The nicotine lozenge (Nicorette® Lozenge) releases a controlled amount of nicotine as it dissolves in the mouth. Over a 12-week treatment plan, the number of lozenges you use each day is slowly decreased, which gradually weans your body off nicotine.
The nicotine lozenge can help alleviate several effects of nicotine withdrawal that people may experience as they stop smoking cigarettes. Some of these withdrawal symptoms may include:
Withdrawal symptoms can start as early as a few hours after your last cigarette, and often intensify over the next few days. Many people continue to smoke to help prevent withdrawal symptoms. Over time, continued nicotine use produces long-term changes in the brain that cause addiction. Nicotine lozenges can help to gradually lessen your dependence on nicotine.
(Click What Is Nicotine Lozenge Used For? for more information on how the nicotine lozenge reduces the effects of nicotine withdrawal in people who are trying to quit smoking. This article explains how this product works and why it may be beneficial for reducing your dependence on nicotine.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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