NICOTINE REPLACEMENT THERAPY (NRT) & TOBACCO CESSATION MEDICATIONS
WHAT IS IT?
Medications that have nicotine are called nicotine replacement medications or nicotine replacement therapy, also called NRT. These medications substitute for the nicotine from tobacco. They provide less nicotine than tobacco products, but usually enough to lessen withdrawal symptoms and cravings and increase your sense of control as you stop tobacco use. Forms of NRT include the patch, gum, lozenge, inhaler and nasal spray. Non-nicotine medications also can help. Non-nicotine medications include bupropion SR (sustained release) and varenicline.
The cessation options listed below are the seven FDA-approved tobacco cessation medications available that increase long-term tobacco use quit rates
OVER-THE-COUNTER NICOTINE REPLACEMENT THERAPY
Available in 21mg, 14 mg and 7 mg
Available over the counter in a variety of flavors such as fruit, mint, cinnamon and original.
Available over the counter in a variety of flavors such as mini-mints and cherry.
PRESCRIPTION NICOTINE REPLACEMENT THERAPY AND NON-NICOTINE MEDICATION
These four options require a prescription from a medical provider.
This medication does not contain nicotine and functions to block nicotinic receptors in the brain.
This medication does not contain nicotine. It is a pill to help decrease nicotine cravings and withdrawal.
Nicotine Nasal Spray
Nasal Spray is used to aid in cessation for the relief of nicotine withdrawal symptoms. It should be used as a part of a comprehensive behavioral tobacco cessation program.
The inhaler is a mouthpiece and a plastic cartridge inserted into the mouthpiece prior to use. User inhales deeply into back of throat or puffs in short breaths. The nicotine turns into a vapor and is absorbed into your mouth and throat.
The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
This information is not to serve as an advertisement for a specific brand. All products are available from various producers.