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Over the Counter How It Works Length of Treatment Possible Side Effects Nicotine Patch* Gives you nicotine Some of these products may conflict with certain other medications or medical conditions. If you have questions, ask your pharmacist or doctor. *These products contain nicotine. Don't smoke or use tobacco while using a nicotine product. Doing so could give you a dangerous overdose of nicotine. 33 through the skin at a constant rate Ask your doctor about combining the patch with nicotine gum or nasal spray Take smaller and smaller doses over about 2 months ■■ Skin rash, itching ■■ Trouble sleeping ■■ Nausea Nicotine Gum* Gives you nicotine through the mouth Take smaller and smaller doses over about 2 to 3 months ■■ Sore mouth or jaw ■■ Indigestion, hiccups ■■ Dizziness, nausea Nicotine Lozenges* Gives you nicotine through the mouth Take smaller and smaller doses over about 3 months ■■ Sore mouth ■■ Belching, hiccups ■■ Dizziness, nausea, weakness Prescription Only How It Works Length of Treatment Possible Side Effects Nicotine Nasal Spray* Gives you nicotine through the nose Works more quickly than other nicotine products Use for 3 to 6 months ■■ Irritated nose, eyes, throat ■■ Coughing, sneezing ■■ Anxiety, restlessness Nicotine Inhaler* Nicotine is breathed in through the mouth Use for up to 6 months; take smaller and smaller doses over about 3 months ■■ Mouth and throat irritation ■■ Coughing Bupropion SR Reduces withdrawal symptoms and urges Does not contain nicotine Start 2 weeks before you quit, then take for 2 to 6 months ■■ Trouble sleeping ■■ Dry mouth ■■ Shakiness, anxiety ■■ Skin rash Varenicline Blocks withdrawal symptoms and urges Does not contain nicotine Start 1 week before you quit, then take for 3 months ■■ Nausea, vomiting ■■ Trouble sleeping ■■ Constipation, gas


P750-A 7 Steps to a Healthy Heart
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