NRT and Medication

What is Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is a range of medications to help quit smoking, with many effective products available, and in different strengths (and flavours). 

NRT gives you some of the nicotine that you would have received from tobacco, but does not contain the harmful stuff in cigarettes like tar, carcinogens and carbon monoxide which can affect your health.

If you decide to use NRT, it’s important to find the product that is right for you, and to remember that willpower is also required.

Types of NRT

There are many types of Nicotine Replacement Therapy products. Please speak with our specialist team to discuss what might work best for you. 

The patch releases nicotine directly into the bloodstream through the skin.

There are two ways to use patches: just during the time you are awake (16-hour patches) or both day and night (24-hour patches.

Patches come in different strengths with the aim to gradually reduce the strength over time before stopping the use of patches completely.

Tablet should be placed under the tongue and allowed to slowly dissolve. It should be moved around under the tongue to prevent irritation.

For people smoking ≤ 20 cigarettes daily, 2mg every hour. Can be increased to 4mg every hour in people who fail to stop smoking or have significant withdrawal symptoms.

For people smoking ≥ 20 cigarettes daily, 4mg every hour.

The spray delivers a dose of nicotine through the lining of your nose.

This is a fast-acting product, reaching the brain within minutes to help relieve cravings.

 

The inhalator is a small plastic device and comes with cartridges which contain nicotine.

Nicotine vapour is released via a ‘puffing’ or ‘sucking’ action which gets absorbed through your mouth. Inhalators work well for people who miss the ‘hand to mouth’ action of smoking.

Nicotine in the gum is absorbed through the lining of your mouth. Nicotine is released by chewing the gum until the taste becomes strong or hot. The gum is then ‘parked’ inside your cheek, and when the taste fades, you chew again to release more nicotine. Gum should be discarded within 30mins.

Gum use should be cut down gradually as your quit progresses.

Lozenges are placed in the mouth and dissolve slowly to release nicotine, in a similar way to nicotine gum. 

To release the nicotine from the lozenge, suck until the taste becomes strong or hot. Then rest the lozenge inside your cheek – when the taste fades, suck again to release more nicotine. Lozenges take around 20 minutes to dissolve completely.

*Unfortunately Champix is currently unavailable. 

We also offer medications – in tablet form – to help people stop smoking.

Medication is only available on prescription, and can be requested by your advisor after assessment. It can not be used if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, if you’re under 18, or if you have certain pre-existing medical conditions. Does not contain nicotine.

Speak to your stop smoking advisor for more information on medication.

*Unfortunately Zyban is currently unavailable. 

Zyban is a prescription only medication that we will source directly from your GP. 

It comes in tablet from, which you will take for 8 week. 

Speak to your stop smoking advisor for more information on medication.