QUIT SMOKING AIDS
Using quit smoking aids such as Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) to help you quit smoking can increase your chance of success. They can also control your intense cravings and reduce withdrawal symptoms. Your doctor or pharmacist can help you customize your quit plan together with quit smoking aids.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRTs)
Nicotine Replacement Therapy works by reducing the cravings caused by quitting smoking. It delivers a controlled dose of nicotine to your body over time. NRTs come in various forms such as transdermal patch and oral gum.
Provides all day support by helping to relieve withdrawal symptoms
Provides rapid control of intense cravings whenever they strike
The NRTs can be used alone or for those who are heavy smokers or who have failed to quit previously, combining 2 forms of NRT (e.g., patch and gum) have been shown to increase the success rate when compared to single therapy. NRT is available without prescription from the pharmacy. However, it is important that you conduct an initial quit smoking assessment with your pharmacist or doctor to determine the right dosage for you.
Non-nicotine medications are available in pill form. It stimulates the same area of the brain that nicotine does. It helps to reduce cravings caused by quitting smoking. For more information, please seek for further advice from your healthcare professional.
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