Continuing Education Activity
Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is for those who want to quit smoking, as abruptly quitting can cause withdrawals and cravings. Nicotine withdrawal occurs after smoking cigarettes discontinues suddenly. Using NRT helps reduce the motivation of smoking cigarettes because the body still gets nicotine from another safer method. Nicotine comes in a patch, lozenge, inhalers, spray, and gum forms and can provide the body the dose of nicotine that it previously got from cigarettes. This activity outlines the indications, mechanism of action, methods of administration, significant adverse effects, contraindications, monitoring, and toxicity of NRT, so providers can direct patient therapy to help them in smoking cessation.
- Identify the indications for using nicotine replacement therapy.
- Summarize the physiological/therapeutic effects of nicotine and how it assists in smoking cessation.
- Review the possible adverse effects of nicotine replacement therapy.
- Outline the importance of collaboration and communication among interprofessional team members to improve outcomes and treatment efficacy for patients who might benefit from therapy with nicotine replacement therapy for smoking cessation.