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Stacy Wiegman, PharmD, Pharmacy, answeredNicotine replacement therapy refers to both over-the-counter and prescription medications that curb nicotine cravings and help people stop smoking or using smokeless tobacco. It works by introducing low doses of nicotine into the body. Nicotine replacement therapy can be taken orally in the form of gum, lozenges, or inhalers, nasally in the form of a spray, or topically in the form of patches worn on the skin.
Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is an alternative way of delivering nicotine to the brain when you are trying to quit smoking. It comes in several forms that can be used alone or in combination. NRT provides a safe, non-addictive way of relieving cravings while you quit.
Intermountain Healthcare answeredNicotine replacement therapy (NRT) helps ease nicotine withdrawal by giving your body a steady supply of nicotine in gradually decreasing doses. It comes in the form of nicotine chewing gum, skin patches, inhalers, nose sprays, and lozenges. Some types of NRT are available over the counter, while others require a prescription.
American Cancer Society answered
Remember, tobacco addiction is both mental and physical. For most people, the best way to quit will be some combination of medicine, a method to change personal habits, and emotional support.
As mentioned earlier, the nicotine in cigarettes leads to actual physical dependence. This can cause unpleasant symptoms when a person tries to quit. Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) gives you nicotine -- in the form of gums, patches, sprays, inhalers, or lozenges -- but not the other harmful chemicals in tobacco. It can help relieve some of the withdrawal symptoms so that you can focus on the psychological (emotional) aspects of quitting.