With the recent arrival of nicotine lozenges, smokers now have another safe and effective aid to help them quit. Smokers can now choose from a range of nicotine replacement products including the nicotine lozenge, patch, gum and inhaler.
These products are recommended for addicted smokers who are motivated to quit. They reduce cravings for a cigarette and withdrawal symptoms after quitting, allowing smokers to focus on breaking the smoking habit. They can increase success rate 2 to 3 times that of willpower alone.
All of the products deliver less nicotine than cigarettes (without the tar and other poisons) and are much safer than smoking.
It is also a good idea to see your doctor when quitting for advice and support, as this will further boost your chance of success.
How do the lozenges work?
The lozenges are placed in the mouth and dissolve completely over about 30 minutes. Nicotine is absorbed through the lining of the mouth. Each lozenge delivers a higher dose of nicotine than a piece of nicotine gum.
Smokers are advised to use at least 9 lozenges a day initially and to take a 12 week course.
Nicotine lozenges are well tolerated. Side effects include heartburn, hiccups and nausea. A free patient support program is also available with the lozenges.
Nicotine patch, gum and inhaler
One nicotine patch is applied to the skin each day and nicotine is absorbed directly through the skin. Patches provide a steady supply of nicotine throughout the day to ward off cravings.
Nicotine gum is chewed when needed and gives more control over when and how much nicotine is taken. The nicotine inhaler is a plastic tube containing a core of nicotine which is sucked as required.
Please note this information was correct at time of printing.
For up to date information, speak to your doctor.