FDA: Patients can use nicotine replacement aids for longer

FDA: Patients can use nicotine replacement aids for longer

POSTED: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 10:00pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 10:04pm

People trying to quit smoking can now have help from nicotine patches and gum longer than previously recommended.

The Food and Drug Administration is allowing manufacturers to change the labels on nicotine replacement products.

Now, users can smoke while using the products and can use them for longer than the recommended twelve weeks, as long as they are under a doctor's care.

Experts say the limits were keeping people from succeeding in their efforts to quit. They say the changes could prevent relapses.

  

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