“Deep rTMS and Varenicline for Smoking Cessation”
The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of deep repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) using the insula H-coil on smoking outcomes in smokers receiving varenicline. It is hypothesized that active deep rTMS will improve abstinence rates, attenuate craving and reduce cigarette consumption and dependence severity.
Device - Deep Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (Active)
Active deep rTMS (10 Hz) using the H-coil to target the bilateral insula
Device - Deep Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (Sham)
Sham deep rTMS using the H-coil. The sham coil is built into the same helmet as the active coil. It mimics the active coil with regards to acoustics and scalp sensations.
Drug - Varenicline
12 week course treatment of varenicline (0.5 mg/1 mg) using the standard dosage schedule for smoking cessation (Day 1-3: 0.5 mg daily; day 4-7: 0.5 mg twice a day; day 8-end of treatment: 1 mg twice a day).
Deep rTMS and Varenicline for Smoking Cessation: A Pilot Study Exploring the Efficacy of a Combined Treatment Approach