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Are You Addicted to Nicotine Gum or Lozenges ?

Updated on April 15, 2017
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I was a heavy smoker for more than 30 years. After many attempts, I finally managed to kick the habit.

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Trading One Addiction for Another?

Nicotine gum and nicotine lozenges can be useful tools when you are trying to beat a smoking addiction. However, for a growing number of ex-smokers, there is a risk of trading one addiction for another. The number of smokers who start using these products to quit cigarettes and then find themselves trapped in a new addiction is unknown, but it may be substantial.

Many packages say you should not use nicotine gum or lozenges for more than three months. The trouble is, once you are hooked, you are hooked. I know people who have been using these products for years and are as dependent on them as they were on cigarettes. I find it interesting that no formal studies have been done on the effects of long-term use of these products, and yet nicotine gum and lozenges are readily available over the counter in your local drugstore or supermarket. I also personally know people who have used them for years—many years—and have experienced stomach problems, high blood pressure, borderline glaucoma, and hair loss among other things. All of these problems disappear when they finally stop using the nicotine-replacement products.

In addition, there is growing evidence of a relationship between long-term use of nicotine gum and mouth and throat cancer. I think some real medical studies are definitely in order.

Quitting cigarettes is hard—very hard. I should know. I kicked the habit after more than 30 years and I did it with the help of a nicotine patch, and later nicotine gum. I have now been smoke-free for more than a decade, but not gum- and lozenge-free. It took me years to free myself from that addiction, and my experience is far from unique.

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My Nicotine-Replacement Story

I had my last cigarette over a decade ago. I had managed to stop once for four years, but had a life crisis and bummed one cigarette. I couldn't believe that after four years, one cigarette could hurt, but it did. Within months I was back up to two packs a day, and a lot had changed.

For starters, the price of cigarettes had gone up dramatically and people were much less tolerant of smokers than they had been when I smoked before. The upshot was that after a year or so I started trying to quit again. I finally made it, going cold turkey with the help of the nicotine patch. I threw out all my cigarettes one night, slapped the patch on when I woke up the next morning, and that was it. After four weeks on the patch, weaning myself down from 21 mg to 14 mg of nicotine, I decided to switch toNicorette gum, figuring that I would taper off until I was using no nicotine replacement at all.

It didn't happen. Like any good addict, I stopped counting how many pieces of gum I chewed. I kept buying my supply and ignoring the fact that it was taking more and more of the substance to satisfy me. I consumed 10 or more of the 2 mg lozenges or pieces of nicotine gum a day. I grew to like the taste and looked forward to my lozenges the way I had once enjoyed cigarettes. I told myself that it was OK to keep using my lozenges because at least I wasn't smoking.

Now, I hasten to say that there are 4,000 substances in tobacco smoke that are not in the gum or the lozenges and most of them are poison and proven to be carcinogenic, but nicotine is the addictive substance in cigarettes and when you put it in a lozenge or piece of gum it is still an addictive substance. If you were a highly addicted cigarette smoker, you will be at high risk of becoming addicted to nicotine gum or nicotine lozenges.

That said, I must also admit that only with the help of nicotine replacement therapy was I able to get off cigarettes, so here is what I recommend for you if you are either a long-term user of nicotine gum or lozenges (more than three months) or a highly addicted smoker considering using nicotine replacement as a quitting aid.

How to Get Off the Gum

Whether you are using nicotine gum or lozenges to quit cigarettes, or are an ex-smoker who has become hooked on nicotine replacement, the same rules apply.

  • Do not, under any circumstances, smoke a cigarette while using nicotine gum or lozenges. An overdose can be very dangerous and will totally sabotage all your good work.
  • Buy a little notebook and carry it at all times. Use as many pieces of gum as you wish to calm cravings, but note how many you use and the time so that you know how many a day you are using. Be honest with yourself and don't cheat or forget—that is important. Most people use 15 to 20 lozenges or pieces of gum a day when they first give up smoking. You want to get a baseline and work down from there.
  • After two weeks take away just one lozenge a day and see how you do. The idea is to use the nicotine replacement just enough to keep the withdrawal symptoms at bay, but not so much that the gum replaces cigarettes, so you should be feeling mild but manageable cravings. When these stop, withdraw one more lozenge or piece of gum from your daily allotment. Do this for as long as it takes but no longer than three months. Once you are down to five or so nicotine hits a day, you might want to put the lozenges or gum someplace inconvenient in your home—like in the attic or a closet or under a pile of books so that you really have to make an effort to get one—and of course keep track in your notebook.
  • If you are still using gum or lozenges three months after giving up cigarettes, you have probably substituted one addiction for another and are just not getting your nicotine hit from cigarettes (which is good) but are still hooked on nicotine which you are getting from gum or lozenges (not so good). Start with step one above and get yourself unhooked. If you can't do it alone, talk to your doctor or enlist a friend to supervise your tapering off period. Do not, under any circumstances smoke a cigarette. It is amazing how stubborn an addiction can be and it is equally amazing how having to be accountable to your doctor or a trusted friend will help you unload those last few nicotine quitting aids and become totally nicotine free.

Kicking cigarettes is no small thing and, as many will tell you, getting hooked on nicotine replacement therapy is not nearly as bad as being hooked on cigarettes. (Plus you don't have to step outside in the rain and cold to chew a piece of gum after dinner.) But, and this is a big BUT: nicotine, even in the form of gum or lozenges is a poison, bad for your body, and highly addictive. Long term use can bring on serious health problems, and there are those who say there may be a link to gastric and mouth cancers, as well as dental problems. The bottom line is: nicotine gum and lozenges can be important aids to quitting cigarettes, but it is equally important to not let the aid become a new addiction.

Nicotine Addiction is Real

For More Information

Side Effects of Nicotine Gum - This is an informative article from Buzzle.com

The Best Way to Really Quit Smoking - This is an article I wrote about my experience.

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      Roberta Kyle 6 weeks ago from Central New Jersey

      Thanks for the tip, Jason Le Phillips and thank you also Huckleberry and Suz for taking the time to comment. Good luck to both of you. I quit dozens of times before I finally became tobacco and nicotine free. Don't give up giving up. Each step forward teaches you something.

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      Hucleberry 6 weeks ago

      I have been addicted to the gum for just under two years. Tried cold turkey I didnt do too bad but the craving was too strong. Will try again.

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      Suz 2 months ago

      After quitting smoking and using the lozenges I found I am addicted to the lozenges. I'm not ready to go cold turkey from all forms so I've committed to the patch alone. 8 weeks as I wean myself down from the lozenges. I quit smoking once using the patch alone so I feel pretty good I can quit the lozenges this way as well. I am on day 2 and have had 2 lozenges 1mg each. I am hopeful to be off all of it 8 weeks from now.

