NRT – Gum

Nicotine Replacement Therapy Gum can effectively provide quick relief from cravings or withdrawal symptoms when you quit smoking. The gum is available in a 2 mg and 4 mg strength. If you smoke more than half a pack every day, start with the 4 mg strength. If you smoke less than half a pack every day, start with the 2 mg strength. Start by chewing 10 to 20 pieces/day and once you have quit, reduce by one piece per day each week, but it is important to use the gum regularly for 3 months, and then just as needed
(week 1 = 15 pieces per day, week 2 = 14 pieces per day and so on). Keep NRT gum on hand in case you run into a difficult situation that makes you want to smoke.

It is important to use the gum as directed, and not to chew it like regular gum. The proper technique is to put a piece in your mouth, bite on it twice until you feel the tingle and then park it for one minute, then repeat. So to recap: bite, bite, park. The gum will lose it’s tingle in about 30 minutes at which time you can spit it out.

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