FREE PATCHES, GUM & LOZENGES
Every quit attempt is a chance to figure out what works best for you. Whether you quit on your own or work with a Quit Coach, using quit medications increases your chances of successfully quitting. In fact, your chances of quitting are greatly increased when you:
- Combine quit medications with coaching help from a Vermont Quit Partner or Quit Help by Phone
- Use two forms of quit medication at the same time. Learn about Combining Quit Medications.
If you haven’t succeeded with one approach in the past, you may do well with trying another.
How to Get Free Patches, Gum & Lozenges and Other Quit Medications
NICOTINE REPLACEMENT THERAPY QUIT MEDICATIONS
The most commonly used family of quit medications are nicotine replacement therapy, like patches, gum and lozenges. These quit medications reduce cravings by giving your body a dose of nicotine that matches your addiction level. 802Quits offers these FREE to tobacco users trying to quit.
Place on the skin. Ideal for long-lasting craving relief. Gradually releases nicotine into your bloodstream.
Chew to release nicotine. Helpful way to reduce cravings. Allows users to control their dosage.
Placed in the mouth like hard candy. Offers the same benefits of gum without chewing.
If you want to use patches, gum or lozenges, there are 3 options for how to get them, how much you get and what it costs:
- Sign up with 802Quits and get between 2 and 8 weeks of FREE patches PLUS gum or lozenges. Compare your 802Quits options.
- If you have Medicaid and a prescription, you’ll receive 16 weeks of gum or lozenges PLUS patches. Ask your doctor for details.
- If you have other medical insurance you may have access to free or discounted NRT with a prescription. Ask your doctor for details.
In addition to FREE patches, gum and lozenges from 802Quits, there are other types of quit medications providers can prescribe that help with quitting and maintaining your success.
PRESCRIPTION ONLY QUIT MEDICATIONS
Cartridge attached to a mouthpiece. Inhaling releases a specific amount of nicotine.
Pump bottle containing nicotine. Similar to an inhaler, the spray releases a specific amount of nicotine.
Can be helpful in reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms, such as anxiety and irritability. May be used in combination with nicotine replacement therapy products like patches, gum and lozenges.
Reduces the severity of cravings and withdrawal symptoms—does not contain nicotine. Lessens sense of pleasure from tobacco. Should not be combined with other medications.
If you are on medication for depression and/or anxiety, consult your doctor.
The items above are available by prescription only. Your doctor can provide information on how much medication you are able to receive. Check with your pharmacy for cost information. Zyban® and Chantix™ are covered by Medicaid.
Not sure which form of additional 802Quits support is right for you? Compare what you can expect from each type of FREE quit help, including available quit medications.
There can be side effects from quit medications. Side effects will vary from person to person. However, very few people (less than 5%) have to stop using quit medications because of side effects.
Combining Quit Medications
Compared to going cold turkey, using patches, gum and lozenges can dramatically increase your chances of successfully quitting tobacco. But you can boost your odds even more by combining the patch with either gum or lozenges.
Why? The patch delivers a steady stream of nicotine for 24 hours, so you get long-acting, consistent relief from withdrawal symptoms, such as headaches and irritability. Meanwhile, the gum or lozenge delivers a small amount of nicotine within 15 minutes, helping you to manage tough situations and keeping your mouth busy as you ride out the cravings.
Used together, the patch and the gum or lozenge can provide much better relief from nicotine cravings than they can when used alone.
It’s likely you will experience withdrawal symptoms soon after you quit tobacco. These symptoms are the strongest during the first two weeks after you quit and should go away shortly. Withdrawal symptoms are different for everyone. Some of the more common ones include:
- Feeling down or sad
- Trouble sleeping
- Feeling irritable, grouchy or on-edge
- Trouble thinking clearly or concentrating
- Feeling restless and jumpy
- Slower heart rate
- Increased hunger or gaining weight