Should I use nicotine replacement therapy to quit smoking?

Dr. Robin Miller, MD
Internal Medicine
If you feel that you cannot quit smoking “cold turkey” then nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) may be very helpful. A recent review of over 130 studies found that when any form of NRT was used the success of quitting smoking was 50-70%.

There are many options for nicotine replacement that include patches, gum, inhalers, nasal sprays, tablets and lozenges. There are very few complications from these treatments.  The patch can cause skin irritation and the gum and tablets may irritate the inside of the mouth. The key is to find the replacement method that you like the best and then quit smoking.

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