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What Are Nicotine Lozenges?

Honey is a common flavor for nicotine lozenges.
Nicotine lozenges slowly reduce a smoker's nicotine levels to help him quit smoking.
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  • Written By: Mandi R. Hall
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  • Last Modified Date: 14 November 2014
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Nicotine lozenges are a form of nicotine replacement. The lozenge is marketed as having similar effects to a nicotine patch. Like any cough drop or sore throat lozenge, the nicotine lozenge is meant to be placed in the mouth and sucked on. A controlled quantity of nicotine is used in each lozenge. Using smaller amounts of nicotine and other additives than what would normally be inside a cigarette aids in the process of weaning someone from a smoking addiction.

Nicotine replacement aids come in the variety of nasal sprays, patches, nicotine lozenges, and gums. Users should choose the type that suits them best. Someone with sinus issues or allergies may want to steer clear of nicotine nasal spray, for example, whereas those with skin disorders should consult a doctor before using the patch. There are many instances in which using a nicotine replacement aid could be harmful to one’s body. Many smoking addicts are willing to take this risk, as smoking and chewing tobacco are also harmful to one’s body.

Regardless of whether a person decides to use nicotine lozenges or another form of medication to quit, he should consult a physician first. Some similar products are only available with a doctor’s prescription. Other factors may affect quitting smoking or tobacco chewing. These factors include diseases, ulcers, pregnancy, and other complications.

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When taking nicotine lozenges, it is important to follow the directions. In most cases, the individual nicotine lozenges should be left in the mouth for approximately 20 to 30 minutes. By this time, the lozenge should have completely dissolved. While sucking on it, the person should keep the lozenge near the cheek’s interior, switching from side to side in intervals.

A grid of usage parameters generally comes with each package of lozenges. Consumers should be careful not to over-medicate themselves by taking more than the recommended amount. For example, a nicotine lozenge user should not take two or three lozenges in the first two hours of waking up if only one lozenge is recommended. Additionally, only one lozenge should generally be taken at a time.

Nicotine lozenges may be found in a variety of flavors. Cherry, lemon, and honey are popular choices. Similar in appearance and taste to a cough drop, this cessation aid is supposed to ease the usual smoking withdrawal symptoms such as mood swings and headaches.

There are side effects to using a nicotine lozenge. Such effects include hiccups, dental issues, heartburn, and sore throat. In some cases, an irregular heartbeat has also been associated with lozenge usage.

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