There are nicotine replacement therapies (NRT), pharmaceuticals and other quit therapies that can help smokers deal with cravings and nicotine withdrawal symptoms. Using these products can double to triple a smoker’s chances of successfully quitting. Our Quit Your Way program offers free NRT to Floridians, like the nicotine patch and nicotine gum, if medically appropriate and 18 years of age or older.
If you provide a prescription, those patients can still tap into our free tools and services for additional help.
Over-the-Counter Nicotine Replacement Therapy:
||Placed on the skin, they give users a small and steady amount of nicotine.
||Chewed until it produces a tingling feeling, then placed between the cheek and gums to release nicotine.
||Look like hard candies that release nicotine as they slowly dissolve in your mouth.
Prescription-Only Nicotine Replacement Therapy:
||A cartridge attached to a mouthpiece. Inhaling through the mouthpiece gives the user a specific amount of nicotine.
|Nicotine Nasal Spray
||A pump bottle containing nicotine, which is placed into the nose and sprayed.
Other Prescription Medications:
||Bupropion, also known as Zyban®, helps to reduce nicotine withdrawal and the urge to smoke. Bupropion can be used safely with NRT.
||Varenicline, also known as Chantix®, helps to reduce nicotine withdrawal and the urge to smoke. It also blocks the effects of nicotine from cigarettes if the user starts smoking again.
All of these medications are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. FDA approved means the product is proven safe and is proven to work. Always read the label and instructions. Only use as directed. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions.