Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)
It may seem counter-intuitive to put nicotine into your body when you're trying to quit tobacco, but NRT is about twice as effective for quitting smoking than cold turkey, and is now recommended for all smokers trying to quit (when medically appropriate). Studies indicate that NRT can also help smokeless users escape intense withdrawal when quitting, though the FDA hasn't approved NRT for that purpose.
How does NRT work?
There are five types of NRT. The patch is sold over the counter (OTC), and releases a small, steady dose of nicotine through the skin. The nicotine lozenge and gum, also OTC, are sucked or chewed and deliver limited nicotine through the blood vessels in your cheeks. The nicotine spray and inhaler require prescriptions, and are inhaled through the nose and mouth, respectively. On average, all nicotine replacement products approximately double the likelihood of successfully quitting smoking.
How do I know if I need NRT, or which I should use?
If you feel that NRT didn't work for you in the past, are you sure you used it properly, at the right dosage, and for the recommended duration? Did you have other support, and were you willing to make quitting a top priority? If you've successfully quit cold turkey in the past, you may consider doing so again, but identify where you stumbled last time and beef up the support and other components of your quit-plan.
Can I use NRT with other NRT or quit-medications?
Talk To Your Doctor Before Use If You:
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