It is important to reflect on reasons you might have failed on the previous attempt. If the quit-med worked, but you relapsed after you stopped the med, you may want to try the same med and plan better to deal with relapse triggers. If you did not take the recommended dose of the med for the recommended time, you might want to try the med again and take it as recommended. If you felt that the med did not control your cravings adequately, talk to your healthcare provider or coach to either increase the dose or switch your med program for your next quit attempt. Sometimes, the solution is as simple as adding gum or lozenges for cravings in addition to using the patch.
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?