What is Nicotinell?
Giving up smoking can be extremely difficult. Nicotinell can help relieve the cravings for nicotine and help you to break the psychological need for a cigarette. Nicotinell is available in the form of patches and lozenges.
What is Nicotinell used for?
Nicotinell is a form of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT). Both patches and lozenges contain nicotine. They are used to help habitual smokers to give up the highly addictive habit, which carries a large number of major health risks including lung cancer and heart disease.
How to use Nicotinell
You should always follow the instructions on the packet. Apply one patch to a clean and hairless area of the body, usually the upper arm, hip or upper chest. Each patch gives 24-hour protection against nicotine cravings and should be changed daily. Wash your hands after applying the patch.
Nicotinell lozenges are mint flavoured and sugar-free. When they are sucked, they release a dose of nicotine that satisfies the desire for a cigarette. Simply suck one until you taste nicotine and then hold the lozenge between your cheek and gum until the taste fades. Repeat until the entire lozenge has dissolved.
The dosage depends on the amount to cigarettes you were smoking on an average day. Your doctor will advise you on the right individual dosage for you. Nicotinell patches are available in doses of 21 mg, 14 mg and 7 mg and can be worn when bathing. As a rule of thumb, a heavy smoker may be prescribed one 21 mg patch for 3 to 4 weeks, while a light smoker may be prescribed a 14 mg patch for 3 to 4 weeks. After the initial month, the 7 mg patch should be used for a further 3 to 4 weeks by both heavy and light smokers.
Nicotinell lozenges are available in doses of 2 mg for heavy smokers and 1 mg for moderate smokers. Always follow the directions on the packet or those given by your doctor or pharmacist.
It is not advisable to use more than 15 lozenges daily or to use them continuously for more than 6 months.
Possible side effects of Nicotinell lozenges include:
- A sore or irritated mouth;
- Heartburn and indigestion;
Side effects of Nicotinell patches include:
- Itching; redness or soreness;
- Upset stomach.
A rare side effect of Nicotinell is heart palpitations. If you experience an irregular heartbeat, stop taking Nicotinell and tell your doctor.
When not to use Nicotinell
Nicotinell is not suitable for children under the age of 12. Do not continue to smoke whilst using any form of Nicotinell.
Pregnancy / Driving ability / Alcohol
When using Nicotinell for the first time, wait and see how it affects you before attempting to drive or use machinery that requires normal reaction times.
Nicotinell may harm an unborn baby. If you are pregnant whilst using Nicotinell, tell your doctor immediately.
It is safe to drink alcohol in moderation when using Nicotinell.