Is it safe to take nicotine replacement therapy while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Yes. The best choice is to avoid nicotine exposure to the baby if possible, but compared to smoking, it is a much better option. Studies have shown dramatic short- and long-term risks to the developing baby when exposed to all the chemicals in tobacco. Carbon monoxide in smoking is far more dangerous than nicotine replacement, and can cause decreased oxygen levels to the baby's developing brain.
Nicotine replacement. Nicotine replacement therapy is a category c medication. This category is defined as drugs which, owing to their pharmacological effects, have caused or may be suspected of causing, harmful effects on the human foetus or neonate.

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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. Read more...

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! Read more...

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. Read more...

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. Read more...