NICOTINE REPLACEMENT GUIDES

Support your quit by helping to reduce your body’s physical cravings – so they don’t get in the way of your willpower.

How? There are therapeutic ways to satisfy your cravings with what doctors call “nicotine replacement therapy” or more simply, “nicotine replacements.” The products gradually deliver nicotine to your body, decreasing the dosage over time until your treatment program is complete.
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Support your quit by helping to reduce your body’s physical cravings – so they don’t get in the way of your willpower.

Nicotine Replacements

How? There are therapeutic ways to satisfy your cravings with what doctors call “nicotine replacement therapy” or more simply, “nicotine replacements.” The products gradually deliver nicotine to your body, decreasing the dosage over time until your treatment program is complete.

Use these guides to explore the quit method you identified in the last section, or to learn more about the nicotine replacement options available. And remember, using a nicotine replacement to support your quit can increase your chances of success.

Get Help Quitting Smoking with the Nicotine Patch

A nicotine patch releases a steady flow of nicotine into the body through the skin, for 16 or 24 hours (depending on how long you wear it). A prescription is not required for nicotine patches, so make sure only to use a patch that features time-release technology, so you’ll get a reliable, steady dose of nicotine throughout the day.

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Choose the Right Strength If you smoke more than ten cigarettes a day, start out with the 21 mg strength. If you smoke less than ten cigarettes a day, the 14 mg strength is the place to start.

Apply Daily To help you remember to put it on, apply the patch at the same time every day. We suggest making it the first thing you do when you get out of bed to help protect against withdrawal symptoms all day long.

Lower the Dosage as You Go Whether you start with the 21 mg or 14 mg patch, you’ll lower the dosage as you go along. For example, you may do 6 weeks with a 21 mg patch, 2 weeks with a 14 mg patch and then end with 2 weeks on a 7 mg patch. As always, read the instructions on the label, as brands differ.

Good to Know: If you buy nicotine patches with a prescription, you may be able to get reimbursed by your insurance company. Ask your doctor for more information.

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Get Help Kicking the Smoking Habit with Nicotine Gum

Nicotine gum is chewing gum specially formulated with nicotine to help you kick the smoking habit one craving at a time. It’s a fast-acting form of replacement available in 2 mg and 4 mg strengths. Nicotine gum is also available in several flavors – which helps make your quit much more pleasant. A prescription is not required for nicotine gum.

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Nicotine gum is designed for you to chew one piece every 1 to 2 hours for the first six weeks, or when cravings occur. Nicotine gum should be chewed slowly until you can taste the nicotine or feel a slight tingling in your mouth. Stop chewing and park the chewing gum between your cheek and gums. After about a minute, when the tingling is almost gone, start chewing again. Repeat this process for about 30 minutes.

Nicotine Gum Dosage

Do not use more than 24 pieces a day.

Good to Know: You can chew away your nicotine habit with flavors ranging from fruit to cinnamon to mint. Some brands of gum are also coated to provide a bold flavor.

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Get Help Going Smoke-Free with Nicotine Lozenges and Mini-Lozenges

Nicotine Lozenges dissolve in the mouth to release a dose of fast-acting nicotine to help smokers manage cravings as they happen. The medicine lasts even after the lozenge is gone, making it a discreet way to treat cigarette cravings. A prescription is not required for nicotine lozenges.

Nicotine Lozenge
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Nicotine lozenges are designed to be taken orally every 1 to 2 hours for the first six weeks, or when cravings occur. Nicotine is absorbed through the lining of the mouth and into the bloodstream, and is usually taken at least 15 minutes after eating or drinking.

Nicotine Lozenge Dose

Do not use more than 24 pieces a day.

Good to Know: Like nicotine gum, nicotine lozenges are available in a variety of flavors, including mint and cherry, and come in convenient, portable packaging.

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