Nicotinell lozenges and patches
Quitting smoking is something many people have on their 'to do' list. However, in reality, abstaining from smoking is hard to achieve, even when smokers say that they are ready to stop. Nicotinell nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) helps you break the habit by relieving the cravings for a cigarette. There are two NRTs to choose from: Nicotinell lozenges and Nicotinell patches.
Nicotinell lozenges contain nicotine. The nicotine that is released when you suck the lozenge is absorbed directly through the mucous membranes in the mouth. This helps relieve the withdrawal symptoms and cravings for a cigarette that you get when you stop smoking. Nicotinell lozenges are available in two strengths: 1 mg and 2 mg. The lozenges are mint flavoured and sugar free. The aim should be to stop using Nicotinell lozenges as soon as possible, preferably after three months. When you feel ready, you should reduce the number of lozenges you use until you have stopped completely. For more information on this NRT, see the package leaflet.
Nicotinell patches are worn on the skin. The nicotine in the patches is absorbed continuously through the skin into the bloodstream. This produces a lower amount of nicotine in the blood than smoking, but the continuous level is enough to help prevent the withdrawal symptoms and cravings that you get after you stop smoking. Change the patch after 24 hours and apply the new patch to a different area of skin. You can have a bath or shower while wearing the patch. The aim should be to stop using Nicotinell patches as soon as possible, preferably after three months. Nicotinell patches are available in three strengths: 7 mg, 14 mg and 21 mg. The strength you use initially will depend on how much you smoke and what strength your cigarettes are. For more information, see the package leaflet. Do not use Nicotinell lozenges and patches with other products that contain nicotine. Do not smoke while using Nicotinell lozenges or patches.