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      Jason Le Phillips 3 months ago

      Also, to reduce the dose of your gum without having cut it up and chew a tiny amount:

      Find a water source like a sink, stick your gum in your mouth and chew. Fill your mouth with water and swish with the gum. spit out the water. Now your gum is a bit milder but definitely not dead. Continue to drink water to dilute as needed as you enjoy your new lower level of nicotine. Wish they'd just sell the flavor in 1mg and 0mg.

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      James lacoste 4 months ago

      Wow, that absolutely makes No sence. As a smoker you are physically dependent on Nicotine, NRT lets you wean down, on nicotine. So how can you trade one addiction for another. You never changed nicotine is nicotine. For example. When an opiate addict goes on replacement therapy and people say o you traded one addiction for another you went from a Vicodin addict to a suboxone addict. That doesn't make any sense an opiate is an opiate. People trading an addiction would be like I stoped drinking so now I'm gambling that's trading an addiction. Not I'm a camel addict now I'm a Nicolette addict or I was a heroin addict and now I'm a methadone addict. The masses are true morons

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      MK 5 months ago

      Finally admitting to the N lozenge addiction.

      14 years after smoking 30.

      I am hooked and am going to try to quit it a lozenge less a day at a time.

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      Roberta Kyle 9 months ago from Central New Jersey

      Thank you Joel Weeks and PF Bankroller for adding your voices and experience here. As Joel says, it's no big mystery. Nicotine is what you are addicted to and it comes in lozenges and gum as well as cigarettes. To kick any addiction is no easy task. It takes committment, time AND above all, self honesty. Nicotine replacement therapy can be helpful in quitting cigarettes, but clearly, it has its own dangers because nicotine addiction is nicotine addiction no matter what substance it comes from.

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      PF Bankroller 9 months ago

      I have been addicted to lozenges for about 10+ years....I lost count. Is tarted using them when they first came out. I am glad to be off cigarettes, but traded one addiction or another. I would love help.

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      Joel Weeks 9 months ago

      That's no shocker, really. After all, what do you think you're addicted to? Tobacco!!!! No, Margaret, it is the NICOTINE your brain is craving. The ONLY way to beat an addiction into submission is cold turkey. Nicotine replacement therapies are far from the 'solution' and only serve to enrich those that market them. I know....I was addicted to Copenhagen for nearly FOUR decades.

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      bc1965 9 months ago

      Same here. I quit smoking in 2011 and haven't had a cavity in years. I've been using the Thrive 1MG lozenges ever since, and in the last four months I've had three cavities. Perhaps a coincidence but I cannot think of what else it could be. My oral hygiene is exemplary, aside from the lozenges.

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      Ron 9 months ago

      Too bad the manufacturers don't make the next step in nicotine replacement therapy.....0.0mg of nicotine I know I'm addicted to the 2mg of nicotine but I'm also addicted to the taste and the sucking on the lozenges. If I could get a 0.0mg of nicotine lozenge that taste the same I feel it would give me a better chance at success.

      Anyone know of a hard candy with similar taste to the cherry flavor lozzenge?

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      sandbaby 9 months ago

      Does anyone know WHY lozenges and gum cause cavities? I have researched the ingredients and mannitol and sucralose are not suppose to cause cavities, so I don't understand why all of a sudden I have 4 cavities, when I haven't had any for years and years.

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      Roberta Kyle 9 months ago from Central New Jersey

      OK I'm responding to the last three comments here.

      Hi again Melanie-- yes I have run into others who smoked and used lozenges or patches. I treally isn't a good idea because you now have a double addiction to nicotine in two forms to fight instead of one. The first thing to do is to get yourself off the cigs totally. Use either lozenges or patches but not both and just get the cigs out of the house. You might want to try a support group as well, for some in-person reinforcement. Don' t be in a hurry to start tapering off the patch or lozenges, just get yourself off cigarettes and above all... don't be hard on yourself. Just keep on trying till you make it. Good luck.

      Lori--Good to see you too and thanks for your comment. I know the lozenges are expensive, but don't fall into the trap you are setting for yourself and start smoking again. Don't worry about the expense of NRT, it is a lot easier on your lungs than smoking and won't give you cancer :-) if you make a serious plan to cut down on the lozenges ( maybe with the help of your doctor, or an in person weekly support group like Nicotine Anonymous, you perhaps can begin to taper down on the lozenges. Good luck to you too.

      I hear you, Karen, I gave up smoking cigarettes in 2000, but chewed the gum and sucked on the lozenges till 2008 or 9 and had some horrendous dental bills btw. I decided to treat the lozenge addiction seriously as an addiction and developed my tapering plan-- it worked for me because I was ready to quit, but you need o do whatever works for you and yes, you probably do need some help from either your doctir or an in person support group in your area. You really dont have to do this alone and it really is an addiction not just a bad habit. Get all the help you can and don' f feel bad about it ... Good luck to you as well.

      Thanks to all three of you for your honesty and really helpful comments.

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      Karen 9 months ago

      OK. Here I am. Twenty years after quitting smoking and STILL addicted to nicotine gum. I still remember getting a prescription for it before I finally quit. I chew about 30 2-mg a day. I shop online for the cheapest price. I hear ya. I really need to get off this stuff, if only for the money!

      I probably need help... :(

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      Lori Lewis 10 months ago

      I quit using NRT, and now have been using 2 mg lozenges for almost 2 years now, the 81 lozenge package lasts 4 days, and costs $50. A carton of my cigs only cost $32 and lasted 10 days, so really, I have traded addiction to one for a more expensive addiction, and am struggling to get off, but cannot seem to cut down below 17 lozenges per day at 2 mg each. Phoey on NRT.

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      Melanie 11 months ago

      Thanks Robie, I was honest and I wonder how many others are hooked on chewing gum and smoke while chewing the gum.

      I tried patches every day for over a year and whilst they helped me cut down smoking, I still smoked and gradually upped my smoking as I got used to the patch. Then started on the gum again, that was 5 years ago.

      Have you come across smokers who also use gum or lozenges? Have they been able

      I think too using gum and drinking coffee and alcohol really accelerates the addiction to the gum.

      I'm a happy person, not depressed. Just your quintessential "I love my cigarettes" smoker, but am also a closet gum addict. I hope I one day flick the switch, its just hard when you enjoy it so much!

