For a person that wants to stop smoking, there are different methods available, depending on each person’s organism, lifestyle and preferences. Some of the most common methods include the use of different medications including the nicotine gum and the lozenges. When you take these, your cravings and your withdrawal symptoms will decrease in severity, thus allowing you to overcome this period much faster. It is important to know that when you decide to use this type of help, you won’t be able to take them for longer periods of time, as you risk creating an addiction towards them.

This method which allows you to use these types of medication is known as the nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and allows the person that wants to quit smoking to satisfy his nicotine carving with a small amount of nicotine that is given by the nicotine gum or lozenges. The goal is to get used to go by your day without the normal amount of nicotine with which you were used, thus managing to quit smoking.

To make an informed decision about which medication you should use to quit smoking, here is the detailed information about both options:

  1. Nicotine gum

As the name suggests, it is a gum that contains a certain amount of nicotine. When a person chews this type of gum, the nicotine enters the organism, replacing the nicotine from the cigarettes and reducing the nasty cravings. This product can be bought over the counter in any drug store and what’s even more important is that you don’t need a prescription to be able to buy it.

Usually, this product comes in 2 versions: 2 mg and 4 mg. It is recommended that a person that smoked at least a pack each day should start with the 4 mg version.

To obtain the needed effect, this type of gum should be chewed a few times after which it must stay between the gum tissue and the check. Once 5 minutes have passed, it’s time to chew it again and repeat the same movement. Do this for about 30 minutes and then throw it away.

Just like any other product, this too has some side effects, including dizziness, headache, mouth sores and even stomach ache. Most of these side effects occur due to the fact that the nicotine gum is not chewed correctly.

When it comes to using the nicotine gum, there are a series of medical conditions that need to be looked after, and in case there are some problems, the doctor’s opinion is extremely important. Here are some of the most important situations in which you should avoid using the nicotine gum:

  • Heart problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Chest pain
  • Serious dental work, including bridges
  • In case of pregnancy or breastfeeding

 

  1. Nicotine lozenges

These are very similar to the sore throat lozenges, with the only difference that it contains nicotine. Similar to the nicotine gum, this product is used to replace the nicotine in the cigarettes, and helps reduce the cravings and the withdrawal symptoms. There is no need for a medical prescription in order to buy this over the counter product.

The correct way to take this lozenge is by simply place it in your mouth and give it time to dissolve. It is recommended that from time to time you move it around your mouth. The correct dosage is 1 pill every 2 hours, and it is recommended to avoid beverages such as juice, coffee or acidic drinks.

This medicine also comes with a series of side effects, including sore throat, stomach ache and even heartburn. In case you notice any other side effects, it is important to call your doctor. Also, if you know to have the following medical conditions, it is recommended to ask for the doctor’s opinion:

  • In case of pregnancy or breastfeeding
  • Heart problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Chest pain