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Nicotine replacement therapy

Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is the name given to stop-smoking medicines that release nicotine into the bloodstream to help counter cravings and reduce other physical withdrawal symptoms when you quit (nausea, headaches, irritability, dizziness).

How to use NRT

You can use NRT to relieve cravings once you have stopped smoking completely. Some of the products can also be used to help you cut down the number of cigarettes you smoke before you give up completely.

Smoking cessation products comes in the form of chewing gum, nasal spray, mouth spray, inhalator, microtabs, lozenges and patches. You decrease the amount you use over time, either by using lower strengths of the products, or by using them less frequently.

If you’re not sure which method is best for you, then visit your local LloydsPharmacy who will be happy to advise you on the best way to reach your smoking goals. Or find out more about our free NHS stop smoking service here.

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Nicotine patches

Nicotine patches are suitable for use by moderate to heavy smoker who smoke throughout the day. They are simply applied to the skin, usually on the upper arm.

They work by releasing nicotine throughout the day. Nicotine patches from brands like Nicorette, are normally available in three strengths.

Light smokers, smoking less than 10 cigarettes per day are recommended to start at the middle strength for 6 weeks and decrease the dose to the lower strength for a further 2 weeks.

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Nicotine gum

Nicotine gum is suitable for people who don’t need a continuous supply of nicotine but need help with withdrawal symptoms.

The gum must be chewed until it tastes strong and then placed between the gum and cheek to absorb the nicotine.

Similar to nicotine patches, nicotine gum from brands like NiQuitin, comes in different strengths depending on what stage you are at in quitting smoking.

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Nicotine inhalators

Nicotine inhalators are designed for people who like the hand to mouth action of smoking. The nicotine inhalator is used to inhale the nicotine via your mouth.

Nicotine inhalators are used as and when you get a craving and are good for those that like to keep their hands busy. Please note a maximum usage of 12 cartridges daily.

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eCigarettes look like real cigarettes, but contain nicotine in liquid form and a battery-operated heater. When the liquid nicotine is heated up, it emits a vapour, which you inhale. They can be a helpful way to cut down the number of cigarettes you smoke before quitting smoking for good.

Prescription only medicines

You can now use our convenient service for an online consultation to obtain an alternative treatment that can more than triple your chances of quitting successfully, without the need to see a doctor face to face.

Simply visit our Online Doctor, register and fill in the online questionnaire. The doctor will review your responses to confirm if it’s appropriate to prescribe you the medicine then will either have the medicine posted to you or sent ready for you to pick up in store.

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