These products provide
without the cigarette and help to wean your body off of nicotine. The typical effects of withdrawal are reduced as your body adjusts to not smoking. The products provide you with progressively lower doses of nicotine until you stop using them.
Here's how each product works:
The nicotine patch
releases nicotine through your skin and into your bloodstream.
is chewed slowly, and then stored between the gum and cheek so that the nicotine can be absorbed through the lining of your mouth and into your bloodstream.
Nicotine lozenges are allowed to dissolve slowly in your mouth to release nicotine at a slow rate.
Nicotine nasal spray
contains small doses of nicotine that are sprayed into your nasal passages and absorbed into your bloodstream.
A nicotine inhaler contains nicotine that is inhaled through the mouth and is absorbed in the mouth and throat.
Sometimes these products are used in combination, like the patch along with the lozenges, which may help some people stay smoke-free.
Smoking and using nicotine replacement products can be dangerous because nicotine can build up to toxic levels. Since your goal is to quit smoking entirely, you should not smoke while using a nicotine replacement product. If you still have the urge to smoke, you may need an additional strategy to quit.
See Your Doctor
Patches, lozenges, and gums can be purchased over-the-counter, but the nasal spray and inhaler require a prescription. Your doctor will help you determine the appropriate dosage. Also, your doctor can prescribe additional smoking cessation aids and can refer you to a counselor,
support group, or other services that may help you quit smoking. People who combine several quitting strategies often have the most success.
There are side effects associated with taking nicotine replacement products. The side effects you may experience will depend on the type of product you choose. For example, rash has been associated with using the patch while nasal irritation has been associated with using the nasal spray.
If you experience side effects, talk to your doctor. A different product may be recommended.
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