Smoking Cessation Drugs: Nicotine Replacement Products

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Type of Medication:

Nicotine replacement

Medications and Their Commonly Used Brand Names

Type of medication Brand name
Nicotine patch/transdermal nicotine Habitrol
NicoDerm CQ
Nicotine gum/lozenges Nicorette/Commit
Nicotine nasal spray Nicotrol NS
Nicotine inhaler Nicotrol Inhaler

What They Are Prescribed For

IMAGE Nicotine replacement products are used to help people stop smoking. These products work best as part of a program that also includes education, counseling, and/or psychological support.

How Nicotine Replacement Products Work

These products provide nicotine without the cigarette and help to wean your body off of nicotine. The typical effects of withdrawal are reduced as your body adjusts to not smoking. The products provide you with progressively lower doses of nicotine until you stop using them.
  • The nicotine patch releases nicotine through your skin and into your bloodstream.
  • Nicotine gum is chewed slowly, and then stored between the gum and cheek so that the nicotine can be absorbed through the lining of your mouth and into your bloodstream.
  • Nicotine lozenges are allowed to dissolve slowly in your mouth to release nicotine at a slow rate.
  • Nicotine nasal spray contains small doses of nicotine that are sprayed into your nasal passages and absorbed into your bloodstream.
  • A nicotine inhaler contains nicotine that is inhaled through the mouth and is absorbed in the mouth and throat.
Sometimes these products are used in combination, like the patch along with the lozenges, which may help some people stay smoke-free.

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