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      Roberta Kyle 11 months ago from Central New Jersey

      Hello Lora2 and Melanie. Thanks for stopping by and adding your two cents..... both of you left such honest comments. Lora2--why not try the patch? It might work for you. I hear you on the teeth-- lozenges did a number on mine too. and Melanie, it's all about the addiction, you are right, but there is always hope. You too might want to consider doing the patch and ditching both the cigarettes and the lozenges-- just a thought :-)

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      Melanie 11 months ago

      So many inspiring stories. Alas, I am not one.

      I always wanted to smoke cigatettes and started at 11. Loved being a smoker. Tried a half assed attempt to quit with tbr gum, but actually liked them.

      Now ive been Addicted to gum for over 15 years, I broke "rule #1", I smoked too when I used the gum. Tried patches, spray, lozenges, inhalers, but always back to the gum. And still smoking. The gum has helped me cut back to 30-40 cigarettes a day, but I need my gum and just can't quit smoking or my gum.

      Best wishes to all addicts. Break rule #1 and prepare to puff and chew your life away. Xxxx

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      Lora2 12 months ago

      I have been addicted to the lozenges for 14 years. I quit smoking when my grandchild was born. For 12 of these years I used the regular lozenges, which did a number on my teeth. I then switched to the minis. I need to quit ! I am going to try your suggestion, but I am really not sure if I can. Would u suggest trying the patch,, I use probably 40 a day.

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      Roberta Kyle 13 months ago from Central New Jersey

      I think you are right ChrisB. I wish I had stayed on the patch and never used the lozenges. Far from " tapering off". They just got me more hooked on nicotine. Thanks for putting in your 2 cents

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      Chris B. 13 months ago

      I am currently quitting nicotine lozenges after a 10 year addiction. What's crazy is that I smoked for less time (7 years). I quit the lozenges for 1.5 years and then went back. The key to quitting, is using the patch. With the patch, there are no behaviors tied to the substance. There's no immediate rush when you put a patch on and it it takes up to 3 hours to enter your bloodstream. The patch regulates the dose for you, so you can get on with your day without the added stress of regulating your addiction. If you have to have something in your mouth at the same time, use tic tacs or mint chicklets. That behavior is not tied to the substance rush and will die out. I strongly suggest using the patch but following the full program, not modifying it with any other nicotine replacement. Patches will have a higher success rate. Good luck everyone!

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      Roberta Kyle 21 months ago from Central New Jersey

      I hear you, lozenge user. No question that lozenges really do help. I could never have stayed off cigarette without them. I say don't hate yourself.... very unproductive. Congratulations for getting off and staying off of cigarettes. That is a huge achievement. When you are ready to try again to unload the lozenges for good, try the methods people have shared here in these comments to taper down and really get off them by substituting something else. Adding a support group of people quitting smoking either online or in real life might also be helpful. Above all, don't be hard on yourself about still using the lozenges. That's why they call it addiction :-) If it were easy to quit, there would be no problem. You are not weak willed, or a bad person..... you are just addicted to nicotine. It's biochemical..... not a moral issue. Thanks for sharing in these comments and very good luck to you.

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      P.S. to above comments 21 months ago

      I wanted to add this: I was sent to a pulmonary specialist by my GP because of thirty years of smoking. The doc said I have extremely mild COPD and it hasn't progressed in three years. He also said if I hadn't stopped smoking when I did (15 years ago) my lungs would be in much worse shape. So, money spent on lozenges, extreme expense to fix teeth, (not to mention looking like a moron by still smoking, i.e. social issues) BUT they saved my lungs. How much are functional lungs worth? They were the difference between life and death from smoking. Yet, I'm still having a hard time getting off and STAYING off the lozenges. Frustrating!!

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      Lozenge User 21 months ago

      I'm still struggling to get off the lozenges despite everything --- HUGE dental expenses (could have bought a nice car ... new!) by using sugarless candy and gums, holding/puffing fake cigarettes and so on. Nothing is working. I feel like a hard drug addict, the craving is THAT bad. I'm depressed and detest myself and my predicament. I think we need a class action lawsuit TO HIT THE MEDIA to enlighten the public.

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      Roberta Kyle 23 months ago from Central New Jersey

      Good luck Fores1gh7. I totally relate. I gave up smoking once for four years and thought I would just have a couple of cigarettes to get me through a really tough time HA.... was back up to two packs a day within a year and a half. Had to start all over again. Don't know what possessed me, but it seemed like a good idea at the time :-) Here's wishing you a swift and easy passage back to tobaccoless living with a minimal withdrawal. Hope you will come back and share your experience here. Thanks for sharing your particular journey here.... I am sure I am not the only one who relates.

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      Fores1gh7 23 months ago

      I've been really enjoying reading the comments here. I smoked, chewed tobacco or dipped snuff on and off for about a decade, and then in 2010 I stopped entirely for about 3 and a half years.

      I was honestly totally separated from tobacco, with essentially no cravings, but traveling alone on a long road trip one hot summer day, I got the idiotic idea in my brain to buy some chewing tobacco. And man, how it burned my gums after years of non-use.

      After four months of constant chewing (still no smoking, however, for all of these years), I've decided that it was a terrible habit to pick back up, and I just completed my 3-month-supply of 2mg lozenges yesterday.

      I was sooooo close to resupplying my next 3 month supply when I started reading about the lozenges online.

      And I must say, I didn't particularly feel addicted to the lozenges, but I did indeed look forward to ingesting them. I would normally have anywhere from around 3 to 8 daily (typically more if I'd been drinking).

      I have been totally without them today, and so far I feel fine...but I feel in the next few days I'm going to start the withdrawal process.

      BUT, this page prompted me to create an account and share my experience and to say thanks for the board, as it has totally confirmed my decision to not buy another supply of lozenges.

      I'll be back and forth to read other poster's comments, and hopefully share support of others. I'm also going to buy some mints like the mentioned Fisherman's Friends to help me suppress the lack of lozenges.

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      Roberta Kyle 2 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Hi Elizabeth--good for you and don't give up, but I hope you will try to unhook from the lozenges. It is easier than giving up the cigarettes, but still not exactly a walk in the park... don't know about gall bladder issues. I suspect not much research has been done, but you might post a question on one of the patient forums... here's a link. http://www.askapatient.com/viewrating.asp?drug=186... and, of course, ask your doctor about it. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      Elizabeth C. 2 years ago

      I've addicted to nicotine lozenges for at least five years. Mouth is constantly busy with lozenge. I wonder if the injestion of lozenges cause gall bladder issues.

