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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


nicotine replacement therapy  listen  (NIH-kuh-TEEN reh-PLAYS-ment THAYR-uh-pee)

  A type of treatment that uses special products to give small, steady doses of nicotine to help stop cravings and relieve symptoms that occur when a person is trying to quit smoking. These products include nicotine gum, nicotine inhaler, nicotine nasal spray, nicotine lozenges, and nicotine patch, and some are available without a prescription. They do not contain any of the other chemicals found in tobacco products.