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Nicotine lozenge

The nicotine lozenge is like a throat lozenge. Each lozenge gives you a small amount of nicotine, which helps you stop wanting to smoke. The lozenge is safe, and research shows using it doubles your chance of quitting. You can get it at most drug stores, and it does not require a doctor’s prescription.

Benefits of using the nicotine lozenge

  • Reduces symptoms of nicotine withdrawal, which can include headaches, irritability and cravings.
  • You get to decide how many lozenges to use each day.
  • Can be combined with the nicotine patch to help reduce nicotine withdrawal.
  • Comes in different strengths depending on how you’re used to smoking or chewing.

How to use it

  • Put one lozenge in your mouth.
  • Allow the lozenge to slowly dissolve in your mouth.
  • Do not chew, swallow, or suck on the lozenge.
  • Move the lozenge from one side of the mouth to the other every few minutes, letting it dissolve. The lozenge should dissolve completely in about 30 minutes.
  • Do not drink coffee, tea, juices or colas when you have a lozenge in your mouth. The acid in these drinks will prevent your mouth from absorbing the nicotine.
  • Most people use the lozenge for about eight weeks. You can use it for a longer period of time if you need to.

PLEASE NOTE, this information is not intended to replace the manufacturer’s instructions provided with the nicotine lozenge. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding proper use of the nicotine lozenge and consult with your health care provider if you have questions about using this product.

How much should I use per day?

Talk to your health care provider about how much to use.

Before using the nicotine lozenge, let your health care provider know if you:

  • Have had a heart attack in the last two weeks.
  • Have had a stroke or TIA (mini-stroke) in the last two weeks.
  • Have a severe heart rhythm problem or a very fast heartbeat.
  • Have worsening angina or heart/chest pain.
  • Are pregnant or are actively trying to get pregnant.

Cost

A day’s supply of nicotine lozenges costs less per day than a pack of cigarettes! Remember to check with your employer or health plan to see if they pay for all or part of the lozenge. Learn more about how to get free patches, gum or lozenges from QUITPLAN® Services.

Side effects

See page 32 of the Quit Guide for common minor side effects. If you experience any side effects that worry you when using the nicotine lozenge, please contact your health care provider.

Important: If you experience swelling of the throat or mouth with difficulty breathing, stop using the lozenge and seek immediate medical assistance. This may be a very rare, but very serious allergic reaction to something in the lozenge.

Please note: This page includes detailed, current information about this medication. Some of the information on this page may not be included in the Quit Guide. The Quit Guide may include additional instructions regarding the use of this medication. You should always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using this medication and consult your health care provider if you have any questions.