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      John K 2 years ago

      Nicotine lozenges helped me to quit my smoking habit but I have been on the lozenges for over five years. I am 78 years old and in good health and the only reason I see for quitting the lozenges is the cost. I would welcome any advice because I really would like to get off them.

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      June Campbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Yes, I was addicted to Nicotine Gum back when I quit smoking. This was in the mid eighties, and at that time, where I lived, you needed a doctor's prescription for nicotine gum. I managed to get the prescription for about two years. After that, I tapered off to chewing regular gum, and I chewed regular gum as my substitute for years and years. I gave up the gum at the time that I had some teeth removed and began using a partial plate. Gum sticks to the partial denture, and I didn't like the no stick gum, so finally, I was free, totally free, of the cigarette habit and its gum chewing aftermath.

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      Roberta Kyle 3 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Hey Trevor.... sorry I've been away, but what I nice surprise to find your post. Thanks for sharing your success and congratulations.

      and thanks to you too Steve for stopping by and taking the tie to share your nicotine story. Do you mean Chantix rather than Campix? I think that Chantix is the stop smoking drug and I've known a couple of people who used it successfully to quit smoking and a couple of more who got severe depression from it and for whom it didn't work. Glad to hear that it worked for you and helped you get off the lozenges ( whether is is Chantix or Champix or whatever :-)) It doesn't sound pleasant, but at least it did the job and you are now nicotine free YAYYYY

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      steve 3 years ago

      I was addicted for three or four years to nicotine gum. I was chewing up to 12 pieces of 4mg gum a day. I tried cutting down but just couldn't do it. I went to my doctor and was given champix. It made me so sick. I didn't think I could go through with it. It is not a pleasant way to stop chewing gum- it's HELL. After the first week the gum tasted vile. I dropped back to 2mg gum. After the third week I was chewing normal non-nicotine gum and just a couple of 2mg gum a day. Then it just seemed to stop. I'm not going through with the 12 week plan on champix. I've been off the nicotine gum four days and off the pills two. It might be an option for those who've been chewing nicotine gum for years. It won't be pleasant, but it worked for me. Good luck!

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      Trevor 3 years ago

      Hiya Robie, you were right, the cravings do get less after a while. I suppose that when you consider that this is the first time I have been completely free from nicotine in more than thirty years, it is perfectly understandable that there would be a dramatic reaction to this sudden change. I think it would be very strange if there was not. However, that doesn't make the change easy to cope with! I suppose that it will continue to get easier as time passes, at least I hope so. Donna, I don't know if this is any help, but I have got right off Fisherman's Friends and everything else now, not that I was addicted to them, but because I wanted to stop replacing the lozenges with anything at all. By the way, I am also in Australia (Vic). Thanks again Robie; I will keep reading your hub, and will keep you posted as to how it's going. Good luck to everyone else too. Thankyou

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      Roberta Kyle 3 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Good luck Ben and thanks for stopping by and sharing your lozenge experience.....stick with the patch is my advice LOL

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      Ben 3 years ago

      Yup, those mints can get you. I realized I was hooked on them and just started smoking again to stop the mints. I bought the mini ones (the normal ones are gross) Trying again with patch....

      I use to work in a machine shop where everyone but two people smoked. Since the boss smoked (and a lot too) taking a CIG break every 45 minutes was cool. Now that I'm back in school should be easier.

      My car just got hailed on and I'm paying extra to just get the whole car painted nice so I can't afford to smoke.

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      Roberta Kyle 3 years ago from Central New Jersey

      yAYYYYYYY Donna. I hope you can hear me clapping and shouting for you all the way down there in Oz :-) Thank you so much for sharing your process here. I think it really helps others and I know that I find it gratifying. I had no idea when I wrote this hub how many people were in the same boat with me. It has been a real eye opener.

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      Donna Oz 3 years ago

      Hi,

      Well! I am now 1 day and 13 hours nicotine free! Woo hoo! I didn't end up getting the patches, I finished off the gum, having the last piece Friday night. I found a free 'quit smoking' app on my phone which has helped immensely, it counts the hours, prompts me to stick with it and even has a little game which helps distract me through the craving. I also bought some fisherman friend lollies as recommended on here by others. I am choosing to stay right away from normal gum as I think the chewing thing was part of my addiction. Today I was motivated enough to do a coastal walk which was wonderful. I have to say that I felt very anxious on Friday night at the prospect of letting nicotine go. I needn't have been so worried, I am not alone. Thank you to every single person who has put something on here- I have read them all. They have inspired me to do this and keep going no matter what.

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      Roberta Kyle 3 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Hi Donna-- good for you. Sounds like a plan and I for one am sending good vibes down under to you.... slap that patch on and suck on breath mints of life savers or eat popcorn or whatever..... you will soon be totally, blessedly nicotine free.... yayyyyy... keep us posted ...

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      Donna M 3 years ago

      Thank you :-) I feel more positive having others who understand. I don't think slowly reducing the gum will work with me, I've done that only to build it up again. I think I will try using patches and reduce them as has been suggested before. I just want to get right away from the whole chewing thing. After reading people's experiences on here last night I did not have another piece of gum. I have 10 pieces left so will keep one until I can get some patches and throw the rest away. I feel excited, I really want to be free of this lousy addiction! So grateful for this hub. Ps. I'm from down under in Sydney Australia :-)

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      Roberta Kyle 3 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Totally get it, Donna and hope this hub and the comments will help you quit if that is what you want to do... It takes some concentration, but it can be done. I used the taper method I describe in the hub and many people have documented their "gum and lozenge journeys" in the comments on this hub...... Good luck and do keep checking in.

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      Donna M 3 years ago

      Oh wow! People so understand! I have been hooked on nicotene gum for 15 years and I am so over it. The only time I'm not chewing is when I am asleep :-( I thought if was wonderful in the beginning, but nicotene is nicotene no matter how you take it. I have tried to stop more times than I can remember, it's really getting me down.

