FULLY SUBSIDISED NRT

TOSS can provide you with a range of free, fully subsidised NRT options to support your quit attempts. These options include Nicotine patches, Nicotine Gum and Nicotine Lozenges. Please see below for more information.

How do they work?

The nicotine patch works by providing some of the nicotine that you would have otherwise received from cigarette smoke. The patch provides a lower dose of nicotine through the skin, slowly absorbed over the course of the day. The nicotine it provides reduces your urge to smoke and other withdrawal symptoms.

You might notice a little bit of redness under the patch, and this might get a bit itchy at times - this is normal.

How much should I take?

The nicotine patch comes in three strengths: 21mg, 14mg and 7mg. In general, smokers should start with the high dose patch. The medium and low dose patches are used mainly for 'weaning' people at the end of treatment, although this is not strictly needed.

You should use your patches for at least 8 - 12 weeks. Even if you slip up and smoke, don't stop using the patches.

It's important to remember that nicotine does not cause cancer or heart and lung disease. The patch is safe to use.

How do I take the medicine?

  • Following removal of the backing, the patch should be immediately applied to a clean, non-hairy, dry areas of skin.

  • Hold the patch in position for 10 - 20 seconds with the palm of the hand to ensure it sticks to the skin.

  • The patch should be removed the next morning (if it is a 24 hour patch) or at night before going to bed (if it is a 16 hour patch).

  • Apply the patch to a different site each day.

  • The full strength patch should be used for 8 - 12 weeks. If the medium and low strength patches are used for weaning then the medium strength patch can be used during weeks 9 and 10, and the low strength during weeks 11 and 12.

Who should not take the medicine?

Children under 12 and people who have had a previous allergic reaction to patches.

Habitrol® Nicotine Lozenge

How do they work?

The nicotine lozenge works by providing some of the nicotine that you would have otherwise received from cigarette smoke. The gum provides a lower dose of nicotine that is slowly absorbed compared to cigarettes. The nicotine it provides reduces your urge to smoke and other withdrawal symptoms.

Remember - it's no magic cure and some effort on your part will still be required.

How much should I take?

If you smoke your first cigarette of the day within 60 minutes of waking you should use the 2 mg lozenge. If you smoke after 60 minutes of waking you can start on the 1mg lozenge, but can increase the dose if 1mg is not enough.

How do I take the medicine?

The lozenge is easy to use, but there is a technique to chewing it. First, suck a lozenge until you get a strong (sometimes hot and peppery) taste. When this appears, stop sucking and rest it between your cheek and gums. This gives time for the nicotine to be absorbed across the lining of your mouth. When the taste starts to fade you should start sucking the lozenge again. You can keep sucking it in this way for around 30 minutes. After 30 minutes you can spit the remaining lozenge out and have a break. You should use the lozenge for 8 - 12 weeks.

Who should not take the medicine?

Children under 12 and people who have had a previous allergic reaction to the lozenge.

Adverse effects:

Nicotine from the lozenge may sometimes cause a slight irritation of the mouth and throat and increase salivation at the start of treatment. Excessive swallowing of dissolved nicotine may, at first, cause hiccuping.

Habitrol® Nicotine Gum

How do they work?

The nicotine gum works by providing some of the nicotine that you would have otherwise received from cigarette smoke. The gum provides a lower dose of nicotine that is slowly absorbed compared to cigarettes. The nicotine it provides reduces your urge to smoke and other withdrawal symptoms.

Remember - it's no magic cure and some effort on your part will still be required.

How much should I take?

If you smoke your first cigarette of the day within 60 minutes of waking you should use the 4 mg gum. If you smoke after 60 minutes of waking you can start on the 2mg gum, but can increase the dose if 2mg is not enough.

How do I take the medicine?

The gum is easy to use, but there is a technique to chewing it. First, chew a piece of gum until you get a strong (sometimes hot and peppery) taste. When this appears, stop chewing and rest it between your cheek and gums. This gives time for the nicotine to be absorbed across the lining of your mouth. When the taste starts to fade you should start chewing the gum again. You can keep chewing it in this way for around 30 minutes. After 30 minutes you can spit the gum out and have a break. You should use the gum for 8 - 12 weeks.

Who should not take the medicine?

Children under 12 and people who have had a previous allergic reaction to the gum.

Adverse effects:

Nicotine from the gum may sometimes cause a slight irritation of the mouth and throat and increase salivation at the start of treatment. Excessive swallowing of dissolved nicotine may, at first, cause hiccuping.