Nicotine replacement therapy

Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) releases nicotine into your body to help relieve cravings and withdrawal symptoms. NRT products are available over the counter without a Doctor's prescription.

Table 1: NRT options

Format How to use Advantages
Nicotine gum Bite down on the gum once or twice, then "park" the gum between your cheek and gum. Wait a minute, then repeat.
  • satisfies oral cravings
  • allows you to control how much nicotine you use and when you use it
Nicotine lozenges Place the lozenge in your mouth and let it slowly dissolve. Occasionally move the lozenge from one side of the mouth to the other. Repeat until lozenge is dissolved.
  • satisfies oral cravings
  • allows you to control how much nicotine you use and when you use it
Nicotine inhaler Hold the inhaler like a cigarette and draw air through the mouthpiece that has been filled with a nicotine cartridge.
  • allows hand-to-mouth ritual to continue
  • easy to control the amount of nicotine you inhale
Nicotine patch Apply the patch to the skin once a day.
  • discreet, easy-to-use, once-a-day option
  • delivers a continuous, controlled dose of nicotine into your body
Nicorette® QuickMist Spray nozzle closely towards the open mouth.
  • Provides quick relief of cravings in about 60 seconds

Like any medication, NRT can cause side effects. These products may not be suitable for you. Always read and follow the label or consult your pharmacist to learn more.

This information is provided for educational information purposes only. It is not designed or intended to constitute medical advice or to be used for diagnosis or to replace your Doctor. Consult your Pharmacist or Doctor to determine the appropriateness of the information for your specific situation. Articles and Nicotine Dependency Test tool are copyright MediResource Inc. 1996 – 2018. Terms and conditions of use.

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