Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)

Details about treatments

Patch

The patch should be applied to a clean, dry, hairless area of the skin such as the:

  • upper arm
  • shoulder
  • hip or thigh

The location should be changed daily to avoid skin irritation. Put a new patch on first thing each morning and remove at bedtime.

Inhalator

The inhalator mimics the act of smoking and therefore helps with hand-to-mouth behaviour as well as treating nicotine addiction. It is puffed rather than inhaled with each cartridge lasting for about 40 minutes, equivalent to approximately six to eight cigarettes. Maximum six cartridges a day.

Gum

The gum should be chewed slowly until a peppery taste becomes strong and/or a tingling sensation is noticed. It then needs to be ‘parked’ between the gums/teeth and cheek until the taste has faded and then chewing is repeated. Maximum 15 pieces a day.

Mouth spray

The mouth spray has a child proof top and needs to be primed by pumping before use for the first time or after non use. Spray directly to the inside of the cheek for best effect. Try to avoid the lips or the back of the throat as this can lead to a burning sensation.

Avoid inhaling the spray or swallowing for a few seconds as the spray is most effective when held in the mouth. One or two sprays at a time used when a craving for a cigarette is felt. Up to a maximum of four sprays per hour or 64 sprays a day.

Lozenge

The lozenge is placed in the mouth and occasionally moved from side to side until completely dissolved, usually within 30 minutes. The nicotine from the lozenge is absorbed through the lining of the mouth so the lozenge should not be chewed or swallowed whole. Try not eat or drink while the lozenge is in the mouth. You can use up to 12 lozenges a day.

E-cigarette/vape

Although we cannot supply you with a e-cig/vape if you are already using these products or want to use one to help you quit we are very happy to support you.