What is the best duration for nicotine replacement therapy?Posted On April 25, 2017 525 smokers enrolled.Randomized groups for nicotine replacement via patch at 8, 24, 52 weeks6 month cessation rates were significantly higher if patches used for 24 wks. vs 8 wks.No adverse effects notedCost effective benefit long term.No additional therapeutic advantage with long term treatment (up to 52 weeks)Worsened adherence after 24 weeksLikely difficulties adhering to patch treatment for such a long period of time.A.24 week duration of treatment is best.Suggested use of Champix (varencicline tartrate) or combination nicotine replacement therapy for better results.Tags:smokingRelated Posts Even Short-term Oral Steroids Carry Serious Risk POEM 03.03.17 Magnesium for leg cramps…just as good as placebo? About The Author Robin ChanBSc, MBBS(Hons), FRACGP, FARGP. Background in the Australian Defence Force RAAMC, Royal Flying Doctor Service and Emergency Medicine. Robin enjoys medical education, systems of primary health care delivery and op-shopping.