Nicotine Withdrawal & NRT

Different people experience nicotine withdrawal in different ways. Fortunately, there are many products, both over-the-counter and prescription, that can help.

Understanding the possible symptoms of withdrawal is important as you prepare to quit. The FDA has approved seven products to help you manage the symptoms you experience. All of them are proven to work.

 

WITHDRAWAL

Withdrawal symptoms are the strongest the first 24-48 hours after quitting. They can last for hours, days, and sometimes weeks. *If you’re having a hard time with withdrawal symptoms, call the Utah Tobacco Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) or contact your doctor. *If this is a medical emergency please contact your doctor or call 911.

Headaches

Cravings

Depressed Mood

Insomnia

Irritability, frustration, or anger

Anxiety

Difficulty concentrating

Restlessness

Decreased heart rate

Increased appetite or weight gain

For more ways to deal with nicotine withdrawal visit:

CDC.gov

 

NRT

NRT= Nicotine Replacement Therapy which includes nicotine patches, gum, lozenge, inhaler, and nasal spray. The Utah Tobacco Quit Line provides free patches/gum to those who qualify.

Both over-the-counter and prescription products can help you through your nicotine withdrawal. See what Hooker and Danielle used to get through their symptoms:

Below, you can learn more about the different products available to you. You can also talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

How to Get:

Over-the-Counter

What it Does:

Placed on skin, it provides a small, controlled amount of nicotine

How to Get:

Over-the-Counter

What it Does:

Chew to release nicotine

How to Get:

Over-the-Counter

What it Does:

Slowly releases nicotine as it dissolves in the mouth

How to Get:

Prescribed by Doctor

What it Does:

Pump bottle inserted into the nose and sprayed to deliver a specific amount of nicotine to the user with each spray

How to Get:

Prescribed by Doctor

What it Does:

Cartridge attached to a mouthpiece that delivers a specific amount of nicotine to the user with each puff

Medications

Prescribed by Doctor

Over-the-Counter

What it Does:

Prescription medication (pills) that helps reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms and urges to smoke.

Contains no nicotine; can be used safely with nicotine replacement products.

How to Get:

Prescribed by Doctor

What it Does:

Prescription medication (pills) that eases nicotine withdrawal symptoms and blocks effects of nicotine from cigarettes if the user starts smoking again.

Contains no nicotine.

Medication needs to build up in your system before you can use it as a quit smoking method

For more details and other tools visit:

CDC.gov