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Nicotine lozenges

Nicotine lozenges or tablets are not swallowed; instead they are generally placed under the tongue. They are available without a prescription and are easy to use too. Nicotine is absorbed through the mouth into the blood stream. But nicotine lozenges are likely to cause headaches, heartburns and flatulence at times.

How is Nicotine Lozenges used?
Many people follow the information given on the label of the nicotine lozenge package to take the medicament. But it is better that you ask a pharmacist or get instructions from a doctor before you start taking lozenge.
Given below are some of the generally followed ways of using nicotine lozenge:

  • Take nicotine lozenge as prescribed and directed by your physician
  • Nicotine lozenge dissolves very slowly in the mouth
  • Don't chew or swallow nicotine, just place it in your mouth and use your tongue to move it from one side to the other.
  • It takes around 30 minutes for lozenge to dissolve completely
  • Don't take lozenge for more than 12 weeks
  • Do not eat with lozenge in your mouth
  • Nicotine lozenge is generally taken 15 minutes after eating or drinking
  • Take the 4 mg nicotine lozenge if you smoke within the first 30 minutes of waking up in the morning; else take the 2 mg lozenge
  • Use lozenge every 1-2 hours for the first 6 weeks of treatment, 2-4 hours for weeks 7 to 9, and 4-8 hours for weeks 10 to 12.
  • Taking at least 9 lozenges per day increase the chance to quit smoking
  • Never use than more 1 lozenge at a time, or one right after the other
  • Don't take more than 5 lozenges in 6 hours or 20 lozenges in a day
  • Consult a doctor if you can't quit smoking in 12 weeks

Special Precautions & Warnings:
You should consider the following points, before taking nicotine lozenges, for the best results:

  • Let your physician and the pharmacists know if you have an allergy for nicotine or any other medicines
  • Avoid nicotine lozenges if you are taking any other nicotine replacement therapies
  • Tell your doctor if you are taking any prescription or non-prescription medications, vitamins, herbal products or nutritional supplements
  • You may be required to alter your dose if you are taking any non-nicotine smoking cessation medicines like Chantix and Zyban, or other medicines for asthma and depression
  • Inform your doctor if you have a history of heart attack, stomach ulcer, irregular heart beat, diabetes or high blood pressure
  • Keep away from nicotine lozenges if are pregnant or a breast-feeding mother
  • Stop smoking once you begin the nicotine lozenges treatment as it may lead to nicotine overdose

Side effects:
Nicotine lozenges may sometimes cause moderate side effects. Inform your doctor if either of the following symptoms gets severe or does not go away:

  • heartburn
  • sore throat

However some side effects of nicotine lozenge can be serious. Call your doctor immediately if you experience either of the following symptoms:

  • mouth problems
  • irregular or fast heartbeat

Nicotine lozenges may cause other side effects. Talk to your physician if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication to quit smoking.

Storage:
  • keep the medication in its original container out of the reach of children and pets
  • store nicotine lozenges in room temperature away from heat and moisture
  • always wrap the lozenge in a paper when you throw it away
  • dispose off the outdated lozenge carefully

Overdose:
You may need to call emergency or take the victim to the nearest doctor if any of the following symptoms of Nicotine Lozenges overdose occurs:

  • Giddiness
  • Diarrhea
  • Weakness
  • Nausea
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Vomiting

Brand names

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Chantix (Varenicline) Champix Zyban (Bupropion) Nicotine Replacement Thrapies
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