Nicotine Lozenge (Commit Lozenge) is the newest product offering nicotine replacement. The lozenge delivers nicotine in either 2 or 4 mg doses through the buccal (mouth) mucosa. The lozenge is designed to dissolve in the mouth, occasionally being moved from one side of the mouth to the other, as you would with any other lozenge. It will take approximately 20-30 minutes to completely dissolve. In order to maximize the absorption of nicotine, do not eat or drink 15 minutes before using the lozenge or while the lozenge is in your mouth.
Using more than one lozenge at a time or continuous use (one lozenge after the other), as well as chewing or swallowing the lozenge, may cause hiccups, heartburn, nausea or indigestion. For those who use their first cigarette more than 30 minutes after waking, the 2 mg lozenge is recommended; for those who smoke within 30 minutes after waking, the 4 mg lozenge is recommended. It is recommended to use at least 9 lozenges per day during the first 6 weeks, but not to exceed 20 per day, or more than 5 lozenges in a 6 hour period.
The nicotine lozenge is available over the counter. Be sure that no one else uses the lozenge, and keep out of reach of children and away from pets.
The following dosages are available.
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Who Should Not Use the Nicotine Lozenge?
- Pregnant or nursing women
- People who have other health problems should check with their doctor before using the lozenge
- A warm or tingling sensation as nicotine is released in your mouth is normal. However, stop using the lozenge and consult your physician if you experience persistent mouth problems or indigestion, severe sore throat, irregular heart beat, palpitations, nausea, dizziness, diarrhea, weakness, or a rapid heart beat.