Medication Overview

Last activity on July 22, 2024

Nicotine Delivery

This graph shows nicotine blood concentration levels one hour following the smoking of a cigarette or administration of various forms of NRT. It illustrates the different speed of delivery and elimination of nicotine delivered in cigarettes compared with NRT.

It will be necessary to manage patient expectations of what NRT can do for them and how NRT can never get nicotine to brain as fast as when it’s attached to tobacco smoke. Patients often complain or feel dissatisfied that NRT doesn’t take away cravings straight away, underscoring the importance of getting ahead of the urge to smoke. 

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