What is nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)?

What is nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)?

Nicotine replacement therapies are a proven way to quit smoking. You just need to find the one that’s right for you. That’s where myduke® comes in.

What are NRTs?

Nicotine replacement therapies deliver carefully measured doses of nicotine into your system, reducing your cravings and improving your chances of quitting. Most of these are available over-the-counter at your local pharmacy, but some do require a prescription. The most common ones are nicotine patches and nicotine gum. 

Do I need a prescription?

Most nicotine replacement therapy is available over-the-counter in Australia, but Australian patients are also entitled to two 12-week courses of NRT (within a 12-month period) under the Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme

Which NRT is right for me?

myduke® can help you design the most effective quitting plan, whether that involves NRTs or a combination of therapies. Some studies have shown, for example, that slow-acting nicotine patches plus fast-acting gum can have better results. It all comes down to the individual, their circumstances, and their quitting goals. 

Nicotine gum

Nicotine gum is one type of NRT, and it works by replacing some of the nicotine you would normally get from cigarettes.  When you chew the gum, nicotine is released and absorbed through the lining of the mouth. Gum generally comes in two strengths: 2mg and 4mg. The correct dose will depend on several factors, and you should always chat to a medical professional to figure out what’s right for you.

Nicotine patches

Nicotine patches are a slower-acting NRT. They’re usually used in combination with a fast-acting NRT, like gum, to help you quit more effectively. The patch itself adheres to your skin, slowly releasing nicotine into the bloodstream throughout the day. Discount nicotine patches are available in Australia through the Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme (PBS), but you’ll need a valid prescription to qualify.

Other NRTs

There are other nicotine replacement therapies on the market, including lozenges, nasal sprays or inhalers. Each one comes with its own pros and cons. To figure out which NRT is right for you, book a consultation with a GP.

Are NRTs effective?

Nicotine replacement therapies have been an effective quitting aid for a long time. In fact, according to the International Journal of Health Sciences, NRT products have helped smokers improve their chances of quitting by 50% to 70%. Which cessation aid you choose will ultimately come down to personal preference, and should always be informed by expert medical advice.

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