Can You Use Nicotine Lozenges While Pregnant?

If you are pregnant and want to quit smoking, you may be wondering if you can use the nicotine lozenge (Nicorette® Lozenge). The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies the nicotine lozenge as a pregnancy Category C medicine, which means it may not be safe for use during pregnancy.
 
During animal studies, nicotine increased the risk of problems in the offspring, such as bone problems, breathing problems, and low blood pressure. Women who smoke while pregnant have a greater risk for miscarriage, preterm delivery, and having a baby with low birth weight. Smoking after giving birth has been associated with sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
 
Although using nicotine lozenges is considered safer than smoking during pregnancy, it is generally recommended that women first try to quit smoking without using a nicotine replacement medicine.
 
(Click Nicorette Lozenge and Pregnancy for more details on whether you can use nicotine lozenges while pregnant. This eMedTV article provides an explanation of the possible problems that may occur if you smoke or use nicotine lozenges during pregnancy.)
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