Nicotine lozenges

The nicotine lozenge is similar to a cough drop or a throat lozenge. It is a non-prescription medication (over-the-counter) available at your local pharmacy. Each lozenge has nicotine in it, which is released when used, allowing you to receive nicotine when you have a craving for a cigarette.

Advantages

  • Easy to use.
  • Small lozenge that dissolves in the mouth.
  • Helps to manage the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal such as breakthrough cravings.
  • You can choose the strength of lozenge to use. This is dependent on the number of cigarettes you smoke per day.

Common side effects

  • Mouth, throat or tongue irritation
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Hiccups
  • Upset stomach
  • Dizziness

How to use

  • Place one lozenge in your mouth and allow it to dissolve slowly.
  • Occasionally move the lozenge from one side of your mouth to the other.
  • Do not bit, chew, or swallow the lozenge whole.
  • Do not eat or drink while the lozenge is in your mouth.
  • Do not use more than 15 lozenges per day.
  • The lozenge should take about 20 to 30 minutes to dissolve.

Note: There are two strengths of lozenges so talk to your doctor or pharmacist about which strength is right for you.

For more information on appropriate dosage, read the package insert or consult your physician or pharmacist.

Warnings & precautions

Do not use the nicotine lozenge if you are:

  • Continuing to smoke, chew tobacco or use snuff or any other nicotine replacement therapy.
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Under the age of 18 years of age.

Consult your pharmacist or physician prior to using the nicotine lozenge if the following apply to you:

  • Heart problems.
  • Thyroid problems.
  • Circulation problems.
  • Stomach problems.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Taking insulin.
  • Using any prescription medications.

Free supply of Nicotine Lozenge for BC Residents 

Each calendar year, eligible B.C. residents can receive a up to a three month supply of  Nicorette® lozenges (2 mg, 4 mg) through the BC Smoking Cessation Program. You can find more information about how to access this program here.