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Combining the nicotine patch with an ad libitum type of NRT increases success rates.

Use of the patch to establish a background level of nicotine, combined with using gum, inhaler/inhalator or nasal spray when cravings occur, may provide better control of withdrawal. Most guidelines recommend combined NRT as a first line treatment. There is no evidence that using more than one form is likely to lead to nicotine overdose (see Safety section).

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