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Taking medications to quit can raise lots of questions. Make sure that you have the latest science-based information to guide you. The most commonly asked questions relating to quitting medications have been answered here. Browse or search.

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Q: Is the peppery or tingly taste in the lozenge or gum normal?

Q: Why would I want the patch, gum, or lozenge if I’m trying to quit nicotine?

Q: Can I use any form of NRT to help me taper down smoking?

Q: Can I use the lozenge along with other NRTs?

Q: Does the lozenge, or other NRT, work for smokeless tobacco users?

Q: If I’m taking other medications, can I use the lozenge?

Q: Can other NRTs be dosed by ‘Time to First Cigarette’?

Q: Are there advantages to the lozenge over other NRTs?

Q: Can I use the lozenge with Zyban/Wellbutrin SR (bupropion)?

Q: What is the nicotine lozenge?

Q: Does the lozenge have nicotine in it?

Q: How does the nicotine lozenge work?

Q: Is the lozenge more effective than other NRTs?

Q: Why is the lozenge different from other NRTs?

Q: What are the dose-strengths of the lozenge?

Q: How do I use the lozenge?

Q: When do I start using the lozenge?

Q: Does the lozenge have sugar in it?

Q: How do I know which lozenge strength to use?

Q: How does the ‘Time to First Cigarette’ (TTFC) rule work?

Q: How many lozenges can I use per day?

Q: What does the nicotine lozenge taste like?

Q: What are the side effects of the lozenge?

Q: Can I use the lozenge for less than the recommended 12 weeks?

Q: Can I use the lozenge during pregnancy?

Q: Under what conditions should I not use the lozenge?

Q: How long should I use the lozenge?

Q: Can I become addicted to the lozenge?

Q: Can I use the lozenge for longer than recommended?

Q: Is it dangerous to use more than the daily lozenge quota?

Q: Why does the lozenge use ‘Time to First Cigarette’ for dosing?

Q: Can a user switch lozenge dosages during treatment?

Q: Can smokers under the age of 18 use NRT?

Q: Would it be dangerous for a child to take a lozenge by mistake?

Q: Can I buy the lozenge over-the-counter?

Q: If I slip, should I stop using the lozenge?

Q: If I relapse, should I stop using the lozenge?

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