- Medications help with reducing and quitting tobacco (cigarettes, chewing tobacco and snuff).
- These products help by reducing cravings for nicotine, the addictive drug found in tobacco.
- They also reduce physical withdrawal symptoms from nicotine, like irritable mood, restlessness and trouble sleeping.
- You can then focus on the mental side of quitting tobacco.
- It is best to use medication and counselling together to maximize your chances of quitting tobacco for good.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT):
- Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) gives your body nicotine, the addictive drug found in tobacco. These products do not contain the 7000 poisons found in cigarettes, cigarette smoke or chewing tobacco.
- These products are available in different forms, including: patch, gum, lozenge/candy and inhaler.
- You can start using nicotine products before your quit day to reduce tobacco use slowly or on your quit day to quit right away.
- NRT DOUBLES your chances of quitting tobacco for good.
How To Get Medications:
- Visit your health centre to talk to a Nurse or Doctor.
- If your community has a pharmacy, take your prescription to the Pharmacist. The Pharmacist will then fill it.
- If your community does not have a pharmacy, your Nurse can fax the prescription to the nearest pharmacy. The pharmacy will fill your prescription and ship it to your health centre.
- Talk to one of our quit coaches by phone at 1-866-368-7848, Facebook, email firstname.lastname@example.org or live chat. They can help you decide what product is right for you.
- Call or visit your pharmacy to discuss your medication options. Some are available without a prescription.
- Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) and most other health insurance plans cover the cost of quit medication.