Nicotine Replacement Therapy (or NRT)
Nicotine Replacement Therapy (or NRT), contains nicotine and is intended to replace some of the nicotine you normally get from cigarettes.
Nicotine Replacement Therapies are intended to help reduce the desire to smoke as well as the symptoms you experience when you give up smoking. Nicotine Replacement Therapy comes in a variety of different forms such as patches, gum, lozenges and others. NRT is not suitable for everyone and your doctor is best positioned to discuss any benefits and risks with you.
You are more likely to stop smoking if you are motivated to stop. NRT is most effective in combination with determination and willpower, a quit plan from your doctor, support from your family and friends or even a counsellor as well as changes to your lifestyle and behaviour that help you break your old habits.
Speak to your doctor for more information about NRT.
While not everyone experiences all of the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal, these symptoms can include craving tobacco, irritability, frustration, feeling angry, sleep problems, depressed mood, feeling anxious, difficulty in concentration, restlessness, weight gain and more. Some strategies to help break the hold of nicotine include avoiding triggers such as coffee or alcohol, spending time with non-smokers or in smoke-free venues and exercising. Be sure to always follow the directions from your doctor carefully and remember to always keep medicines (including NRT) out of reach of children.