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Using the lozenge

Place a lozenge in your mouth and let it dissolve. This should take about half an hour for the lozenge and 10 to 13 minutes for the mini lozenge. Move the lozenge about in your mouth from time to time. Do not chew or swallow the lozenge.

A problem to avoid

You should avoid eating and drinking 15 minutes before, and during, use of the lozenge (except for water). Acidic foods or drinks, such as orange juice, coffee, beer and soft drink, interfere with the amount of nicotine passing through the lining of your mouth from the lozenge.

When to start use 

Once you've bought the lozenges, you should set a quit date. Start using a lozenge first thing in the morning of your quit date or soon after your last cigarette - don't wait for cravings to hit first.

How much to use 

In the first six weeks of use, the product information recommends using one lozenge every one to two hours. Researchers have found that those who used more lozenges (about 10 to 11 per day) had a better chance of quitting. You can also use lozenges in situations where you might be tempted to smoke. The highest number of lozenges you can have per day differs between products and brands – check the packet or Consumer Medicine Information. Do not use more than one lozenge at a time.

After six weeks, you may then reduce the number of lozenges per day over the following weeks. The Consumer Medicine Information that comes with the lozenges will tell you how many to use.

Remember: The nicotine lozenge is a medicine and you should use it according to the advice from your pharmacist or doctor.