What are Niquitin 4mg Lozenges?
Niquitin 4mg Lozenges are a smoking cessation aid product that can help you to quit smoking for good. The lozenges contain 4mg of nicotine, which satisfy your cravings without the harmful substances that are included in cigarettes. Niquitin can be used as Nicotine Replacement Therapy, as they can replace the nicotine you receive from cigarettes in a lozenge form that are perfect for on the go, so you can beat cravings anywhere. Whether you’re looking to quit straight away or cut down gradually, use Niquitin for an easy alternative that can help you to resist the urge to smoke.
Why should I quit smoking?
We all know that smoking is damaging to our health but it can be a really tricky habit to give up. This is because the nicotine included in cigarettes is an addictive substance that our body learn to crave after you have started smoking. It’s this craving that makes it difficult to quit. However hard smoking may be to quit, the lifestyle benefits are worth it and will notice big, positive changes to your health when you quit smoking.
Easier to breathe
Your lung capacity can improve by up to 10% after you have quit smoking around 9 months. If you are younger you may only notice the effects of smoking on your lung capacity until you take part in exercise such as a run or cycling. However, our lung capacity naturally decreases over time, so having maximum lung capacity whilst you are young can mean the difference between having an active, healthy old age and having breathing difficulties or wheezing when walking or climbing the stairs.
Quiting smoking improves blood circulation which can benefit physical activity such as walking or running. It can also boost the immune system which can make it easier to fight off infections such as a cold or the flu. Finally, the increase in your oxygen intake, when you quit, can help to reduce tiredness, leaving you more alert and with more energy to enjoy your day.
It’s a common misconception that smoking reduces stress. Nicotine withdrawal can heighten feelings of stress, therefore when you give in to the nicotine craving it ‘reduces’ this feeling of this stress, so it is easy to associate smoking with stress reduction. In reality, studies have shown that quitting smoking can lower stress levels and smoking is an unhelpful, as well as unhealthy way of dealing with stress.
Better sex and fertility
As mentioned before, quitting smoking, improves circulation therefore improves sensitivity during sex. Men who quit smoking may achieve better erections and women who quit may find that their organs improve and it is easier for them to become aroused. Non-smokers can find it easier to get pregnant as quitting smoking improves the lining of the womb and increase the potency of men’s sperm.
How can Niquitin 4mg Lozenges help you to quit smoking?
Niquitin lozenges help to relieve cravings by providing some of the nicotine that is inhaled when smoking cigarettes. The lozenges do not have the health risks posed by tobacco as they do not contain harmful substances such as carbon monoxide or tar that are found in cigarettes. Niquitin lozenges contain nicotine resin that, when sucked, releases nicotine slowly which is then absorbed through the lining of the mouth. The nicotine helps to relieve cravings, as well as, withdrawal symptoms, such as feeling unwell or irritable.
How to use this product
Niquitin 4mg Lozenges are suitable for smokers who have their first cigarette within 30 minutes after waking up. Place one lozenge in your mouth and move it from side to side in your mouth until it is completely dissolved, which should take 20-30 minutes. Do NOT chew the lozenges or swallow them whole. Do NOT use more than 15 lozenges a day. Seek medical advice if you feel you need to use Niquitin for longer than 6 months.
Adults aged 18 and over
Steps 1 - Weeks 1 to 6
Initial treatment period - 1 lozenge every 1-2 hours
Steps 2 - Weeks 7 to 9
Step down treatment period - 1 lozenge every 2-4 hours
Steps 3 - Weeks 10-12
Step down treatment period - 1 lozenge every 4 - 8 hours
During weeks 1-2 it is recommended that you take at least 9 lozenges a day.
After you have given up, you may sometimes feel a sudden craving for a cigarette - you can use a lozenge if this happens.
Adolescents aged 12-17 years
You should only use this product on the advice of a medical professional.
Do NOT exceed the stated dose.
Do NOT eat or drink whilst a lozenge is in the mouth - avoid liquis such as coffee, juices and soft drinks for up to 15 minutes before the lozenge is used.
Follow instruction carefully and do NOT use more than 15 lozenges in a 24 hour period.
When NOT to use this product
Do NOT take Niquitin Lozenges 2mg if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in this product (see ingredients tab for full list) or if you:
Are a non-smoker
Are under 12 years of age
Suffer from phenylketonuria
Have recently suffered from a heart attack, severe heart rhythm disturbances or a stroke
Have unstable or worsening angina
Speak to your doctor or a Chemist4U pharmacist BEFORE using this product if you:
Have heart or circulation problems including heart failure or stable angina
Have high blood pressure
Have occlusive peripheral artery disease
Have serious liver or kidney disease
Have a stomach ulcer
Have inflammation of the oesophagus
Have an uncontrolled, over active thyroid gland
Have been diagnosed as having a tumour of the adrenal glands
Have had allergic reactions
Are taking other medicines alongside Niquitin
Like all medicines, nicotine can have side effects. The typical side effects are those that are experienced when smoking cigarettes, however not everyone will experience them. Quitting smoking can cause side effects as your body gets used to not receiving nicotine. Common side effects associated with withdrawal include:
Cough and cold like symptoms
Other common side effects that can occur when using Niquitin include:
Slightly sore or irritated mouth or tongue
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
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
Store all medicines out of sight and reach of children.
Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.
Please contact your GP if appropriate regarding this product.
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- The active ingredient is nicotine. Each lozenge contains 4 mg (in the form of a resin complex called nicotine resinate). The other ingredients are: mannitol (E421), magnesium stearate, sodium alginate, xanthan gum, potassium bicarbonate, sodium carbonate anhydrous, aspartame (E951) and peppermint flavour
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