Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Comparing Nicotine Replacement Methods

Font Size

Topic Overview

Nicotine replacement therapies are helpful for people who quit smoking. They are available in several forms, such as patches, gum, lozenges, and inhalers.

All forms of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) work equally well. But talk with your doctor about what products might be best for you and what dosage might be best for you.

Recommended Related to Smoking Cessation

Effects of Smoking Pipes and Cigars

Pipe and cigar smokers often wave off worries that smoking is bad for their health. They claim their habit is harmless and perpetuate the common misperception that pipes and cigars are somehow safer than cigarettes. In reality, these tobacco products carry the same health risks -- and sometimes even greater risks -- than cigarettes. Cigars and pipes differ in design from cigarettes, which are made from tobacco wrapped in thin paper. Cigars are wrapped in tobacco leaves, and unlike cigarettes, they...

Read the Effects of Smoking Pipes and Cigars article > >

All forms of NRT have side effects. But most side effects go away after the first week or so.

  • The patch is easy to use, because:
    • You put it on once a day and forget it.
    • You do not have to avoid certain beverages.
    • The patch is hidden on your body, so no one will know it's there.
  • Gum, lozenges, or the inhaler can be a good choice, because:
    • They can get nicotine into your system quickly if you feel stressed or are having strong cravings.
    • They can replace the feel of a cigarette in your mouth.
    • You can use these whenever you need them as long as you do not go over your recommended daily dose.
    • You can use them if you need something more while you are using the patch or taking quit-smoking medicines.

For most people, the side effects from nicotine replacement products are mild and only bother them for the first week or two.

People who smoke heavily and choose the patch, lozenge, or gum are more successful using the strongest forms of the product (gum or lozenge with 4 mg of nicotine, or patches with 21 mg or more nicotine in each patch).

1

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: July 06, 2011
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
Next Article:

Comparing Nicotine Replacement Methods Topics

Hot Topics

WebMD Video: Now Playing

Click here to wach video: Dirty Truth About Hand Washing

Which sex is the worst about washing up? Why is it so important? We’ve got the dirty truth on how and when to wash your hands.

Click here to watch video: Dirty Truth About Hand Washing

Popular Slideshows & Tools on WebMD

feet
Solutions for 19 types.
Woman sitting in front of UV lights
Is yours working?
Healthy breakfast
What are you eating?
Young man exercising on bike
How not to get sick at the gym.
MS Overview
Recognizing symptoms.
bowl of yogurt with heart shape
Eat for a healthy heart.
Woman scrutinizing nose in mirror
Tips that work.
close up of leg with psoriasis rash
Know what to look for.
Woman sitting with child
Do you know the symptoms?
lone star tick
How to identify that bite.
young woman in sun
What to watch for.
Thyroid exam
See how much you know.

Women's Health Newsletter

Find out what women really need.