Individual nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) agents in the form of gum, lozenge, patch, nasal spray, or inhaler are more effective than using none.
Single-agent nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is less effective than combining the long-acting patch with a short-acting form such as gum, lozenge, or inhaler.
If you wish to use NRT, your clinician may recommend a combination of long- and short-acting NRT as initial therapy.
Other first-line medications that are non-nicotine containing include:
- varenicline (Chantix) tablets
- Bupropion (Wellbutrin) tablets
After consideration of your medical history, specific safety concerns, contraindications (eg, bupropion is contraindicated in patients who have seizures), and cost, the choice of agent is based largely on your preference after discussion with your clinician.