Nicotine LozengesGeneric Name:
Nicotine (NIK-oh-teen)Brand Name:
Nicotine Lozenges are used for:
Helping you to quit smoking.
Nicotine Lozenges are a smoking deterrent. It works by providing low levels of nicotine, which may help you to quit smoking by lessening physical symptoms of withdrawal.
Do NOT use Nicotine Lozenges if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Nicotine Lozenges
- you continue to smoke, chew tobacco, use snuff, or use any other nicotine containing products
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Nicotine Lozenges:
Some medical conditions may interact with Nicotine Lozenges. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you are using other medicines to help you quit smoking
- if you are on a low-sodium diet or if you have phenylketonuria (PKU)
- if you have high blood pressure or heart problems (eg, chest pain, irregular heartbeat), or you have had a heart attack
- if you have an ulcer, diabetes, overactive thyroid, blood vessel problems, or adrenal gland tumor (pheochromocytoma)
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Nicotine Lozenges. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Asthma medicines (eg, theophylline) or tricyclic antidepressants (eg, amitriptyline) or other medicines for depression (eg, bupropion) because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Nicotine Lozenges
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Nicotine Lozenges may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Nicotine Lozenges:
Use Nicotine Lozenges as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- An extra patient leaflet is available with Nicotine Lozenges. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
- Do not eat or drink for 15 minutes before using Nicotine Lozenges or when it is in your mouth.
- Do NOT chew or swallow the lozenge whole. Place the lozenge in your mouth and allow it to slowly dissolve. Occasionally move the lozenge from one side of your mouth to the other. Try not to swallow very often while using Nicotine Lozenges are dissolving. It may take 20 to 30 minutes for Nicotine Lozenges to completely dissolve.
- To improve your chances of quitting smoking, use at least 9 lozenges per day for the first 6 weeks unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
- Do not use more than 1 lozenge at a time or continuously use 1 lozenge after another. Hiccups, heartburn, nausea, or other effects may occur.
- Do NOT use more than 5 lozenges in 6 hours. Do NOT use more than 20 lozenges each day.
- If you cannot finish a lozenge, wrap it in paper and dispose of it in the trash out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you miss a dose of Nicotine Lozenges, use it as soon as you remember. Continue to use it as directed by your doctor or on the package label.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Nicotine Lozenges.
Important safety information:
- The dose of Nicotine Lozenges that you use it determined by how soon after waking you would normally smoke your first cigarette of the day. If you are not sure what dose of Nicotine Lozenges to use, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
- Do not smoke or use tobacco products while using Nicotine Lozenges.
- Do not use Nicotine Lozenges for longer than 12 weeks. If you still feel the need to use Nicotine Lozenges after 12 weeks, check with your doctor.
- Nicotine Lozenges should be used as part of a larger program to help you stop smoking. If you need help choosing a program, talk with your health care provider.
- Some of these products contain phenylalanine. If you must have a diet that is low in phenylalanine, ask your pharmacist if it is in your product.
- Do not use Nicotine Lozenges in CHILDREN younger than 18 years old with first talking with the child's doctor.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is not known if Nicotine Lozenges can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Nicotine Lozenges while you are pregnant. Nicotine Lozenges are found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Nicotine Lozenges, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Nicotine Lozenges:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Warm or tingling sensation in the mouth.Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); irregular heartbeat; mouth pain, sores, or swelling; persistent indigestion; severe sore throat.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include diarrhea; dizziness; fast or irregular heartbeat; nausea; vomiting; weakness.Proper storage of Nicotine Lozenges:
Store Nicotine Lozenges at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Store Nicotine Lozenges in the original blister pack. Once removed from the blister, use immediately. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Nicotine Lozenges out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Nicotine Lozenges, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Nicotine Lozenges are to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Nicotine Lozenges. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.