Diabetes and Smoking
Nicotine Replacement Therapy
Nicotine patches, gum, and nasal sprays are three ways to curb cravings for nicotine. The nicotine patch is worn on the skin (between the neck and waist) and continuously supplies small amounts of nicotine. Nicotine gum allows the user to control the amount of nicotine he or she receives each day and should be used for 30 minutes at a time. Nicotine nasal spray provides fast relief from nicotine cravings but requires a prescription. Another prescription drug available to help you stop smoking is Zyban.
Ask your doctor if nicotine replacement therapy is an option for you. When using these products, follow the directions on the package and report any side effects to your health care provider. You should not smoke while using nicotine replacement products, as doing so can cause serious side effects.