Quit Smoking Lozenge (Commit)
A quit smoking lozenge (brand name: Commit) is similar to hard candy and can quickly gratify nicotine cravings by delivering nicotine through the lining of your mouth. This is one of the stop smoking aids that is available at most pharmacies without a prescription. However, you should always consult your health care provider before starting any medication.
Many people don't understand why you would want to use a nicotine product when trying to quit smoking. The nicotine in cigarettes is extremely addicting. In fact, the tobacco companies have added the perfect concoction of chemicals to be sure that you get the most nicotine absorbed with each puff; ensuring you are addicted. By using an NRT, like the lozenge, you are helping to wean yourself off of the nicotine, the physically addicting component.
The Commit stop smoking lozenge is produced in 2- and 4-mg doses, with 2mg being approximately equivalent to one cigarette. Always read the manufacturers directions and follow the advice of your health care provider. The lozenges work best if it is used on a regular schedule but do not use more than 20 lozenges per day.
- Place the lozenge between your cheek and gums and suck slowly. Each quit smoking lozenge should last between 20-30 minutes.
- Avoid beverages and food prior to and during use - this will reduce the effectiveness of the lozenge (by changing the Ph in your mouth).
- Gradually you will decrease the dose over time during the quit smoking process and can be used up to 12 weeks.
Side effects may include nausea, hiccups, and indigestion. Tell your doctor about any side effects you are experiencing.
- Do not smoke while using lozenges (or use other nicotine replacement products);
- Do not chew (may stick to dental work) or swallow lozenges;
- The safety of using nicotine lozenges during pregnancy is unproven;
- If you have heart disease, inform your provider before using any nicotine replacement product;
- Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and pets.
While this medication can be an effective aid to help you stop smoking, it works best when used as a part of a quit smoking program. For complete prescribing information, consult your doctor or pharmacist. Always consult with your doctor before making any health care decisions.
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