimoto graduated from Vassar College with a degree in English Literature and received both her MD and MS in Health Communication from Tufts University School of Medicine. She completed Internal Medicine Internship and Dermatology Residency at the Navy Medical Center in San Diego, CA. Dr. Kakimoto provides expert input and advice to the clinical team but does not herself provide care to our patients.

Irwin Goldstein, MD

Clinical Expert

Irwin Goldstein, MD has been involved with sexual dysfunction research since the late 1970's and has authored more than 350 publications in the field. His interests include penile microvascular bypass surgery, surgery for dyspareunia, sexual health management post cancer treatment, physiologic investigation of sexual function in men and women, and diagnosis and treatment of sexual dysfunction in men and women. Dr. Goldstein is Director of Sexual Medicine at Alvarado Hospital, Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of California, San Diego and practices medicine at San Diego Sexual Medicine. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Sexual Medicine Reviews and past Editor of The Journal of Sexual Medicine. He is President of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health and a Past President of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America. In 2014 Dr. Goldstein received the ISSM Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Sexual Medicine, and in 2009, 2012, 2013, he received other lifetime achievement awards from different associations for this work. He holds a degree in engineering from Brown University and received his medical degree from McGill University.

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