Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) gives your body the nicotine it craves and because it doesn’t contain any of the 4,000 toxic chemicals such as carbon monoxide, tar, it is much safer than smoking. If your cravings are strong then you might find using more than one product helpful. There are several types of nicotine replacement therapy.
Patches work by releasing nicotine into your bloodstream through your skin. They come in a variety of strengths and your advisor will recommend the right one for you.
Gum, Lozenges and Microtabs
These products contain nicotine, which is absorbed through the lining of your mouth. It is important to use these products regularly in order to keep the cravings at bay. Like patches, these come in a variety of strengths and again your advisor will help you choose the right strength for you.
This is useful for those who miss having something to do with their hands. The inhalator releases nicotine vapour which is absorbed through the lining of your mouth and throat.
Nasal spray and mouth spray
These are fast acting products and help to relieve the cravings quickly. These sprays work well for heavy smokers.
Alternatives to NRT
As well as nicotine replacement therapy there are two other medications available Champix and Zyban. These tablets help to reduce your withdrawal symptoms. They are taken for 1 to 2 weeks before your quit date and the course lasts between 8 and 12 weeks, these medications are available on prescription for most people aged over 18 excluding pregnant women.