Combining the patch with short-acting nicotine replacement, like the gum or lozenge, can be very helpful for some people. 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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