Several medicines can help you stop smoking. You can take medicine to reduce your craving for nicotine. You also can use nicotine replacement products to reduce cravings and give you smaller and smaller amounts of nicotine.
Your doctor can help you decide which medicine—or combination of medicines—will work best for you. Most people find that it helps to use more than one at the same time. If you have health problems or are pregnant, you may not be able to use some of these medicines.
Heavy smokers do best with the strongest form (4 mg of nicotine).
If you are using the patch, adding gum or a lozenge can give you extra help.
It doubles your chances of quitting.
You can use it whenever you have a craving, as long as you don't exceed the daily dose.
Gum can taste bad (but mint and citrus flavors are available).
Gum can cause a tingling feeling on the tongue, nausea, or heartburn.
Lozenges can cause upset stomach, heartburn, nausea, or gas.
You will need to avoid beverages (especially coffee, juices, and soda pop) for 15 minutes before and after use. If you don't, your body may not absorb the nicotine as well because of the acid in the drinks.
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