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      Roberta Kyle 3 years ago from Central New Jersey

      HI Trevor-- hang in... you are almost home. The cravings should be getting further and further apart by now, but often when they come they are very strong... kind of like there are fewer of them but the ones you get seem stronger... notice I say " seem" ..... this is the nicotine leaving your system and it will take another few weeks for it to be entirely gone. It is different for every person, but eventually the cravings do stop if you hang in there. Keep sucking on the Fishermans Friends if theyhelp. They don't have nicotine in them and it is the nicotine withdrawal that is giving you the cravings...... substitute with Fisherman's friends, or strong mints, or gum, or raw carrots or whatever helps. Just do not give in and have even one lozenge..... BTW you cannot get addicted to Fishermans Friend cough drops.... they don't have nicotine or any other addictive substance in them..... you can get used to using them as a nicotine substitute, but true addiction..... nah, not possible. First things first. Use them to unload the lozenges and then worry about unloading Fishermans Friend..... thanks for sharing your ezperience here and good luck

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      Trevor 3 years ago

      Thankyou for this forum. I have been on 12 x 4 mg lozenges a day for the past nine years. Addicted to them every bit as much as cigarettes, even though the amount of nicotine is much lower than when I was smoking. For the past six weeks I have been off lozenges, but finding it hard, though I think the cravings are getting less. Fisherman's Friends are supposed to be helping and I think they are, but I don't want to get addicted to them! How long do the cravings usually last after lozenges?Thanks again

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      Roberta Kyle 3 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Hang in Horsewoman... and outwait the cravings if you can. I know they can be intense, but they rarely last more than ten minutes. I used to tell myself, I can put this off for half an hour and if I still want one then I can have it.... I did the half hour by half hour thing for cigarettes ( and, like you, many years ago for booze) and I found it worked for lozenges too. You are doing great. Your teeth, stomach, and brain are going to thank you when this is over ( and it will end, I promise). The cravings will get farther and farther apart and you will get better and better at waiting them out. Just wait and see :-)

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      Sharon Mc 3 years ago from North Central Ohio

      This is my 3rd day on step 2 patches. After 35 yrs smoking menthols (long brown cigs) and 5 years of losenges. I still want to scream! I did have a quarter of a piece between patches the first 2 days. I want one so bad right now! I have eaten all of my snacks and need a trip to the store. I just have to go to one that doesn't sell losenges. My teeth feel better. Like Helen032, I'm a recovering alcoholic and that first one is the engine not the caboose! But Aaarrggghhhh! and The Serenity Prayer again...Thanks everyone and good luck!

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      Bob 8020 3 years ago

      Nicotine gum for 20 years. Trying to come off with nicotine patch. Any experience using this technique of graded reduction to cessation?

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      Roberta Kyle 3 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Great you are off cigarettes, Brian..... hope you will want to get off the nico pills eventually and be totally nicotine free.... but I say it takes what it takes to get off cigarettes and Kudos to you for doing it. When you are ready, the nico pills will go as well, I am sure. Good luck and thanks for sharing your experience here,

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      Brian 3 years ago

      Just thought I'd let people know how I quit smoking.... I smoked as much as I could the night before and then went to sleep. The next day I used the tic-tac-sized nico pills and been hooked every since (7 years on the pills). Stop smoking! Wooo Hooo! Now addicted to the pill :-(

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      Roberta Kyle 3 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Hi Merrilegs.... great to hear from you again and thanks for reporting back and sharing the details with us here. It certainly helps me remember just how strong the hold of nicotine can be. I identify with your struggle and am pulling for you. Kudos to you for getting the nicotine totally out of your system in all forms. Who knows what your health would be like if you were still smoking cigarettes, or what your teeth would be like if you were still using lozenges.... For what it is worth I have three dental implants and numerous crowns and caps all acquired during the time I was on the lozenges or smoking cigarettes..... no new major dental problems in the last few years since I got off the gum and lozenges, so there is hope. Wish I could stop the aging process, and if you figure out a way, let me know :-) ( just kidding) I know it sucks, I really do. Nicotine does speed up the metabolism. I wrote a hub explaining why you gain weight when you quit smoking. There is a link to it above, at the end of this hub. You might want to go look at it. It explains the mechanism and what you can do ( which is basically what you are doing) but it is also true that your body will probably even out eventually, especially if you watch what you eat and keep moving. In the meantime keep in mind how much better your skin looks, how much better your hair smells and use all the money you are saving to buy yourself some beauty. You may not have money for dental implants, but you can get a haircut or some new. well fitting underwear, or some new make up or perfume......you've put in a lot of effort,and it really is paying off, even if it doesn't seem so sometimes... and you have been a wonderful voice here on this hub, for which I really really thank you.

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      merrylegs 3 years ago

      Here I am again - posted 2 years ago after 5 years cig free but with a HUGE addiction to NRT lozenges AND sugar-free gum. What is THAt about? Is it lack of self-belief? Stopped both cold-turkey. I can't do reduction. If I have something to hand I will take it/use it. Did pretty well for a while - the money saved on gum alone was quite substantial. Did a healthy eating plan at the same time. Then found myself putting on weight anyway. Cut back even more on the calories - then realised the calories in Fisherman's friends (which I used to get off the nicotine and as is my way, kept increasing). Got fed up with myself and was going through a pretty tough time as well. So went back on the nicotine 1mg lozenges. Sad?! Lost a few pounds and felt back in control and got back off the lozenges - again cold turkey. Still using F/friends and sugar free polos. (Will NEVER use gum again - was ill on that). Am trying to keep it all under control remembering calories. And to keep moving.

      Bottom line is though - I have now had to have several teeth pulled and all round the areas where I used to park those nicotine lozenges. And I can't afford implants so am watching my face age what feels like too fast to me and feel quite rubbish about that. Sometimes feels like a LOT of effort over the years for not much reward!!!!!

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      joe 3 years ago

      I used to be a very heavy smoker and had it not been for lozenges I never would have been able to quit. Gum and patches did not work for me. I haven't smoked in 7 years and I thank God for that every day. For anyone who is trying to quit, I highly recommend them . They work. If later you have trouble getting off the lozenges, wear a patch for a week and suck on sugarless candy, tic tacs and gum. I havent had an ill effects from the lozenges but did trade one addiction for another for a long time. It was worth it to me. If I hadn't quit smoking, I'd be dead soon, if not by now. Please do not be afraid to use the lozenges, They work when nothing else will

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      Roberta Kyle 3 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Thank you G, Alvev, Horsewoman and Nicotine addict for adding so much information and keeping the conversation going. Since writing this Hub I have been awed by the power of nicotine as an addictive substance and by the number of health issues the gum and lozenges can cause. Thanks to all for sharing your personal nicotine struggles, especially with the gum and lozenges here. I think it is helping some people to read about the struggles of others.

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      Nicotine addict 3 years ago

      I too started smoking menthol cigarettes daily at 14. When I crept to two packets a day, I tried nicorette lozenges and gum. I am now an addict and still smoke 15-20 cigarettes a day. But if I don't have my 4mg lozenges, I smoke up to four packets. I got more hooked trying to stop.

