Stop Smoking Medication

What is Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)?

Can anyone use NRT?

Can I use NRT while I'm pregnant?

Where can I get NRT?

What is Zyban and who can use it?

What is Champix and who can use it?


What is Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)?

Nicotine products such as patches and gum are often called Nicotine Replacement Therapy, or NRT for short. They help you to deal with nicotine withdrawal cravings, and double your chances of successfully going smokefree.


Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) gives your body nicotine without the harmful effects of smoking or chewing tobacco. The idea is to gradually reduce your addiction by using a low nicotine dose to take the edge off the cravings.


There are many options available in addition to nicotine patches and gum, including microtabs (small tablets), lozenges, nasal sprays and inhalators. You can get free NRT (terms and conditions apply) from the Stop Smoking Service.

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Can anyone use NRT?

Nicotine Replacement Therapy is suitable for most people, but you should check with your Stop Smoking Specialist or doctor if you are pregnant, have a heart or circulatory condition, or if you take regular medication.

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Can I use NRT while I'm pregnant?

Most pregnant women can use NRT. It's important to talk it through with your Smokefree Pregnancy advisor, doctor or midwife first. They can help you to weigh up the risks of continuing to smoke against the benefits of stopping using NRT. Using NRT is safer than smoking because it doesn't contain poisons like tar or carbon monoxide.

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Where can I get NRT?

You can get Nicotine Replacement Therapy products FREE when you take the next step with the Stop Smoking Service. You will get free NRT (terms and conditions apply) to help you through the process.

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What is Zyban and who can use it?

Zyban is a medicine that alters the way your body responds to nicotine. You start taking Zyban a couple of weeks before you quit and then continue the treatment to help you through the withdrawal cravings. Zyban is only available on prescription.

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What is Champix and who can use it?

Champix is a stop smoking medicine that is only available on prescription. Champix works by reducing your craving for a cigarette and by reducing the effects you feel if you do have a cigarette. You set a date to stop smoking, and start taking tablets 1 or 2 weeks before this date. Treatment normally lasts for 12 weeks.

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Please note, some of the content has been adapted from smokefree.nhs.uk


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