Nicotine Replacement Therapy to Help You Quit Smoking

Nicotine Replacement Therapy to Help You Quit Smoking

Nicotine Replacement Therapy, or NRT, refers to the use of nicotine-containing products that are not cigarettes. These products, such as chewing gum, inhalers, or patches, are said to help you quit smoking. Generally, all of these therapies work by gradually reducing the amount of nicotine you take in. Here are some of the better-known NRT methods and how they work. Gum Some smokers prefer gum because it gives their mouths something to do. It is also available without a prescription, and is sugarless. Those who are concerned about the possibility that weight gain might accompany their quitting efforts may prefer this method. Gum comes in at least two different strengths, and if you wish you could chew half a piece as well. The nicotine is absorbed through the mucous membranes of the mouth, so professionals recommend that you not eat or drink for 15-30 minutes before and after chewing a piece. Lozenge Another orally-delivered type of NRT, lozenges release a gradual amount of nicotine into your system through your mouth’s mucous membranes. The goal is to ease nicotine cravings gently. The larger the lozenge, the slower the nicotine release. Nicotine-containing lozenges are available over the counter. Inhaler Nicotine inhalers work by delivering a nicotine-containing mist into the mouth and throat when the user “puffs” on it. Sources say that less than five percent of the nicotine ends…

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