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Learn how your nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) works, why you need it, and how to make your quit stick with smoking cessation expert Dr. Mark and Blip Co-Founder Princess Gollum.
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What is Nicotine Replacement Therapy?

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How many lozenges or pieces of gum should I use each day?

Frequently Asked

What is Blip?

Blip is here to get you off. We help smokers and vapers quit with FDA-approved nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) that can double your chances of success, expert-vetted tools and advice, and a real support system that knows what you’re going through.

What is NRT?

NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapy) is a safe, FDA-approved medication that helps adults quit smoking by curbing cravings and reducing withdrawal symptoms. NRT delivers small amounts of nicotine to the brain—through lozenges or gum—without the toxic chemicals found in cigarette smoke. Studies show that using NRT can double your chances of quitting successfully.

Is NRT safe?

Yes, NRT is FDA-approved as a safe and effective treatment for adults who want to quit smoking.

Why do I need to take nicotine to quit nicotine?

When you stop smoking, your brain craves nicotine. Withdrawal symptoms look a little different for everyone, but quitting cold turkey (aka stopping immediately without NRT or a tapering plan) can make those cravings more intense. NRT helps relieve the physical symptoms of withdrawal, like cravings, anxiety, stress, or frustration, so you can spend more time changing the behaviors and habits that make you want to smoke in the first place.

Can I use NRT to quit vapes/e-cigarettes?

Like traditional cigarettes, vape addiction is also caused by nicotine. While in theory the same medications and treatments used to quit smoking (like NRT) should also work for vaping, more research is needed. In the meantime, chat with your healthcare provider if you’re thinking about using NRT to quit vaping.

Can I use NRT if I am < 18 years old?

Smokers under the age of 18 will need a prescription from a healthcare provider or pediatrician to use NRT.

I switched to vaping so I would stop smoking cigarettes. What should I do now that I’m ready to fully quit?

Unlike vapes, NRT is a proven, FDA-approved method for quitting smoking. Blip is here when you’re ready to go all the way.

What’s the best way to quit smoking?

There’s no right or wrong way to quit smoking—everyone’s process is a little different. The most effective methods usually involve a combination of medication (like NRT) and behavioral support (like a quit line or counseling). Blip helps you out with both.

What if I need to use my NRT for longer than 12 weeks?

Some people may need longer than 12 weeks to quit—and that’s okay. If you want to use NRT for a longer period, talk to your healthcare provider and set a timeline that works for you.

Can I use e-cigarettes/vapes to quit smoking?

E-cigarettes and vapes have not been approved as cessation devices in the U.S. More research is needed to understand the potential risks and benefits of using vapes to quit.

What should I do if I experience nausea or hiccups from my NRT?

Follow the directions on your NRT closely to avoid any side effects (that means no continuous chewing or sucking). If you’re using a 4 mg NRT, consider switching to 2 mg for a lighter dose. If your symptoms continue, talk to your healthcare provider.

How often can I use my NRT?

You can use Blip NRT as often as you need it (especially when cravings pop up), but try to stick to a maximum of 20 lozenges or 24 pieces of gum per day.

How many lozenges/pieces of gum should I use each day?

We suggest starting with 8-12 pieces per day and gradually cutting back over time. During the first 6 weeks of your treatment, use one lozenge or piece of gum every 1-2 hours to stay on track. After that, you’ll slowly wean yourself off, cutting down to every 2-4 hours and THEN every 4-9 hours before stopping completely when you hit week 12.

What are the most common side effects of NRT?

Nausea, hiccups, and sore throat are common while you’re using NRT, especially during the first few days of treatment. Talk to your healthcare provider if you experience less common side effects, like dizziness, heart palpitations, or mouth sores.

Can I still smoke while using NRT?

We don’t recommend it. Smoking while using NRT can increase your risk of side effects and interrupt your quit process. 

How long should I use NRT?

Everyone’s timeline looks a little different, but it’s generally recommended to use NRT for at least 12 weeks. Completing all 12 weeks of your treatment can help you stay quit in the long run.

What should I do if I accidentally swallow my NRT?

Don’t eat your NRT, please! If you accidentally swallow nicotine gum or lozenges, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Why do nicotine gum and lozenges tingle and what is happening when it does?

The tingling sensation in the NRT gum is from the nicotine, and means it’s time to park the gum and let it do its work. With the NRT lozenge, you may feel a warm sensation or tingling. This is normal and is just the nicotine being released from the lozenge.

Can I eat immediately before or while using my NRT?

Do not eat or drink 15 minutes before using or while the NRT is in your mouth since this may affect the efficacy of the NRT.

Can I use NRT while pregnant or breastfeeding?

If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, only use this medicine on the advice of your health care provider.

Can I use my FSA?

You can use your FSA tax-preferred savings account to purchase NRT products including Blip gum and lozenge without a prescription.*


*Plan details can vary, so make sure to save your receipts and check with your benefits for eligibility to purchase Blip products.

Can I use my HSA?

You can use your health savings account (HSA) to purchase NRT products including Blip gum and lozenge without a prescription.*


*Plan details can vary, so make sure to save your receipts and check with your benefits for eligibility to purchase Blip products.

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