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What should I tell my pharmacist or doctor?

Before buying the lozenge, you should tell your pharmacist or doctor if you have an illness, or if you are taking any other medicines (even non-prescription ones). In some cases, you may need medical supervision or advice, or in other cases the nicotine lozenge may not be suitable. Please check the Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) that comes with the lozenge for the latest list of common medicines and medical conditions that may be affected by using the lozenge or stopping smoking.

Illnesses listed in the CMI for which you may need medical advice include: heart disease, high blood pressure, any blood circulation disorder, stroke, kidney disease, liver disease, stomach ulcer or pain, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, phaeochromocytoma (a tumour of the adrenal gland) and any allergic reaction that involves swelling of the lips, face and throat or itchy skin rash. The Nicobate lozenge contains aspartame, so you should not take it if you react to aspartame or phenylalanine. The mini lozenge does not contain aspartame.

Can I use the lozenge if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is recommended that you first try to quit without medication.  However, if you are unable to quit without medication, you may use the lozenge or mini lozenge to help you quit. While using the lozenge is considered safer than smoking, even this smaller amount of nicotine may not be entirely risk-free for your baby. You need to discuss the risks and benefits with your pharmacist or doctor before using it, and you should tell the doctor supervising your pregnancy. Mothers using the lozenge should breastfeed their baby first, then use the lozenge soon after, as instructed in the Consumer Medicine Information.

If you have any questions regarding these issues, please ask your doctor.

Can I use the lozenge if I am under 18 years?

The lozenge can be used by persons aged 12 years and over, however if you are under 18 years you should speak to your doctor before using the lozenge. It is highly recommended that people in this age group discuss quitting smoking with a trained health advisor to benefit from using the lozenge.