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Nicotine is the addictive component in cigarettes, but it can be used to support your quit journey with Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT). NRT is a medication that provides your body with a low level of nicotine, without the other toxic chemicals in cigarettes. It is used by people who have quit smoking to control any negative side effects.

How to get NRT

NRT is available to buy from some stores and pharmacies, it can also be prescribed from a GP or SmokeFree Hull. The medication can come in many forms:

  • Patches
  • Chewing gum
  • Inhalators
  • Oral strips & lozenges
  • Oral spray

Our specialist advisers recommend using a patch with a faster-acting form of NRT such as the gum, inhalators or spray to satisfy any cravings. Over the course of your structured programme, your dosage of NRT is reduced until you stop using it.

Who can use NRT

The medication can be used by a range of people but you should seek medical advice if you have kidney, liver or heart problems:

  • Adults and children over 12 (children under 18 should seek medical advice first)
  • Pregnant women
  • Breastfeeding women

You may suffer from some side effects by taking NRT, these include:

  • Skin irritation from the patches
  • Nose, throat or eyes irritation from use of the nasal spray
  • Insomnia, sometimes with vivid dreams
  • An upset stomach
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches

You should speak to your GP if your symptoms are especially troublesome and they will be able to amend your dosage.

Find out about other stop smoking treatments or give us a call on 0148 2977 617 for more information.

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Your savings

Please note that the figures above are simply an indication of how much you could save based on the cost of a packet of cigarettes and your daily intake.