Nicotine Lozenges and Microtabs are placed in the mouth and dissolve to provide your body with a regular supply of nicotine.
Nicotine is highly addictive and is the main cause of the cravings associated with smoking cessation. Nicotine tablets help you to break the habit of smoking tobacco whilst supplying nicotine to your body, which lessens the nicotine withdrawal symptoms. When you are ready, you can gradually reduce the dosage of your lozenge or stop using them completely.
Nicotine lozenges and microtabs are available via prescription from your doctor (in the UK) or you can purchase them over-the-counter in most pharmacies.
Lozenges can last for up to 30 minutes, slowly releasing nicotine into your bloodstream over this period, whilst microtabs dissolve much more quickly (within a few minutes) to provide a short burst of nicotine.
Like nicotine gum, they are usually available in two strengths; 2mg and 4mg.
For people who smoke more than 20 cigarettes per day, the stronger 4mg dosage is recommended. For all others, 2mg should be sufficient.
Initially, lozenges should be used every 1 or 2 hours with the frequency gradually decreasing over time.
Popular brands include NiQuitin, Nicorette and Nicotinell