Does Nicotine Replacement Therapy really work?

As the term Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) points to, it’s nicotine replacement through means rather than smoking.

In Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT), nicotine is released into your body in controlled amount through means of nicotine patches or nicotine gums to help take away your desire to smoke cigarettes. It helps the users of Nicotine Replacement Therapy cope with normal withdrawal symptoms like anxiety, irritability and restlessness experienced by smokers when they try to quit smoking. If you want to know what are nicotine withdrawal symptoms like, go to this page for tips on how to cope with nicotine withdrawal symptoms.

These are the various forms of Nicotine Replacement Therapy product available. What are they?

Nicotine Patch
This adhesive patch comes with different dosage of nicotine. The strength of the dosage to start with is dependant on the number of cigarettes you smoke a day. Although manufacturer recommend that you wear it up to 24 hours a day, it’s better to remove it when you go to bed because it’s known to disrupt sleep in some cases.

Nicotine Inhaler
The inhaler is shaped like a cigarette and useful for people who couldn’t get use to the lack of hand to mouth action of putting a cigarette in the mouth and drawing on it.

 Nicotine lozenges
Nicotine lozenges are like candy and can last between 20 to 30 minutes in your mouth. Low dosage of nicotine is released and absorbed into the body through the mouth’s membranes when they are sucked on and is suited for those with low dependence on nicotine.
Nicotine lozenges have some disadvantages though. They may cause heartburn, hiccups and in some cases, nausea too.

Nicotine Gums
Nicotine gums are similar to nicotine lozenges. When chewed upon, low dosage of nicotine is released and absorbed into the body through the mouth’s membranes There are reports that some develop an addiction to nicotine gum.

Nicotine nasal spray
Another nicotine replacement therapy product is the nicotine nasal spray. It is sprayed in the nostrils and releases nicotine into the bloodstream very quickly. Not recommended for those with allergies, asthma, nasal or sinus condition.

Does Nicotine Replacement Therapy really work?

Nicotine Replacement Therapy is what it is, nicotine replacement therapy.
It helps to remove the desire of lighting a cigarette and smoking but it is still supplying small dosage of nicotine into your body.
The purpose of the nicotine replacement therapy system is to make your body get use to lesser and lesser nicotine until you don’t need it anymore.

Remember, your nicotine addiction is still there as long as you continue to receive nicotine in whatever form, NRT included, it means you are still addicted to nicotine. You are still not strong enough to give up nicotine completely. 

So should you avoid using Nicotine Replacement Therapy?

No, many have used nicotine replacement therapy and helped them kick the habit. Quitting is NOT easy and no two person are alike. Just remember nicotine replacement therapy is meant to make your body get use to lower dosage of nicotine and eventually get rid of your addiction.

Last but not least.

Remember: Nicotine Replacement Therapy is not meant for long term usage or replacement for cigarettes. It’s used to wean you of nicotine not switch dependency. If you have tried Nicotine Replacement Therapy before and if it doesn’t work for you then I am afraid you will have to look for another alternative where choices are aplenty.