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Buying nicotine lozenges: which strength?

Where can I buy lozenges?

You can buy nicotine lozenges without prescription from pharmacies and some supermarkets. There are two strengths of lozenge, 2 mg and 4 mg, and two strengths of mini lozenge (also called ‘Minis’®), 1.5mg and 4mg. They come in pack sizes ranging from 24 to 72 lozenges, and in packs of 20 or 60 mini lozenges. The recommended retail prices, as at August 2012, range from $24 for a pack of 24 lozenges to $53 for a pack of 72 lozenges. Mini lozenges cost $18 for a pack of 20 and $46 for a pack of 60. Pharmacy prices can be a few dollars higher or lower.

Which strength of lozenge should I use? 

Your doctor or pharmacist can advise you which lozenge strength is suitable for you.

For the lozenge, the time to first cigarette method is used to determine which strength is best for you. If you usually have your first cigarette of the day within 30 minutes of waking, then the 4mg lozenge is recommended. If you take more than 30 minutes, then the 2mg lozenge is recommended.

One brand produces only 2mg lozenges, which they recommend for smokers of 20 or fewer cigarettes per day.

For the mini lozenge, the recommended dose is based on how many cigarettes you smoke per day. If you smoke 20 cigarettes or less per day, the product information recommends the 1.5mg mini lozenge. The 4 mg mini lozenge is recommended if you smoke over 20 cigarettes per day.