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Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT): lozenge

How does the NRT lozenge work, and how long should you use it for?

The lozenge is a nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) product that looks a bit like a cough lolly. Mini lozenges are sold under the brand name 'Minis'.

How to use

When you feel like a cigarette, put a lozenge into your mouth and move it around your mouth from time to time. Do not chew or swallow it. Nicotine is absorbed through the mouth and slowly released into your body. 

How does it help?

It helps by replacing some of the nicotine you would normally get from smoking. You may still get cravings but the nicotine lozenge takes the edge off. Using the lozenge can also help reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms such as cravings, difficulty concentrating, frustration, restlessness and anxiety. 

Pros and cons

The nicotine lozenges are one of cheapest NRT products, and they are fast acting. The nicotine gets to the brain quickly (after five minutes). Some people tell us they don’t like the flavour of the lozenge (but make sure you’re using as directed). 

Effectiveness

Using the nicotine lozenges doubles your chance of quitting. Combination therapy  – using patches plus the lozenge – is even more effective again. If you add Quitline to the mix, you’ll have an even better chance. 

Where to get it?

You can buy nicotine lozenges at pharmacies or supermarkets. 

Best use

You typically start using the lozenges on your quit day (but you can also use it to cut down and quit). For best results, and this is important, use the lozenges for 8–12 weeks.

The lozenge comes in two strengths: 4mg and 2mg (or 4 mg and 1.5mg for the mini lozenge). The 4mg lozenge is best if you smoke 20 cigarettes a day or more. The lozenge also works best if you work on stress management and breaking routines . 

For more information: talk to your doctor, pharmacist or Quitline. Request a Quitline callback. Or download the nicotine lozenge fact sheet.

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