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, also known as nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), increases your chances of successfully quitting. In fact, your chances of quitting are greatly increased when you:
Use 2 forms of quit medication at the same time. Combining long-acting (patch) and faster-acting (gum or lozenge) nicotine replacement therapy is encouraged for greater likelihood of quitting. Learn about Combining Quit Medications below.
If you haven’t succeeded with one path in the past, you may do well with trying another.
Info on Free Patches, Gum & Lozenges and Other Quit Medications
The most commonly used family of quit medications are nicotine replacement therapy, like patches, gum and lozenges. 802Quits offers these FREE to people trying to quit tobacco and delivers them directly to your home. Free quit medications arrive within 10 days of ordering. You can get free patches before your quit date as long as you have a quit date within 30 days before enrolling to receive the services.
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.
A prescription is needed for all nicotine replacement therapy and oral quit medications. However, a provider can decide if an office visit is necessary or not.
Types of Quit Medications
If you’ve tried one path in the past and it didn’t work, consider trying another.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy Quit Medications
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 you to control your dosage.
Placed in the mouth like hard candy. Offers the same benefits of gum without chewing.
If you want to use patches and gum or lozenges, there are 3 options for how to get them, how much you get and what it costs:
1.Sign up with 802Quits and get between 2 and 8 weeks of FREE patches, PLUS gum or lozenges. Learn more.
2.If you have Medicaid and a prescription, you can receive unlimited preferred brands of patches and gum or lozenges or up to 16 weeks of non-preferred brands at no cost to you. Ask your doctor for details.
3.If you have other medical insurance you may have access to free or discounted NRT with a prescription. Ask your doctor for details.
Prescription-only Quit Medications
Cartridge attached to a mouthpiece. Inhaling 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.
Pump bottle containing nicotine. Similar to an inhaler, the spray releases a specific amount of nicotine.
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. Check with your pharmacy for cost information. Medicaid covers up to 24 weeks of Zyban® and Chantix®.
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 long-acting patch with either gum or lozenges, which are faster acting.
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
Feeling irritable, grouchy or on-edge
Trouble thinking clearly or concentrating
Feeling restless and jumpy
Slower heart rate
Increased hunger or gaining weight