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Nicotine replacement therapies are helpful for people who quit smoking. They are available in several forms, such as patches, gum, lozenges, nasal sprays, and inhalers.
All forms of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) work equally well. But talk with your doctor about what products might be best for you and what dosage might be best for you.
All forms of NRT have side effects. But most side effects go away after the first week or so.
For most people, the side effects from nicotine replacement products are mild and only bother them for the first week or two.
People who smoke heavily and choose the patch, lozenge, or gum are
more successful using the strongest forms of the product (gum or lozenge with
4 mg of nicotine, or patches with
21 mg or more nicotine in each patch).
Experts recommend combining the patch and another nicotine product. Talk to your doctor about this option.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerMichael F. Bierer, MD - Internal Medicine,
Current as ofMay 26, 2016
Current as of:
May 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Michael F. Bierer, MD - Internal Medicine,
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