About Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRTs) & Other Quit Aids:
Many who are trying to quit smoking experience withdrawal symptoms. You may feel anxious, depressed, tense and not yourself. These are signs that your body is getting used to life without nicotine and they’re temporary. Many also experience strong cravings when first trying to quit smoking. Withdrawal symptoms and cravings can be difficult to handle and can lead to relapse into using tobacco again.
There are nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs) and other quit aids that can help you deal with withdrawal symptoms and can lessen the urge to smoke. Using these products can double your chances of successfully quitting. Tobacco Free Florida’s 3 Ways to Quit offer free NRT, like the patch and nicotine gum, when medically appropriate. Click HERE for more information about our free services, or talk to your health care professional.
Only use products that are FDA-approved because they are known to be safe and effective. Using products that are not approved by the FDA could, at best, derail an attempt to quit smoking and prolong your battle. At worst, non FDA-approved products can carry serious health risks. NRT is only approved for sale to adults age 18 or older—younger patients may require other options.
And remember: NRT and other quit aids can help with withdrawal symptoms and cravings, but quitting can still be hard at times. These products are best used as part of a personalized quit plan. Tobacco Free Florida has free resources that can help. Click HERE to learn more.
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Over-the-Counter (OTC) NRTs Include:
Skin Patches: Available as a generic product known as transdermal nicotine patches, as private-label products, and under brand names like Habitrol and Nicoderm. These patches are affixed to the skin, similar to how you would apply an adhesive bandage.
Chewing Gum: Available as a generic product known as nicotine gum, as private-label products, and under brand names like Nicorette.
Lozenges: Available as a generic product known as nicotine lozenges, as private-label products, and under brand names like Commit.
Prescription-Only NRTs Include:
A nasal spray and an oral inhaler are available under brand names like Nicotrol.
Non-Nicotine Quit Aids:
Prescription-only non-nicotine medications, like Chantix (varenicline tartrate) and Zyban (buproprion), are approved by the FDA to help patients quit smoking. They show very promising results for patients in their quit attempts by decreasing cravings and withdraw symptoms. Both carry serious risks, and patients should be made aware of these risks and monitored during use.
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