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Which nicotine replacement treatment works best?

For people trying to quit smoking, there are several different treatments to replace nicotine, which can decrease withdrawal symptoms and help people get rid of this harmful habit. Some of them are OTC (over the counter) and for some you will need prescription from your doctor. Nicotine replacement treatment can be found in the form of: nicotine gums, patches, sublingual tablets, lozenges and also as sprays and inhalers. All these products are found to be safe and efficient, and people who used those haven’t smoked for a year or even more after they quit.

For nicotine sprays and inhalers you will need a prescription and most people found these products to be more effective than others when it comes to urges to smoke. Some other smoking quitters stayed smoke-free for longer time using nicotine patches.

Nicotine Replacement Study

Randomized and controlled study on people trying to quit smoking proved that people are more likely to use nicotine patches or nicotine gum (polacrilex) and stick with the treatment. Nicotine sprays and inhalers weren’t so accepted with the people in the study. Probable explanation is the cost of these nicotine replacements, since they were expensive and patients tried to economize, using sprays and inhalers less. Additionally, inhalers and sprays designed for people trying to quit cigarette were reported as more embarrassing to use than patches or the gum.

Patients who used nicotine patches reported that this were easy to use. Efficacy-wise, patients found gums to be more effective if they were given for free, than if they had to pay for them.

All nicotine replacements were found out to similarly deal with withdrawal symptoms and abstinence rates at 3 months. Also, all products showed similar weight gain in people who were included in the study.

Popular Nicotine Replacement Products

Nicotine gum should be chewed whenever the patient feels the craving for cigarette. After some time, worked gum is supposed to be placed between the gums and the teeth, and it should work for some 15 to 20 minutes. There are standard and extra strength nicotine gums, and the later is known to cause addiction to the gum, so it might be best to avoid. Also, people who used nicotine gums advise using mint gums too, to eliminate the unpleasant smell.

Nicotine inhalers are suitable for some situations where gum doesn’t work. Drinking something in the bar is much easier when you don’t chew the gum. Additional reason for nicotine inhaler might be the taste of the drink when you chew the gum (people claim it is gross). There are some inhalers containing the pad which issues nicotine whenever needed, and these might be suitable for people ashamed to use nicotine inhalers in public.

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