The over-the-counter Commit® nicotine lozenges are the most recent NRT available to the consumer, found in two strengths: 2 mg and 4 mg. You will need to determine which strength is right for you according to the manufacturer’s instructions. It is a recommended 12-week program according to the following times and dosages:
- Weeks 1 through 6: One lozenge every 1 to 2 hours
- Weeks 7 through 9: One lozenge every 2 to 4
- Weeks 10 through 12: One lozenge every 4 to 8 hours
- Do not smoke—for obvious reasons (you’re trying to quit, remember!) but also because smoking can dangerously increase the amount of nicotine in your body. This is true for any other product containing nicotine: snuff, chewing tobacco, and any other NRT product, such as nicotine gum, the inhaler, the patch, etc.
- Do not eat or drink for 15 minutes prior to taking the lozenge, since some beverages might inhibit the effectiveness of the lozenge.
The lozenge delivers nicotine through tissues in the mouth, so do not bite, break, chew or swallow the lozenge; suck on it for 20-30 minutes, until it is fully dissolved.
The maximum number of lozenges you should use in 6 hours is 5 (do not use more than 20 lozenges per day).
If after the 12 week program you want to continue using the lozenge, first consult your doctor.
The lozenge may cause some minor side effects, such as difficulty sleeping, nausea, hiccups, coughing, headaches, heartburn and gas.