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Source: Molyneux A. Nicotine replacement therapy. BMJ 2004;328;454-456

Formulation    Dose    Use
Patch    16hr patch: 15, 10, or 5 mg;
24hr patch: 21, 14, or 7 mg
Apply one patch daily on clean, unbroken skin
Remove before bed (16hr patch) or next morning (24hr)
Apply new patch, to a fresh site
Gum    2 or 4 mg per pieceChew gum until taste is strong, then rest gum between gum and cheek
Chew again when taste has faded
Inhalator    10 mg per cartridgeInhale as required
Sublingual tablet2 or 4 mg per pieceRest under tongue until dissolved
Lozenge    1, 2, or 4 mg per piecePlace between gum and cheek and allow to dissolve
Nasal spray10 mg/ml, 0.5 mg per sprayOne spray each nostril as required


Side effects for all formulations: sore throat, hiccups, indigestion, nausea, headache, palpitations (but without hiccups for the inhalator and plus itching, erythema, and rash for patches)

Smokers should be advised not to smoke while using NRT products

 
 
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