About Nicotine Replacement Therapy, Prescription Medications, & Other Quit Aids

There are nicotine replacement therapies (NRT), prescription medications, and other quit aids that can help you deal with withdrawal symptoms and can lessen the urge to smoke when quitting. Using these products can double your chances of quitting.

Free NRT, like the patch or a combination of the patch and nicotine gum, is available through Tobacco Free Florida, when medically appropriate and while supplies last. Click here for more information about our free services.

If your doctor prescribes you a medication to help you quit smoking, you can still tap into our free services for additional help including quit counseling.

You should only use products that have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as these products have been proven safe and effective. Only use them as directed on the product label. Using unapproved products could derail your quit attempt and prolong your battle with tobacco addiction. Even worse, non FDA-approved products can carry serious health risks. NRT is only approved for sale to adults age 18 or older. If you’re younger, other options may be available through your health care provider or Tobacco Free Florida.

NRT, prescription medications and other quit aids are best used as part of a personalized quit plan. Tobacco Free Florida has free resources that can help you create the plan that’s right for you. Click here to learn more.

Over-the-Counter (OTC) NRTs Include:

Skin Patches: Available as a generic product known as transdermal nicotine patches, as private-label products, and under brand names like Habitrol and Nicoderm. These patches are affixed to the skin, similar to how you would apply an adhesive bandage.

Chewing Gum: Available as a generic product known as nicotine gum, as private-label products, and under brand names like Nicorette.

Lozenges: Available as a generic product known as nicotine lozenges, as private-label products, and under brand names like Commit.

Prescription-Only NRTs Include:

A nasal spray and an oral inhaler are available under brand names like Nicotrol.

Non-Nicotine Quit Aids:

Prescription-only non-nicotine medications, like Chantix (varenicline tartrate) and Zyban (buproprion), are approved by the FDA to help patients quit smoking. They show very promising results for patients in their quit attempts by decreasing cravings and withdraw symptoms. Both carry serious risks, and patients should be made aware of these risks and monitored during use.