Nicotine replacement therapy (part 1)


  • Welcome
  • The dangers of smoking
  • Nicotine addiction
  • Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)
  • Transdermal patches
  • How to use NRT patches
  • NRT gum
  • Cut down then stop
  • Action & Evaluation


This CPD module is about nicotine replacement therapy, gum and patch formats. It explains how to use these products to best effect to help patients to quit smoking. Part 2 considers other formats of NRT.



To be able to effectively advise patients about the correct use of NRT and to support them in their stop smoking attempts.


After completing this module you should have a better understanding of:

  • The dangers of smoking
  • Nicotine addiction
  • How NRT works
  • How to advise on the use of gum and patch formats of NRT.


Alan Nathan is a pharmacy writer and consultant

About this module

Once you have completed this module, record your learning and how you applied it in your practice using the action and evaluation record at the end, which will then be stored in your personal learning log. You must be registered on the website to do this.

Continuing professional development (CPD) is a statutory requirement for pharmacists. Completion of this module will contribute to the nine pieces of CPD that must be recorded a year, as stipulated by the GPhC.


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