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One form of nicotine replacement is nicotine lozenges.  This is similar to a “mint” that you put in your mouth and let it dissolve to distribute the nicotine into your system. The lozenges come in many flavors and in 2mg and 4mg doses. Even the lozenges marketed as “mini” are still 2mg and 4mg doses. The recommendation is that if you smoke within the first 30 minutes of getting up, you would use the 4mg dose and the 2mg dose if you do not. It takes, on average, 30 minutes for each lozenge to dissolve in the mouth.


  • It is small and unnoticeable
  • It gives quick relief for the nicotine craving
  • Can be used with dentures
  • Cost is reasonable 


  • You cannot eat or drink while the lozenge is in your mouth
  • Can cause some tooth or jaw issues

Some of the common side effects of this product are tooth and jaw issues, nausea, hiccups, heartburn, gas and headaches.

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