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Nicotine Lozenge

Like nicotine gum, nicotine lozenges can be purchased over-the-counter and are available in 2mg and 4mg strengths. Nicotine lozenges work by depositing nicotine in the mouth, where it is absorbed through the mucous membranes. So suck on the lozenge until it is fully dissolved, about 20 to 30 minutes. Do not bite, chew or swallow the lozenge. As some drinks can reduce the effectiveness of lozenges, do not eat or drink anything 15 minutes before and while using the lozenge. Nicotine lozenges are typically recommended for use as part of a 12-week program. The recommended starting dose is one lozenge every 1 to 2 hours for six weeks. The amount of lozenges per day is then tapered down for the remaining six weeks to wean the user off nicotine. Do not exceed five lozenges in six hours or 20 lozenges in one day. If you feel that you need to use lozenges for more than 12 weeks, talk to your doctor. Side effects include insomnia, nausea, hiccups, coughing, heartburn, headache and gas. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if nicotine lozenges are right for you.
Review Date: 
December 8, 2015

Last Updated:
December 8, 2015