Selegiline transdermal system (STS) as an aid for smoking cessation

Nicotine Tob Res. 2012 Mar;14(3):377-82. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntr143. Epub 2011 Aug 16.


Introduction: This study examined the efficacy and safety of selegiline transdermal system (STS) and brief repeated behavioral intervention (BRBI) for smoking cessation in heavy smokers. We hypothesized that the quit rate of subjects who received STS and BRBI would be significantly greater than that of those who received placebo patch and BRBI.

Methods: This was a double-blind, placebo-controlled parallel-group study in which 246 men and women were randomized to receive either STS (n = 121) or placebo patch (n =125) for 9 weeks. Recruitment targeted heavy smokers, defined as individuals with self-reported use of ≥15 cigarettes/day in the 30 days prior to enrollment, who had smoked cigarettes for the past 5 years, and had an expired CO level ≥9 ppm during screening.

Results: Although STS was well tolerated, the overall results indicated that STS with BRBI was not more effective than placebo plus BRBI for smoking cessation (p = .58).

Conclusions: The results are discussed in relation to interventions for heavy smokers. Although 2 trials using oral selegiline both showed trends toward improved abstinence, these results indicate that STS with BRBI was not an effective aid for smoking cessation at the end of treatment (10 weeks), 14, or 26 weeks.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Cutaneous
  • Adult
  • Behavior Therapy
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Compliance
  • Selegiline / administration & dosage*
  • Selegiline / therapeutic use*
  • Smoking / drug therapy*
  • Smoking Cessation / methods*


  • Selegiline