Addiction to nicotine in tobacco is the main reason why people continue to smoke. The nicotine lozenge works by replacing some of the nicotine you would normally inhale from cigarettes. It is a tablet that dissolves in your mouth. It slowly releases nicotine, which you absorb through the lining of your mouth.
Using the lozenge can help reduce withdrawal symptoms when you quit, such as cravings, frustration, difficulty concentrating and restlessness. The higher dose lozenge reduces more symptoms than the lower dose. However, it may not stop these symptoms completely.
Why may I still have cravings while using the lozenge?
You may still have cravings while using the lozenge because:
- You may not be using it properly. Read Using the lozenge and the product information to avoid common problems.
- You may not be getting enough nicotine from the lozenge. If your cravings are bad and do not begin to lessen within 30 minutes of starting use of the lozenge or 10 minutes for the mini lozenge, you could consider other options. These include using more or a higher dose of the lozenge, or using two nicotine products at the same time (Read Can I use the lozenge with the nicotine patch?). Speak to your pharmacist or doctor, if you think this is a likely cause of your cravings.
- You have an urge or desire to smoke when you are in situations where you are used to smoking.
Certain things may trigger cravings, such as:
- Places where you normally smoke, such as home, work, or the pub
- People who you usually smoke with, such as family or friends; or being alone
- Habits or routines where you are used to smoking, such as when drinking coffee or alcohol, talking on the telephone, after meals, or when you want to relax
- Emotions, such as anger, boredom, being tense or upset; or for some people, when they are happy.
You need to understand why you smoke in order to plan ways to deal with these situations. People most successful at resisting urges to smoke use a range of coping strategies to help them. Making your home smokefree, avoiding trigger situations where possible in the first few weeks, and getting rid of cigarettes in your home and car are all helpful strategies. Information, advice or support is available for the cost of a local call from the Quitline.