The patch, and other NRTs (Nicotine Replacement Therapies) like the gum, lozenge, inhaler and nasal spray, were created specifically to make withdrawal easier. They do so by providing small, measured doses of nicotine, which are absorbed through the skin and/or membranes of the mouth, throat and/or nasal passages. The body then detoxes at a slower rate, so the urges to smoke are diminished and uncomfortable symptoms are lessened.
Articles in this section
- What are NRTs and what do they do?
- How much will NRT improve my chance of quitting?
- How do I decide which NRT to use?
- Can I use NRT if I have heart disease or high blood pressure?
- Should I choose a quit-med if I relapsed last time I used it?
- Why would I want to use the patch, gum, or lozenge if I’m trying to quit nicotine?
- Will NRTs get rid of my cravings to smoke?
- If I slip and have a cigarette, should I quit my NRT?
- Does NRT work for smokeless tobacco users?
- If I’m taking other medications, can I use NRT?