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Specific Nicotine Lozenge Precautions and Warnings

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using this product include the following:
  • Stop using nicotine lozenges and contact your healthcare provider if you experience any symptoms of nicotine overdose, including:
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Dizziness
    • Weakness
    • A rapid heartbeat.
  • Because it contains nicotine, the nicotine lozenge can increase your heart rate and blood pressure. Stop using it and contact your healthcare provider if you experience an increase in blood pressure or a fast, irregular, or forcefully beating heart.
  • Nicotine lozenges contain nicotine, which is an addictive drug. Do not use this medication for longer than the recommended 12 weeks without your healthcare provider's approval. Talk to your healthcare provider if you feel the need to use more nicotine lozenges than recommended.
  • Nicotine, the active ingredient in the nicotine lozenge, may delay healing of peptic ulcers (sores in the stomach or upper intestines). Talk to your healthcare provider before using this product if you have peptic ulcer disease.
  • Nicotine lozenges contain phenylalanine, which may be important for people with a genetic condition known as phenylketonuria (a problem breaking down certain amino acids).
  • The amount of nicotine in this lozenge is enough to poison a child. Store unused lozenges in a safe area, out of the reach of children. If you need to remove a lozenge from your mouth before it completely dissolves, wrap it in paper and discard it away from children.
  • Stop using this medication and contact your healthcare provider if you develop sores, ulcers, or any other problems in your mouth from using the lozenges.
  • The nicotine lozenge is a pregnancy Category C medication, which means it may not be safe for use during pregnancy. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using this product during pregnancy (see Nicorette Lozenge and Pregnancy).
  • This medication passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to using these lozenges (see Nicorette Lozenge and Breastfeeding).
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