Are there any risks in taking nicotine replacement therapy after quiting smoking?

Not clear. The long term effects of nrt are not clear, however, dependence upon the replacement is possible. Yet, compared to smoking itself, I suspect the long term effects of nrt pale in comparison. There have been no links to increased cancer or cholesterol or heart disease with long term use of nrt.

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I am finding it hard to quit smoking. Please advise on nicotine replacement therapy.

Blood should help! I hope experts in nicotine also answer - but let me add this to whatever they say. A part of smoking that is actually good for you is the breath pattern. It is the best way to clear old air, lowers BP and helps us relax. So, when folk quit - they lose this. Don't! Keep doing that pattern as often and long as if you were smoking - just w/o the tobacco. It will help!

I stopped smoking and using nicotine replacement therapy at the same time. Is this safe?

Sure. Smoking while on nicotine replacement would be harmful. Stopping smoking and starting NRT is fine, as long as it ultimately helps you quit smoking.

To stop smoking who should use nicotine replacement therapy?

Anyone. Who can't stop on their own and who won't or cannot take Chantix or wellbutrin (bupropion).

What are the best tips to quit cigarettes without nicotine replacement therapy?

Education & support. Nicotine replacement (gum or patch) continues the addiction to nicotine. At some point u will have to go through withdrawal. Smoking cessation programs often offer gum & patch but u can quit w just the support & education. There's also nicotine anonymous, based on the 12 steps of aa. Wellbutrin (bupropion) & Chantix r meds that can help w cravings but neither works 4 everyone. Nic cravings r only 3-5 mins.

What are the side effects of undergoing nicotine replacement therapy?

Depends on strategy. With the nicotine patch, it is sometimes redness around the patch site. Be sure to alternate sites. With the gum and lozenge, not much, but people complain about the taste sometimes. With the inhaler, not too many issues. With the nasal spray, some people feel it triggers thoughts of other drugs if they have a history of snorting other drugs.

What, if any, are the long-term effects of using a nicotine replacement therapy?

Not clear. The long term effects of nrt are not clear, however, dependence upon the replacement is possible. Yet, compared to smoking itself, I suspect the long term effects of nrt pale in comparison. There have been no links to increased cancer or cholesterol or heart disease with long term use of nrt.

Has nicotine replacement therapy worked for anyone?

Yes. If you are motivated, and truly hooked on nicotine, then nicotine patches can help a lot with the cravings. If you are not motivated, it won't help much.
Yes. If you are motivated, and truly hooked on nicotine, then nicotine patches can help a lot with the cravings. If you are not motivated, it won't help much.

Does nicotine replacement therapy work for anyone at all?

Yes. If you are motivated, and truly hooked on nicotine, then nicotine patches can help a lot with the cravings. If you are not motivated, it won't help much.

Is there anyone who must not use nicotine replacement therapy?

Probably. Those with allergy to nicotine, unstable heart conditions, and periperal arterial conditions including rayneuds. Of course, they shouldn't be smoking either.