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Nicotine lozenges are a flavoured, sweet-like form of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). They usually come in different strengths. Lozenges work in a similar way to nicotine gum.

These are a fast-acting form of NRT that can be used in combination with nicotine patches.

Choosing the correct strength of nicotine lozenge

The strength of nicotine lozenge you should use depends on your level of addiction:

  • higher strength nicotine lozenge (4mg) - use this if you smoke your first cigarette within 30 minutes of waking and smoke more than 20 a day
  • lower strength (1.5 or 2mg) - use this if your first cigarette is 30 minutes or more after waking and you smoke fewer than 20 a day

How to use nicotine lozenges

When you feel the urge to smoke, suck a lozenge until the taste becomes strong. Then rest it between your gums and cheek. Suck it again when the taste has faded.

Continue like this to allow it to dissolve. Each one should last 20 to 30 minutes. Do not chew the lozenge or swallow it whole.

Don't eat or drink while the lozenge is in your mouth.

We recommend you use 8 to 12 lozenges each day.

You should not use more than 15 in one day.

Continue to use them for up to 6 weeks while reducing the number of lozenges each day.

After 6 weeks

If you’re still experiencing nicotine cravings after 6 weeks, you can continue to use the lozenges. Keep gradually reducing the number of lozenges you use.

Once you’re only using 1 to 2 lozenges a day, try to stop using them altogether.

If you are finding it hard to cut down, talk to your stop smoking advisor, pharmacist or GP. You can also call the Quitline for advice on 1800 201 203.

Side effects

You may experience hiccups or irritation in your mouth or stomach with lozenges. This doesn't happen to everyone.

Related topics

Nicotine gum

Nicotine patches

Nicotine inhaler

Nicotine mouth spray

page last reviewed: 29/03/2019
next review due: 29/03/2022

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