Medications and Other Quit Aids
When you stop smoking, you may experience some uncomfortable feelings or even get strong tobacco cravings. Those are all withdrawal symptoms, meaning your body is trying to get used to not having nicotine in its system.
Our Quit Your Way program can give you free nicotine patches or gum, but only if it’s medically appropriate and if you are 18 years or older. Other options may be available to you, if you’re younger than 18, through Tobacco Free Florida or your doctor. Those with doctor prescriptions can still use our free tools and services for extra help.
Over-the-Counter Nicotine Replacement Therapy1
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 put 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.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about using any of these products or medications if you…
- are pregnant or nursing
- have a serious medical condition
- are currently using other medications
- are under 18 years of age