Combination therapy means using two types of nicotine replacement products, such as the nicotine patch and nicotine gum or lozenge, at the same time. You should talk to your doctor or pharmacist first before using combination therapy. They may recommend combination therapy if you have had cravings or not succeeded in quitting when using a single nicotine replacement product in the past.
Research suggests that using combination therapy increases your chances of quitting compared to using one product alone, and that it is better at suppressing cravings.
The approved combination for use in Australia are:
nicotine patch (15 mg, 16 hour patch; OR 21 mg, 24 hour patch)
nicotine gum (2mg) OR lozenge (1.5 or 2mg) OR inhalator OR mouth spray
After applying the patch to reduce withdrawal symptoms, nicotine gum or lozenge or inhalator or mouth spray is used to relieve cravings, which can be triggered by old smoking situations or emotions. The Consumer Medicine Information sheet that comes with the patches will tell you how long you should use them and how to stop using them.