Available without a prescription, the Nicorette Lozenge can help decrease nicotine withdrawal symptoms in people who are trying to quit smoking. It comes in the form of a lozenge that dissolves in the mouth. This product works by releasing a controlled amount of nicotine into the body; your dosage is gradually decreased to help wean you off nicotine. Side effects may include nausea, heartburn, and hiccups.
What Is the Nicorette Lozenge?The Nicorette® Lozenge (nicotine lozenge) is a nonprescription medication used to help people stop smoking, also known as smoking cessation. It helps reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms, such as nicotine cravings, that occur when people stop smoking cigarettes. The Nicorette Lozenge used to be called the Commit® Lozenge.
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Who Makes This Medication?The Nicorette Lozenge is made by GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare, L.P.
How Does the Nicorette Lozenge Work?The Nicorette Lozenge is a nicotine replacement medication. It replaces the nicotine your body was accustomed to getting from cigarettes. As it dissolves in your mouth, it releases a controlled amount of nicotine. This helps to reduce symptoms of nicotine withdrawal that occur when you stop smoking.
When and How to Use ItSome general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with the Nicorette Lozenge include the following:
- This medication comes as a lozenge that dissolves in the mouth. The normal dose is one lozenge, every one to eight hours, for 12 weeks (or sometimes longer).
- Do not chew or swallow Nicorette Lozenges. Allow the lozenge to slowly dissolve in your mouth, over 20 to 30 minutes. Try not to swallow the medication as it dissolves.
- Occasionally move the lozenge from one side of your mouth to the other as it dissolves.
- Do not use more than one lozenge at a time. Also, do not use more than 5 lozenges in 6 hours, or more than 20 lozenges in one day. Using more than recommended may increase your risk for side effects.
- It is normal to feel a warm, tingling sensation as the lozenge dissolves.
- Avoid eating or drinking anything for 15 minutes before using the lozenge, or while it is in your mouth. Any food or drink before or during use may decrease the amount of nicotine absorbed into your body.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be used as directed.