QuitNet has a medication finder that can help you easily decide what kind of NRT is best for you.
At QuitNet, we generally recommend the patch because you only need to put it on once a day, and it gives you a steady dose of nicotine. Plus, it’s easy to use, and you can get it without a doctor’s prescription.
That said, there are other proven over-the-counter options that also help people quit. Nicotine gum and lozenges work well if you can take them as directed, and you can use them to help deal with strong cravings. Learn more about how to use the patch, gum, and lozenge.
Finally, there are inhalers and sprays that release nicotine into the nose or mouth. The inhaler looks and feels like a cigarette holder, and the spray releases a mist into your nose. However, both are only available with a prescription.
Using the patch plus one of the short-acting medications is also an option. The patch provides a steady dose of nicotine, which prevents withdrawal, and the gum or lozenge is used for cravings. Talk to your doctor if you are interested in combined therapy.
Medical review: Nathan Cobb, MD, September 21, 2017
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