Klein’s Pharmacy Tip of the Month
Help When You Decide to Quit!
When you smoke a cigarette, nicotine enters your body through your lungs and travels to your brain. Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) works by substituting the source of nicotine to “replace” the nicotine you inhale when you smoke. For people who are quitting smoking, NRTs can help by delivering a safer alternative source of nicotine than cigarettes. They also can reduce or eliminate the symptoms of withdrawal, making it easier for some people to quit. NRTs have been extensively tested and used by millions of people, and considered safe and effective ways of quitting smoking.
Unlike cigarettes, which contain thousands of harmful chemicals, nicotine medications contain small doses of nicotine alone to combat urges to smoke. The amount of nicotine is decreased gradually over time until nicotine replacement is no longer needed. Because the dose of nicotine is much lower than what a person would receive by smoking a cigarette, NRTs are considered an effective way to help someone who smokes quit for good.
When choosing a nicotine replacement therapy, think about which method best fits your lifestyle and pattern of smoking. The points below highlight the main differences between NRTs.
- Nicotine gums, lozenges, and inhalers allow you to control your dosage of nicotine to help keep cravings under control.
- Nicotine nasal spray works quickly to combat cravings when you need it.
- Nicotine inhalers allow you to mimic the use of cigarettes by puffing and holding the inhaler.
- Nicotine patches are convenient and only have to be applied once a day.
- Both inhalers and nasal sprays require a doctor’s prescription.
- Some people may not be able to use patches, inhalers, or nasal sprays due to allergies or other conditions.
Not all nicotine replacement therapies are right for everyone. Be sure to discuss the option of nicotine replacement therapy with your health care prescriber or Pharmacist. REF: www.determinedtoquit.com