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Nicotine Replacement Therapy

You can also ask your doctor if nicotine replacement therapy might help.

Nicotine patches, gum, and nasal sprays are three ways to curb cravings for nicotine without a prescription.

You wear the patch on your skin, between the neck and waist. It steadily supplies small amounts of nicotine.

The gum lets you control the amount of nicotine you get each day. Use it for up to 30 minutes at a time.

The nasal spray provides fast relief from nicotine cravings but requires a prescription.

There are also two drugs your doctor can prescribe that may help: Chantix and Zyban.

When using any of these products, follow the directions on the package and report any side effects to your doctor.

Don't use more than one type, and don't smoke while using nicotine replacement products, since doing so can cause serious side effects.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger, MD on September 17, 2014
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