Reporting on the outcome of a recent health study, the quit smoking service QuitFullStop comes to learn that quit smoking treatment in the form of a nicotine patch, when used during pregnancy, may not be as successful as first thought.
It was the largest clinical trial ever to be carried out and one which discovered very little evidence to suggest that the quit smoking patch is capable of helping pregnant women to overcome the urge to smoke cigarettes.
During the study, it was noted that after just 1 month only 10% of participants wore patches, showing therapy to be counterproductive in curbing the potential onset of health risks, such as miscarriage, preterm delivery, birth defects, and even sudden infant death.
Researcher Tim Coleman, MD, of the University of Nottingham, reiterates the significance of the medical data arguing that standard-dose nicotine replacement therapy is not a useful strategy for this particular demographic to achieve their goal.
"There is no evidence that standard-dose nicotine replacement therapy works, so I can't see much point in recommending it to women who are pregnant," he says.
According to the CDC, almost half (45%) of women who smoked before falling pregnant were successful in quitting, however more than 13% of women report smoking during their last 3 months of pregnancy.
Further information on the study can be found in the March 1 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.
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