NRT stands for “nicotine replacement therapy,” which includes the patch, gum, lozenge, inhaler, and nasal spray. NRT was created specifically to make withdrawal from nicotine easier. It works by giving you small, measured doses of nicotine, which you absorb through your skin (with the patch) and/or membranes of the mouth, throat, and/or nasal passages (with the gum, lozenge, inhaler, or spray).
Research has shown over and over that when NRT is used properly and with a behavioral program, it can as much as double your chances of quitting and staying quit. That’s because it helps reduce the severity of cravings and withdrawal symptoms. It makes your day-to-day life more manageable, so you can handle things better while you’re quitting. This helps you keep up your motivation to quit! Although NRT may not make quitting easy, it can make it easier.
Medical review: Nathan Cobb, MD, September 21, 2017
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