The Nicorette® Lozenge (nicotine lozenge) is commonly used to help people stop smoking. Formerly known as Commit® Lozenges, Nicorette Lozenges are available without a prescription and work by releasing a controlled amount of nicotine as it dissolves in the mouth. This helps reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms, such as nicotine cravings, which occur when people stop smoking cigarettes.
Although this can be an effective way to quit smoking, the Nicorette Lozenge is not suitable for everyone. Information on the drug's safety issues should be fully reviewed before starting treatment. For example, you may not be able to use this lozenge if you have heart problems, diabetes, or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
The Nicorette Lozenge comes in two strengths and is generally used over a 12-week period. The amount of lozenges you use each day is slowly decreased to help gradually wean the body off of the addictive effects of nicotine.
(If you are looking for more information, click Nicorette Lozenge. This article covers how this nonprescription medication works, lists potential side effects, and offers some other safety precautions to keep in mind.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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