Kingston Family Health Team

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Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)

NRT helps to reduce your withdrawal symptoms, like cravings to smoke, anxiety, irritability, headaches, and difficulty concentrating, that commonly occur when trying to quit smoking.  NRT can be purchased without a prescription at your local pharmacy and your pharmacist can be a great resource in helping you select the best combination for your needs.  NRT comes in the form of patch, inhaler, gum or lozenge. Each form can be used alone or often two or more forms of NRT are used together to help manage cravings. The type, amount, and length of NRT treatment can be changed to meet your needs.  If after 24 hours of NRT use cravings continue to persist contact your local pharmacist for help modifying your therapy to minimize these cravings.  Using NRT over continued smoking allows for reduced nicotine intake and it does not expose your body to the 4000+ chemicals that are found in cigarette smoke.