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      Sharon Mc 3 years ago from North Central Ohio

      Also inquiring to Alvev, please share where we ca find that information and/or who did them. Thanks.

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      Sharon Mc 3 years ago from North Central Ohio

      Thank you Robie 2 and everyone! I found this while suffering a terrble tooth ache grom the decay the losenges caused. I am on my 6th tube of Oragel and my 2nd dentist for repairs.

      I use 1 1/2-2 boxes of 2mg cherry flavored a week of a major department store brand (108 in each box).

      I am 55 yoa & have COPD (emphysema) on 2ml oxygen 24/7. I smoked for 31 years, plus 2nd hand smoke from both parents. I've tried hipnosis, patches, gum, citrus drinks, cold turkey and nothing was succesful except the losenges. Now 5 years later here I am with a mouth full of rotten teeth and a host of other health issues (unexplained galbladder/upper right quadrant pain, fibromyalgia, tinnitus), not to mention an expensive habbit.

      I started my chart last night (notebook on android) and I went all night without one and a half an hour after waking up. I said some prayers before starting this journey and being one without much self control this is my shot.

      Just a note regarding a comment I think you may have overlooked back 2 years ago. A woman named Dawn, has a twin has lost her feet because the bones died and she had no success with cadaver bones. No medical explanation why. I am going to look over everything again to make sure I didn't miss an update from her. I am sorry this cure has been a necessary evil for her. I shall remember them both I my prayers.

      Thanks again.

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      alvev 3 years ago

      There's no growing evidence of cancer from lozenges. I searched for the evidence in peer-reviewed journals and the last one I found was from 2009 and it was about nicotine gum, not lozenges.

      Aspartame doesn't cause cancer. However, if you suck on candy with sugar you'll damage your teeth.

      The gas you get from the lozenges is cured by taking a probiotic.

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      3 years ago

      I smoked for ten years, but easily quit with the lozenges. I've been addicted to the lozenges for over seven years. I don't over use them at all, but my stomach upset is getting worse and worse. I have no other side effects that I know of. I use 1-2 lozenges a day, biting off tic-tac size pieces here and there. The stomach upset will go away as my body craves nicotine, but as soon as the lozenge hits my stomach, the pain or gas starts. Sometimes, like tonight, the pain and bloat turns into a nausea that lasts all night. I'm quitting cold turkey now. Good luck everyone!

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      Roberta Kyle 3 years ago from Central New Jersey

      and best of luck to you too, Muse. Thank you for leaving a comment. You can do it, I am sure and you will be so happy when it is done. Let us know how you are doing.

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      Muse 3 years ago

      Wow, I really thought I was alone in my lozenge addiction. I'm sorry to see so many people struggling. This article made me take off the rose-colored glasses so to speak. I will begin the recording and tapering process tomorrow morning. Thank tou for writing this, and thank you to all the commenters; each comment informed and inspired me. Best of luck to all!

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      Roberta Kyle 3 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Hi Mary- don't go off the lozenges cold turkey and congratulations on your seven months without a cigarette. If you want to try something, just keep a journal of how many lozenges you consume in a day.... write down every one you take, but don't even think about stopping yet. Don't worry about the weight either. It will come off eventually. There are good reasons why we all gain weight when we quit. It has to do with a changing metabolism. There is lots of info about this online. I wrote a hub on the subject. You can check it out here on Hubpages. What is most important is that you are not smoking cigarettes. A lozenge addiction will be easier to kick that cigarettes. Above all don't go back to smoking. If you just keep track of the lozenges you use, you will find out how many you use in a typical day, will discover your pattern, and will know when you are ready to cut back. Don't even try before you know you are ready.

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      Mary 3 years ago

      I'm afraid if I don't have the lozenge with me I'll go right back to smoking. It' been 7 months without a cigarette for me. I've also gained 25 lbs. Help me some-one.

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      Roberta Kyle 3 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Goog luck, Louise...... it really can be done... if you gave up cigarettes you can give up the nicotine lozenges. If I can do it, anybody can. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Would love to know how it goes. Hope you'll let us all know.

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      Louise 3 years ago

      Great post and so good not to feel so alone with this. 4 years of lozenge addiction I have really had enough, I'm gonna go for it and get some fisher mans friends. Fingers crossed!

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      J-Le 3 years ago

      Hi everyone, I have popped back to let you all know that I have been off the Lozenges for 6 weeks now :-) When I last came on here I was so desperate to quit but just couldn't seem to do it.

      Anyway I tried the fishermens friends and they seemed to help cut down but still I couldn't give the Nic quits up. I cut down to 1mg in mint ( best deal BTW was Boots own!) and then after getting used to the mint flavour it was easy to replace them with polo's ! I sucked as many as I wanted for 2 weeks and then gave them up too which was so easy. I know that they are bad for your teeth so as long as this doesn't replace the other habit long term then they were fine short term. The sugar free polos can give you laxative symptoms if too many are consumed.

      Good luck everyone x

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      Roberta Kyle 3 years ago from Central New Jersey

      That is wonderful..... I'm pulling for you. A word of warning though.... if you get a craving ride it through, do not, under any circumstances, start popping lozenges mindlessly into your mouth while wearing the patch. Double trouble dontchaknow :-) That said...... stock up on Fisherman's Friend, or peppermints or whatever and go for it!!!!!!!

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      Cath 3 years ago

      Hi Robbie, thanks for that. Have currently replaced the lozenges with the patches...Need to get a huge workload out of way before attempting to give up the patches. Looking at taking a few weeks off work to focus on giving up on the patches...Cant wait!! :) I spent 30 years living on coffee and cigarettes, this new journey is so exciting, and just getting better by the day. Blessings

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      Roberta Kyle 3 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Hi Cath-- all I can say is that you really can get unhooked and I hope you choose to give it a try. There are lots of tips in this comments thread along with lots of encouragement from people who have done it. We are all cheering you on so go for it:-)

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      Cath 3 years ago

      I m also addicted to the lozenges....have many of the side effect...Bad stomach, eye sight gettting bad, memory loss and fogginess...All symptoms of aspartame...The artificial sweetener used in the Habitrol lozenges I use...Interestingly monsanto owns the company that makes aspartame...They also own one of the big phamacy companies...Feeling like a guinea pig...Pretty clever keep us hooked on nicotine, get us sick with aspartame, attempt to fix us with chemicals...Trillion dollar business all up...

