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Boots NicAssist 2 mg Lozenge
Boots NicAssist 2 mg Lozenge
Always use this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet or as your doctor, pharmacist or nurse has told you.
1. What NicAssist lozenge is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take NicAssist lozenge
3. How to take NicAssist lozenge
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store NicAssist lozenge
6. Contents of the pack and other information
This medicine contains nicotine which belongs to a group of medicines called nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). It acts to substitute the nicotine that you normally get from cigarettes and can help you to stop smoking.
It can be used to relieve the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal and reduce the cravings for nicotine that you get when you try to stop smoking. When you suck the lozenge, nicotine is released slowly and taken into the body through the lining of the mouth.
To help you quit smoking you should also try to use a behavioural support programme or counselling to increase your chances of success.
The benefits of stopping smoking far outweigh any potential risk from using nicotine from NRT. It is the toxins in cigarette smoke such as tar, lead, cyanide and ammonia that cause known smoking related diseases, not the nicotine.
This medicine can be used by adults of 18 years and over. However, some people should not use this medicine or should seek the advice of their pharmacist or doctor first.
Talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse before taking this medicine if you:
Do not use the lozenges, unless your doctor tells you to.
Not recommended for use in children under 12 years.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might use any other medicines particularly the following:
When you stop smoking your metabolism slows down. This can mean that some medicines may stay in your body longer than usual.
If you take any medicine on a regular basis, tell your doctor that you intend to stop smoking and follow his or her advice about these medicines. This includes medicines prescribed by your doctor and medicine you have bought for yourself, including herbal and homeopathic remedies.
Coffee, acidic and soft drinks may decrease the absorption of nicotine. Do not drink them for 15 minutes before sucking a lozenge.
It is very important to stop smoking during pregnancy because it can result in poor growth of your baby. It can also lead to premature births and even stillbirths. It is best if you can give up smoking without the use of medicines containing nicotine. If you cannot manage this, NicAssist lozenge should only be used after consulting a healthcare professional.
NicAssist lozenge should be avoided during breast-feeding as nicotine is found in breast milk and may affect your child. If a healthcare professional has recommended you to use NicAssist lozenge during breast-feeding, the lozenge should be sucked just after breast-feeding and not during the two hours before breast-feeding.
Smoking increases the risk of infertility in women and men. The effects of nicotine on fertility is unknown.
Nicotine products and children: Nicotine can be very dangerous to children. The amount of nicotine tolerated by adults and adolescents can make children very ill, and can sometimes be fatal. Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Driving and using machines: Using this medicine is not known to affect your ability to drive or use machines. However you should bear in mind that giving up smoking can change your behaviour.
This medicine contains 10 mg aspartame in each lozenge. Aspartame is a source of phenylalanine. It may be harmful if you have phenylketonuria (PKU), a rare genetic disorder in which phenylalanine builds up because the body cannot remove it properly.
Because NicAssist Lozenge contains maltitol (E965), a source of fructose:
Calorific value 2.3 kcal/g maltitol. NicAssist Lozenge ingredients are suitable for diabetics.
This medicine contains less than 1 mmol sodium (23 mg) per lozenge, that is to say essentially ‘sodium-free’.
Always take this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet or as your doctor, pharmacist or nurse has told you. Check with your doctor, pharmacist or nurse if you are not sure.
Check the foil is not broken before use. If it is, do not use that lozenge.
The lozenges are available in two strengths. Use the information below to decide which strength of lozenge to use.
For low to moderate dependency (less than 20 cigarettes / day)
For moderate to strong dependency (from 20 to 30 cigarettes / day)
For strong to very strong dependency (over 30 cigarettes / day)
If you use the 2 mg lozenge and find that you get side effects, try using the 1 mg lozenge instead.
1. Suck one lozenge until the taste becomes strong.
2. Rest the lozenge between your gums and cheek.
3. Suck again when the taste has faded.
4. Repeat this routine until the lozenge dissolves completely (about 30 minutes).
Adults over 18 years: Suck one lozenge every one to two hours when you feel the urge to smoke.
Most people use between 8 to 12 lozenges per day. However, if you still have an urge to smoke you can use more lozenges.
Do not use more than 15 of the 2 mg lozenges per day. Do not use more than 1 lozenge per hour.
Normally you should use the lozenges for at least 3 months, but this may vary from person to person. After 3 months, you should gradually reduce the number of lozenges used each day.
When you are using only one or two lozenges per day you should stop completely.
In general you should not use the Boots NicAssist 2 mg Lozenges for more than 6 months. However, some people may need to use them for longer to stop then smoking again.
If you need to use the lozenges for longer than 9 months, ask your pharmacist or doctor for advice.
Counselling may improve your chances of giving up smoking.
Use in children and adolescents (aged 12-17 years): Do not use the lozenges, unless your doctor tells you to.
Use in children below 12 years of age: Not recommended for use in children under 12 years.
If you use more lozenges than you should: Sucking too many lozenges can result in the same symptoms as smoking too much. The general symptoms of too much nicotine include weakness, excess sweating, pale skin, increased production of saliva, throat burn, feeling sick, being sick, diarrhoea, pain in the abdomen, disturbance of hearing and vision, confusion, tremor, headache, fast, slow or irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath and circulatory problems.
If this happens talk to your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
If you forget to use NicAssist lozenges: Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten lozenge.
If a child uses or swallows any lozenges: Talk to a doctor straight away. Take the child to the nearest casualty department. Take the medicine and this leaflet with you. Even small quantities of nicotine are dangerous in children and may result in severe symptoms or death. Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
STOP using the lozenge and seek medical help immediately if you have any of the following which may be signs of an allergic reaction:
In the first few days you may feel dizzy, get headaches or have difficulty sleeping. These may be withdrawal symptoms from stopping smoking and may be caused because you are not getting enough nicotine.
Common (affecting 1 to 10 people out of 100)
Uncommon (affecting 1 to 10 people out of 1000)
Not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data)
When you stop smoking you may also develop mouth ulcers. Mouth ulcers may be related to quitting smoking and not to your treatment.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
The pack contains 36, 72, 96, 144 or 204 white, round, mint flavoured lozenges. Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
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This leaflet was last revised in November 2021.
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