Anyone who is trying to quit tobacco may benefit from using a medication. Medications can double your chances of quitting. Your chances of quitting are even better when you combine medications with counseling. Your health care provider will help you decide which medication is right for you. It is especially important that you talk with your health care provider about these medications if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, nursing, under age 18, smoking fewer than 10 cigarettes per day, or have a health problem.
Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) helps relieve the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal, like headaches, sleep problems and anxiety. It releases a specific amount of nicotine (less than the amount in a cigarette), but not the other harmful chemicals in tobacco. NRT helps lower the physical cravings of nicotine so that you can focus on the psychological aspects of quitting. NRT is available in many forms. The most common are available over the counter and include the following:
Other forms of NRT, like a nasal spray and inhaler, are also available by prescription. Talk with your health care provider to learn more about these forms of NRT.
If you’re thinking about quitting smoking, find out how your health insurance plan can help. Many health plans help cover the cost of medicines and counseling to help you quit smoking. Remember, using quit-smoking medicine or counseling support can more than double your chances to quit for good!
Content adapted from the American Cancer Society’s Guide to Quitting.
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