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      Roberta Kyle 3 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Thanks so much nyc for sharing your experience here and I totally agree with your assessment though I have no professional qualifications other than as an ex smoker and ex nicotine lozenge addict. I am so grateful to be unhooked from nicotine in all forms. I certainly needed the lozenges to quit, but I also abused them for years and Lord only knows what the long term effects on teeth and gastro intestinal tract are.... Kudos to you for getting it done and for letting others know about it. You are the best!!!!! It also gives me real pleasure to know that this hub and the comments here helped you.

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      nyc 4 years ago

      Hi all... I was on the lozenges (7+ years) recently quit them cold turkey... Up to 10 days now..

      I started reading these blogs as I was feeling a high level of anxiety on day 1 and wanted some reassurance that the symptoms would pass and I could do it.

      So in the hope of helping others quit these extremely evil little follies...I wanted to briefly share and reassure that quitting really isn't that hard.

      Day 1 2 and 3 were difficult. The symptoms are mainly anxiety, strangely empty stomach and quite depressed. Day 1 was absolutely the worst but these symptoms deteriorate and go by day 5.

      The annoying symptom that replaces anxiety/depression is a horrible constant metallic taste in your mouth... probably withdrawal from having something constantly in your mouth..

      Tums have helped this problem however... and now day 10 ... still have that taste (much lesser extent) feeling quite hungry... but my skin has cleared up immensely and I am feeling myself...

      These nicotine products are evil and I'm sure the FDA etc just don't know the long term effects.... rest assured quitting is not that hard!!! These expensive little pills are probably causing long term damage!

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      Peter King 4 years ago

      Have been addicted to these for years on and off. The recent price hike has really ,made me think. Got a friend who in her 30's was a serious heavy drinker, sadly now 41 she has been diagnosed with bowel cancer.... Makes you realise how short life is. Hence wanting to get off these legal drugs now I have been off the alcohol for a month. So this should be easy too.

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      Mandi 4 years ago

      Hi remember me? I first wrote on here about 20 months ago. I was addicted to the nicotine lozenges! After reading this blog I got soooo angry with myself and the lozenges that I went cold turkey. Well I just thought I'd up date you. I'm still off them. I am still sucking on sugar free mints from aldi. I heard it said though that the sugar substitute 'Aspartame' is bad for your health...... There may be another blog out there about that! I digress! Sorry. What I wanted to share with you is the fact that after all this time it's very VERY rare that I think about smoking. In fact I can honestly say I'm not interested in cigarettes at all now. When ever I see the adverts on tv about nicotine lozenges though I thank god that I got off them. I was a slave to them for years. They cost me a fortune over the years and I paid with my health as well as with money! I weaned myself off by using the smallest dosage ( I felt I sucked more though) after a few months I used to snap the lozenges in half and duck half at a time. I did that for about 18 months. That's when I found this blog. The panic I felt when I thought I was going to run out I wouldn't wish on anyone. Good luck everyone. There IS light at the end of the tunnel.

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      Valerie 4 years ago

      Hi, Robie... Thank you so much for this hub! I started my love affair with cherry lozenges in 2007. Since then, I've switched back and forth between lozenges, the patch, gum, the inhaler, cigars, back to cigarettes at one point, and various combinations of these, but haven't been completely nicotine-free. It's oral NRT that was my favorite. I'd actually come to prefer the stinging hit of a lozenge to a cigarette. I wasn't fooling myself - I knew I'd replaced one addiction with another, and although I know it's better (certainly cheaper) than smoking, I was tired of being chained to them.

      I tried tapering. I tried cutting them in half with a pill splitter. I couldn't do it. (I could never taper off of cigarettes, either.)

      I'd tried regular gum, candies, cough drops, nothing helped, even cherry flavored candy. I tried using those with a 21 mg patch on, but I still couldn't do it. Then I realized that it was the strong tingling feeling I was missing. That was the biggest thing for me! So, during a bad craving I asked my DH to get me some cinnamon candy. And it worked for me! Dentyne, Trident cinnamon gum. Use it like the nicotine gum. Chew, chew park and it gives the tingling sensation I'm used to. And Brach's makes a hard cinnamon medallion candy that is a good replacement to the lozenge. I find that ginger gum or ginger altoids provide a similar effect, too, but I like the cinnamon. After a brief stint on 21 patches and then on 14, I'm about to step down to 7. Without the cinnamon and patch combo, I doubt I'd be able to do this without going completely nutso.

      Good luck, everyone, on kicking NRT. Like many others, I found the lozenge addiction extremely difficult to give up. (Strangely enough, not so at all with the patch. No problems tapering off of that so far.) We can do this!

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      Roberta Kyle 4 years ago from Central New Jersey

      I don't know, Aseffa, but it would seem to me that you could give it a try. In theory it should work as a tapering tool and I can't see how it could hurt. I'd be interested in knowing how it works out for you

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      Aseffa 4 years ago

      do you know if someone can cut a 4mg in half to make it a 2mg? Than use the 2mg than cut the 2mg in half than stop

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      Roberta Kyle 4 years ago from Central New Jersey

      aseffa-- I think the withdrawal varies from person to person. It isn't as bad as going off cigarettes, but it is significant. The tapering helps. I remember at first having one in the morning, one after every meal and one at night for about three days and then taking one more away every couple of days. I think it took about a week to get down to one or two and the last one or two were the hardest to give up...... but I did because by that time I was sucking on peppermint lifesavers like crazy. The day I went without one for 24 hours was a red letter day and from there it just got easier ( although I was sucking on a lot of peppermit lifesavers for a few weeks) Good luck

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      aseffa desta 4 years ago

      does anyone know how long nicotinen lozenge withdrawal will last when tapering off of them?

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      aseffa 4 years ago

      I'm addicted to the nicotine lozenge. just started tapering.

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      Matt R. 4 years ago

      I smoked for 11 years and kept trying to quit cold turkey, because everyone I talked to said that NRTs are counter-productive. I kept relapsing over and over and finally my doctor said, "Ok, so is what you're doing working?" My doctor suggested I give the lozenges a try. Admittedly, I used the max suggested amount for the first day or two, but then I regulated how much I used. gradually weaning myself off them until I was only using one lozenge a day. By this point, withdrawal was easy and relatively painless and I was finally able to come free of it. Look at all the prescription medications people are on and the various side effects of these medications... I guess it just depends on what's worse: having depression or dealing with sudden bowel release or whatever the side effect is. With medications like Paxil, or OTC medications like nicotine lozenges, they treat a symptom, not a cause. Any medication without behavioral modification training is just another addiction.

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      sSteve 4 years ago

      After reading this i stopped using the losenges.... Its been 4 days and i used fishermans friends ...... They really did help as i liked the burning sensation on my gums...... Thanks for the advice and good luck to all

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      Matthew 4 years ago

      Today is the day that I have decided to quit these little white pods of addiction. I've been writing an essay for most of the day and popping them in my mouth the whole time. I've even started chewing them.

