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Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)

NRT eases withdrawal symptoms while the smoker gets used to not smoking and the dose is gradually reduced. For the best results, follow the instructions carefully and consult your pharmacist or GP if you are unsure about anything. NRT is safe to use. However, if you are pregnant or suffering from a heart condition, you should consult your GP first. NRT is available in many forms allowing you to choose which will suit you best.

  • Patches
    Discreet and easy to use, patches work by releasing a steady dose of nicotine into the blood stream, via the skin. Some patches are intended to be worn during the day only and other "24-hour" patches are designed for 24-hour use in order to help stave off early morning cravings. Patches should be applied to a hairless part of your body such as your upper arm but don't use in the same place two days running. You shouldn't smoke while your patch is on or use any other form of NRT unless advised by your GP. A week's supply of patches costs in the region of £15, although you can now ask your GP to make it available to you on prescription.
  • Gum
    Gum allows you to control your nicotine dose. It is important to chew the gum properly - chew it gently until you get the flavour and then "park" the gum in your cheek so that nicotine is absorbed through the lining of the mouth.
  • Nasal spray
    This is the strongest form of NRT and is a small bottle of nicotine solution, which is sprayed directly into the nose. Absorbed faster than any other kind of NRT, this can help heavier smokers, and especially where other forms of NRT have failed.
  • Microtab
    The microtab is a small white tablet which you put underneath your tongue and leave. It works by being absorbed into the lining of the mouth.
  • Lozenge
    Is like a sweet that you suck slowly, it gives you nicotine in a similar way to the microtab.
  • Inhalator
    Is a plastic device shaped like a cigarette with a nicotine cartridge fitted into it. Sucking on the mouthpiece releases nicotine vapour, which gets absorbed through your mouth and throat. Inhalators are useful for people who miss the hand-to-mouth action of smoking

For more information about NRT products, try the following sites:

http://www.nicotinell.co.uk
http://www.nicorette.co.uk
http://www.niquitin.co.uk

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