A nicotine lozenge is a tablet (usually flavored) that contains a dose of nicotine polacrilex which dissolves slowly in the mouth to release the nicotine. Nicotine lozenges are commonly found in 2mg and 4mg strengths although other strengths may be found. The nicotine is absorbed through the lining of the mouth and enters the blood vessels. It is used as an aid in nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), a process for smoking cessation. People using the lozenge should not smoke because of the increased risk of nicotine poisoning. Combination therapy can be employed by the use of nicotine lozenges and a nicotine patch to increase the chances of quitting tobacco successfully and permanently. The effects of the lozenge may be diminished from drinking anything fifteen minutes prior to taking the lozenge.
For those who smoke within 30 minutes of waking, a 4mg dose is recommended so you will have some nicotine in your system when awaking, reducing physical dependency. This works due to nicotine's short half life of only 2 hours. By using a 4mg lozenge, you will have more nicotine in your system increasing the amount of time for the dosage to return to ~0.
- Nicotine lozenge entry in the public domain NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms
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