Resource Summary

Clinical Question:
In patients ready to make a smoking cessation attempt^ how effective are registered first-line medications and what are the potential concerns?

There are four first-line options of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) (gum^ patch^ lozenge^ or inhaler) and all improve the chance of abstinence from smoking. For every 17 patients treated with NRT^ one will remain abstained from smoking at six months. Adverse events are low but supportive follow-up will allow monitoring and can improve cessation.

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Publication Date: 2013-10-28
Last Updated on PCR: 2017-03-31 16:30:01