What is NRT?
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How to use
Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)
Nicotine Replacement Therapy works by making a small amount of nicotine available to the body to counteract nicotine cravings and the other symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. Smoking conditions a smoker's body to receive a constant influx of nicotine via cigarettes whenever they smoke. When they quit, their body has to adjust to no longer receiving this nicotine. What NRT does is alleviate some of the uncomfortable aspects of this break with nicotine, allowing the process of weaning the body off nicotine to occur more gradually.
Many people find NRT most helpful during the first few weeks of them no longer smoking but, for others, the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal can persist for months. While the typical treatment programme envisions that you use the gum for around three months, some people may need to use NRT for longer than this. There is little data published on the long-term effects of the extended use of NRT but such usage does not appear to entail a significant higher risk. It is also acknowledged that, whatever this risk, it is certainly less than the effects of continued smoking. You should consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have concerns about the length of time that you have been using the gum.
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