Nicotine Replacement

Thursday, January 09, 2014

For people who are quitting smoking, nicotine replacement therapy can help by delivering a safer alternative source of nicotine than cigarettes. Dr. Edward Hill discusses the types of nicotine replacement products in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

When you smoke a cigarette, nicotine enters your body through your lungs and travels to your brain. Nicotine replacement therapy works by substituting the source of nicotine to replace the nicotine you inhale when you smoke.

Using nicotine-replacement therapy may double your chance of kicking the smoking habit permanently. With nicotine-replacement therapy, youre still getting nicotinejust not from tobacco. This helps control cravings as you gradually decrease the amount you use.

Nicotine-replacement therapy is available in many forms. Nicotine patches deliver a steady stream of nicotine for several hours. They are easy to useyou put a new patch on every day.

Nicotine gum and lozenges let you control the flow of nicotine and help you fight sudden cravings. Nasal spray helps control strong, sudden urges to smoke because the nicotine enters your system quickly. With an inhaler, you puff nicotine vapor into your lungs. The nasal spray and inhaler require a doctors prescription. The most important factor in quitting tobacco is the firmness of your conviction.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.