When you enroll your patient into Be Well Arkansas, the wellness counselors will help your patient develop a quit plan and provide free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). NRT can help remedy the withdrawal patients feel when quitting tobacco by reducing the nicotine cravings.
Please see the chart below for NRT types and descriptions. The blue highlighted options indicate NRT offered by Be Well Arkansas.
|NRT||How to Get Them||How to Use Them|
|Patch||Over the Counter||Place on the skin. Gives a small and steady amount of nicotine.|
|Gum||Over the Counter||Chew to release nicotine. Chew until you get a tingling feeling, then place between cheek and gums.|
|Lozenge||Over the Counter||Place in the mouth like hard candy. Releases nicotine as it slowly dissolves in the mouth.|
|Inhaler||Prescription||Cartridge attached to a mouthpiece. Inhaling through the mouthpiece gives a specific amount of nicotine.|
|Nasal Spray||Prescription||Pump bottle containing nicotine. Put into nose and spray.|
Although NRT is safe and effective in reducing the urge to quit tobacco, it will not completely take away the urge to use tobacco products. When combined with counseling or evidence-based interventions, it can improve your patient’s chances of success of quitting tobacco.
Refer your patient to Be Well Arkansas by filling out this form. You can stay up-to-date on your patient’s progress.
To learn more about tobacco treatment options, review the Medications Guide for Physicians.