Nicotinell Mint 2mg Compressed Lozenges are discreet, making them ideal to help you stop smoking at work or other places/occasions you are unable to chew gum. Nicotinell Mint 2mg Compressed Lozenges are recommended for those who smoke more than 30 cigarettes a day. If you smoke less than 20 cigarettes daily, use Nicotinell Mint 1mg Compressed Lozenges. If you smoke 20-30 cigarettes a day, you can use either according to your preference. Nicotinell Mint 2mg Compressed Lozenges can be used alone or in combination with Nicotinell patches. Nicotinell Mint 2mg Compressed Lozenges are for smokers aged 18 years and over only. When making a quit attempt a behavioural support programme will increase your chances of success. Directions: Adults over 18 years: - Suck one lozenge when you feel the urge to smoke. In general one lozenge should be taken every one or two hours. - Normally 8-12 lozenges per day are sufficient. - If you still experience an urge to smoke, you can suck additional lozenges. - Do not exceed 30 lozenges per day of the 2mg strength. - Do not swallow the lozenge. - Suck a lozenge until the taste becomes strong. - Allow the lozenge to rest between your gum and cheek. - Suck again when the taste has faded. - Repeat this routine until the lozenge dissolves cpletely (about 30 minutes). For full directions, please read Patient Information Leaflet. Ingredients: - Active Ingredient: Nicotine 2mg (as 6.144mg nicotine bitartrate dihydrate). - Other Ingredients: Maltitol (E965), sodium carbonate anhydrous, sodium hydrogen carbonate, polyacrylate , xanthan gum, colloidal anhydrous silica, levomenthol, peppermint oil, aspartame (E951), magnesium stearate. Cautions: - Coffee, acidic and soft drinks may decrease the absorption of nicotine and should be avoided for 15 minutes before sucking a lozenge. - Contains sweeteners, including aspartame and maltitol. - Contains aspartame (E951), a source of phenylalanine equivalent to 5mg per piece and may be harmful for people with phenylketonuria. - Contains maltitol (E965), a source of fructose, so if you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicine. patients may experience a mild laxative effect. Calorific value 2.3 kcal/g maltitol. - Contains 9.8mg of sodium per piece. To be taken into consideration by patients on a controlled sodium diet. Do not take Nicotinell Mint 2mg Compressed Lozenges: - If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to nicotine or any of the other ingredients. - If you are a non-smoker. - If you are 18 years of age, unless on the recommendation of a doctor. Please check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking Nicotinell Mint 2mg Compressed Lozenges if you have: - Heart disease, e.g. heart attack, heart failure, angina, Prinzmetal's angina or abnormalities in heart beat rhythm. - Had a "stroke" (cerebrovascular accident). - High blood pressure (uncontrolled hypertension). - Problems with your circulation. - Diabetes. - Overactive thyroid glands (hyperthyroidism). - Overactive adrenal glands (pheochromocytoma). - Kidney or liver disease. - Oesophagitis, inflammation in the mouth or throat, gastritis or peptic ulcer. - Recently been taking, or are currently taking, any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription. If you stop smoking and if you are using other medicines, your doctor may want to adjust the dose. Pregnancy and breastfeeding 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. Ideally you should try to give up smoking without the use of medicines. If you cannot manage this, Nicotinell Mint 1mg Compressed Lozenges may be recommended to help as the risk to the developing baby is less than that expected from continued smoking. Nicotine in any form may cause harm to your unborn baby. Nicotinell Mint 2mg Compressed Lozenges should only be used after consulting the healthcare professional who is managing your pregnancy, or a doctor that is specialised in helping people quit smoking. Like smoking itself, taking Nicotinell Mint 2mg Compressed Lozenges should be avoided during breastfeeding as nicotine may be found in breast milk. If your doctor has recommended that you use them during breastfeeding, the lozenge should be sucked just after breastfeeding and not during the two hours before breastfeeding.