Side Effects of Nicotine Lozenge

If you are using the nicotine lozenge, be aware of side effects such as an unpleasant taste, a sore throat, and dizziness. In most cases, reactions to this medicine tend to be minor and easily treated. However, there are also some problems that are potentially serious and should be reported to a healthcare provider right away, including heart palpitations, problems breathing, and mouth ulcers.

An Introduction to Side Effects of the Nicotine Lozenge

Just like any medicine, the nicotine lozenge (Nicorette® Lozenge) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
 
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with nicotine lozenges. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
 

Serious Nicotine Lozenge Side Effects

Some side effects of the nicotine lozenge are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
 
  • Mouth irritation or ulcers
  • A severe sore throat
  • Persistent heartburn or indigestion
  • An irregular, rapid, or forcefully beating heart (heart arrhythmias or palpitations)
  • Symptoms of a nicotine overdose, such as:
 
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Extreme dizziness
    • Diarrhea
    • Weakness
    • A rapid heartbeat
 
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
 
    • An unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Unexplained swelling, especially of the mouth, lips, or throat
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing and swallowing.
 
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