What are Nicotinell Mint 1mg Lozenges?
Nicotinell Mint Lozenges are a type of smoking cessation aid which can help you to quit the habit for good. Each lozenge contains 1mg of nicotine which can satisfy cravings to prevent you from smoking cigarettes. The lozenges can be used as part of Nicotine Replacement Therapy, as they replace the nicotine that you receive from cigarettes without the harmful substances that you consume when smoking. They are portable and can be placed in your pocket or bag, so you can beat cravings when out and about. If you’re looking to gradually cut down before quitting permanently or stop smoking straight away, try Nicotinell Lozenges.
Why should I stop smoking?
It is a well-known fact that smoking can be extremely damaging to our health and can cause long-term health implications. However, it can be a habit that is difficult to quit. This is due to the nicotine in cigarettes, which is a really addictive substance that can cause withdrawal effects when you try to quit, as your body learns to crave it. It is these cravings that can prevent you from quitting permanently, as they can tempt you to smoke in order to satisfy the craving. Although it is a difficult habit to give up, the health benefits are worth it and you will notice positive changes when you make the decision to quit for good.
As we get older, our lung capacity naturally deteriorates over time. If you are young, you may not notice the effects on your lungs until you take part in exercise, but these effects are going to make your breathing significantly harder the older that you become. Having a maximum lung capacity when you are younger can mean the difference between being active and healthy in later life and having breathing difficulties or wheezing when walking or climbing the stairs. After you have quit smoking for 9 months your lung capacity can improve by up to 10%, so the earlier you quit, the better.
Increase in energy
Smoking can affect your blood circulation which can make taking part in exercise more difficult. When you quit, your blood circulation improves which can have a range of benefits including helping to facilitate exercise. It can also boost your immune system which can help your body to fight off infections, such as a cold or the flu. Quitting smoking also increases your oxygen intake, which can help to reduce tiredness, helping you to feel more alert and leaving you with more energy to take on your day.
It is believed that smoking reduces stress, however this is a misconception. Nicotine withdrawal increases feelings of stress until you satisfy your craving to smoke, which gives the illusion that it is reducing the ‘stress’ you are feeling. This creates an association that smoking makes you feel calmer, when in reality all you are doing is temporarily satisfying a craving. It won’t be long before nicotine withdrawal sets in again and makes you feel stressed, therefore starting the cycle over again. Studies have shown that quitting smoking for good can lower stress levels. Over time the cravings will pass, therefore the anxious feelings you experience during nicotine withdrawal will pass too. Smoking is not only an unhealthy way to deal with stress, it is unhelpful as it causes you to fall into a vicious cycle of smoking to cure ‘stress’ (cravings), causing you to crave smoking more.
Improved fertility and sexual experience
Quitting smoking improves circulation therefore improves sensitivity during sex. Men who quit smoking may be able to achieve better erections. Women who quit smoking may find that it is easier for them to become aroused. Giving up smoking improves the lining of the womb and increases the potency of sperm, therefore increasing the likelihood of becoming pregnant.
How can Nicotinell Mint Lozenges help me to stop smoking?
Nicotinell Mint Lozenges contain the active ingredient, nicotine, which helps to satisfy cravings and reduce the impact of nicotine withdrawal symptoms. Each lozenge contains 1mg of nicotine which can help provide some of the nicotine you receive through smoking without the harmful substances such as carbon monoxide and tar that is found in cigarettes. The lozenges work by slowly releasing nicotine or tar when you suck on them, which is then absorbed through your mouth’s lining. As the lozenges relieve your cravings, they reduce your temptation to smoke, therefore increasing your chances of quitting for good. Nicotinell Mint Lozenges 1mg are recommended for those who smoke less than 30 cigarettes a day. If you smoke more than 30 cigarettes a day, Nicotinell 2mg may be more suitable for you.
How to use this product
Always take Nicotinell Mint Lozenges exactly as described in the product leaflet or as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. You may use Nicotinell Mint Lozenges alone or in combination with Nicotinell Patches. It is recommended that you use Nicotinell for smoking cessation (quitting) but you can also use it for smoking reduction before quitting for good.
Suck one lozenge when you feel a craving for a cigarette. In principle, one lozenge should be taken every 1-2 hours. 8-12 lozenges are usually sufficient. If you still feel the urge to smoke after 8-12 lozenges, you can suck additional lozenges to ease cravings, but do NOT exceed 24 lozenges per day and do NOT use more than 1 lozenge per hour.
To improve your chances of quitting for good, it is recommended that you use this product to quit completely. Duration of treatment is different for each person, but normally, treatment should continue for at least 3 months. After 3 months you should gradually reduce the number of lozenges used each day. Treatment should cease when you have reduced your use of the lozenge to 1-2 lozenges per day. It is generally not recommended to use Nicotinell Mint Lozenges for longer than 6 months. However, some people may need treatment with lozenges for longer to avoid returning to cigarettes.
Although it is recommended to use this product for quitting smoking completely, you can use the lozenges to prolong smoke-free intervals with the intention of reducing smoking as much as possible. The number of cigarettes should be gradually replaced by Nicotinell Lozenge. If, after 6 weeks, you have not been successful in your attempts to reduce the number of cigarettes per day to at least half of your consumption, you should seek professional help. You should try to stop smoking as soon as you feel ready to quit, but no later than 4 months after you have started using Nicotinell Lozenges. After that, the number of lozenges should be gradually reduced for example, by quitting one lozenge every 2-5 days.
When NOT to use this product
Do NOT take this product if you are allergic to nicotine or any of the other ingredients in this medicine (see ingredients tab for full list), if you are a non-smoker or under the age of 18. Speak to your doctor or a Chemist4U pharmacist BEFORE using this product if you have:
- Any heart problems, such as a recent heart attack, heart rhythm problems, heart failure, chest pain
- Had a stroke
- High blood pressure
- Problems with circulation
- Overactive thyroid glands
- Overactive adrenal glands
- History of epilepsy
Can I take Nicotinell with other medicines
Speak to your doctor or a Chemist4U pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or may take any other medicines, whilst using this product. There is no information on interactions between Nicotinell Lozenges and other medicines, however substances in cigarettes may have an effect on certain medicines, therefore quitting smoking can have an effect on the action of certain medicines including:
- Olanzapine and clozapine
Like all medicines, Nicotinell can cause side effects, although not everybody will experience them. Some of the effects you may notice in the first few days are dizziness, headaches and disturbed sleep. These may be withdrawal symptoms caused by smoking cessaction. Stop taking Nicotinell immediately and seek medical advice if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Swelling of the face, tongue or throat
- Difficulty swallowing
- Breathing difficulties
Common side effects of this product include:
- Inflammation of the mouth mucus/discomfort in the mouth
- Stomach discomfort/stomach pain
- Dizziness and headache
- Dry mouth
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
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The active substance is nicotine.
Each piece of Nicotinell Mint Lozenge contains 1mg of nicotine (as 3.072 mg nicotine bitartrate dihydrate).
The other ingredients are maltitol (E965), sodium carbonate anhydrous, sodium hydrogen carbonate, polyacrylate, xanthan gum, colloidal anhydrous silica, levomenthol, peppermint oil, aspartame (E951), magnesium stearate
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