      It's been about four years since I bought my first pack and I'm honestly sick of the constant need for them. It's heartening to see that so many people are in the same boat (as bad as that sounds).

      Definitely toxic, definitely addictive. Defiantly I'll beat them.

      ....after this packet has gone.

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      DH 4 years ago

      6 months. A few days ago actually. Had not even thought about it. It can be done.

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      Roberta Kyle 4 years ago from Central New Jersey

      haha-- the money part is just the best, isn't it? Congrats again and I too hope this hub and all these comments help others to stop the lozenges.

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      Nas64 4 years ago

      Your welcome...I am hoping it might help someone else. Thanks! Yesterday was 2 weeks...it is a great feeling especially not having to spend all that money every week!

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      Roberta Kyle 4 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Thanks for adding that very interesting tip, Nas64. And congrats on being nicotine free-- a great feeling, isn't it?

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      Nas64 4 years ago

      I was addicted to the lozenges for over 4 years but I was able to quit smoking. Did a lot of research to find how to quit the lozenges...not much info out there. I did read to use L-tyrosine 2 weeks before trying to quit smoking. I have been using the L-tyrosine and have been nicotine free for five days now with very little anxiety or irritability. Hope this helps someone. Take 2 500 mg capsules in the morning and another 2 in the evening. Never thought I could do it!

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      Roberta Kyle 4 years ago from Central New Jersey

      haha-- you are not weird at all, Eva-- nicotine is very addictive, whatever the form you take it in. The lozenges are not as bad for you as cigarette smoke is so that is one good thing and quitting them is a personal choice, not a moral question LOL I mean don't be so hard on yourself. You will quit when you feel you need to. Until then relax-- sucking on nicotine lozenges doesn't make you a bad person, it just makes you addicted to nicotine like the rest of us:-) Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experiences here.

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      Eva 4 years ago

      Wow! I thought I was unique. I've been addicted to the lozenges for 5 years now. No one knows; well hubby takes the Micky but I bite his head off! I stopped for 18 months when I was pregnant and nursing, but started again when life as a working mum became stressful. Am kind of scared to quit as scared if the great stress returning. I constantly have a lozenge in my mouth. I don't crave cigarettes at all, but get het up when my lozenge pack is running out and I'm not sure when I get some more!

      Thank you so much for this post- makes me feel a little less alone and "weird"

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      Roberta Kyle 4 years ago from Central New Jersey

      hi PM-- glad you found us too-- good luck. You won't be sorry you quit

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      Roberta Kyle 4 years ago from Central New Jersey

      nooo noooo marina-- don't do it. In another three months you will be able to lose it. This is the weight not only from the lozenges, but from when you quit cigarettes too. I know it feels awful I gained 50 lbs the first time I quit cigs-- I was off them for four years, lost most of the weight and then went back during a life crisis and a year and a half later quit again with the help of lozenges. I sucked on the lozenges for about seven years. When I gave up the lozenges I put on 15 lbs pronto when I quit the lozenges, after a couple of years off the lozenges I went to weightwatchers and lost 17 lbs. Here, read my tips on avoiding weight gain ( learned the hard way I assure you) https://hubpages.com/health/Tips-To-Help-You-Avoid... and don't give in too soon

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      pm 4 years ago

      Glad I found this site. I too quit smoking but got trapped on lozenge. Stomach problems gas. Cutting down now.

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      marina 4 years ago

      Rats! I'm fed up & thinking of going onto lozenges again. The amount of weight i've put on in just 3 months is unbelievable and I can't shift it - need nicotine again to speed up metabolism!!!! Oh well, I tried.....

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      Roberta Kyle 4 years ago from Central New Jersey

      MsNavalCPO. Thanks for adding your voice here. It always helps to hear how addiction impacts others..... the only thing I can say is that it is pointless to be angry or to feel victimized over what he does because all you will do is make yourself miserable and trust me, he is not going to magically stop sucking on lozenges to buy you whatever it is you want...... Take action instead-- take money out of the food budget or get a part time job or just tell him to find a way to buy you what you want. There are lots of ways for you to get your needs met, but waiting around for Prince Charming is definitely not one of them:-)

      At least he is not still smoking cigarettes--even buying them with a military discount, they are more expensive than the lozenges and smoke not only has more than 100 carcinogens in it, it smells yukky and makes the whole house stink too-- at least sucking on the lozenges has some advantages over cigs.

      Thanks for reading and commenting and adding your voice here.

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      MsNavalCPO 4 years ago

      I am not a smoker.. nor have I ever used a form of nicotine replacement so maybe what I have to say will mean nothing... but for me, my husband's addiction has hurt me in ways that most don't think about. There are certain things that I have wanted for years... things that are too expensive for us to purchase on a whim... or so I thought. Tonight, I found another receipt for the nicorette lozenges and tonight, i am hurt and angry. One thing I have wanted for about three years now costs just under $200. The lozenges, $31. I am angry because he can spend the money on his addiction with not one thought to the thing I have longed to have for so long. He can spend that $31 over and over without a thought but much thought goes into the monetary reason for not getting me what I desire. It sucks... I am a victim of his addiction. Did I say that I was angry already? ugh!

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      Roberta Kyle 4 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Hello Joe3033-- and an especially Merry Christmas to you. Keep up the good work. You won't be sorry. The first week or so is tough but it should get much easier fast as long as you resist the urge. Keep up all posted:-) oh and Happy New Year.....

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      Roberta Kyle 4 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Hey Dude- keep up the good work-- You are almost free. Happy New Year and thanks for coming back to share your success here:-)

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      DH 4 years ago

      Dude (Joe) I feel your pain.

      8 weeks down. Have had a few bad moments, but it really is getting noticeably better. I am absolutely over the physical addiction, but from time to time I really feel like I need something to get through the day. It's crazy.

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      Joe3033 4 years ago

      I stopped chewing in February 2006 and started with the lozenges. Talk about bad, 24 per day for the past 6 years (averaging $65/week). I stopped Christmas Day. Still doing good so far!

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      Roberta Kyle 4 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Congrats DH and thanks for sharing your progress here-- it really helps others to know it can be done.

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      DH 4 years ago

      6 weeks. I go days without thinking about them.

      Still comes up from time to time... but I'm pretty hopeful. The first two weeks were insanely hard. Got nothing done at work. Snapped on people. Worth it.

      Actually running again which helps immensely.