General

Where can I buy Nicotinell®?

Nicotinell® products are only available at pharmacies. You can head to our website at https://nicotinell.com.au/find-a-stockist/ for a full list of retailers who stock the Nicotinell® brand. If your local pharmacy doesn’t stock the product you need, please speak to the pharmacist as they should be able to order the product in for you.

Can I take use Nicotinell® if I am taking medication?

Before you start to use any Nicotinell® product – Patch, Gum or Lozenge – consult your doctor or pharmacist particularly if you’re taking any other medicines, including medicines that you buy without a prescription e.g. vitamin supplements

Can I use nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) whilst being pregnant?

Ideally you should not use Nicotinell® or any other nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) while you are pregnant, and you should stop smoking without using NRT. Nicotine in any form may cause harm to your unborn baby. However, if you are unable to quit without the use of NRT, seek advice from your pharmacist or doctor before starting a program. The decision to use NRT should be made as early on in your pregnancy as possible and you should aim to use it for only 2-3 months. Products that are taken intermittently, such as NRT gum, are preferable to NRT patches. However, patches may be preferred if you have nausea or sickness. If you use Nicotinell/NRT Patch make sure you remove the patch before bed.

Be aware NRT use during pregnancy hasn’t been studied, so there might be risks. However, NRT is safer than continuing to smoke though remember always follow the advice of your doctor or pharmacist.

Can I use nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) whilst breastfeeding?

Nicotine is excreted in breast milk in quantities that may affect the child even in therapeutic doses. Like smoking, Nicotinell® or any other nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) should be avoided during breastfeeding. However, if you are unable to quit without the use of NRT, seek advice from your pharmacist or doctor before starting a program. You should not use Nicotinell® Patch or any other NRT Patch if you are breastfeeding. Intermittent NRT products, such as Nicotinell® Gum, may be used instead and should be used immediately after breastfeeding, to ensure that the baby gets the smallest amount of nicotine possible from breast milk.

Remember always follow the advice of your doctor or pharmacist.

What are the side effects of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) patch, gum and lozenge?

Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products like gum, patches, and lozenges can come with different side effects.  Some side-effects, such as headaches, irritability, sleep disturbances and light-headed or dizziness could be withdrawal symptoms due to low nicotine levels.  Remember: tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well taking NRT products

NRT patch:  Other than the side-effects from nicotine withdrawals, you could experience skin irritation – using a different area of skin to apply the patch each day can reduce this.  However if you experience any of the following, you should remove the patch and immediately tell your doctor or go to your nearest hospital as you could be having an allergic reaction:  severe redness, swelling, itching or burning sensation at the patch site or a rash.

NRT gum could potentially irritate the mouth or throat or cause problems with your existing dental work. You could also experience jaw pain.

NRT lozenge could have side effects like nausea, hiccups, excess saliva, upset stomach

Note: NRT is generally considered to be safe for most people and while some people may experience side effects, it’s not a given that you will.

Before using any form of NRT, please read the entire product leaflet to identify if your side effects are common or serious

Nicotinell Combination Therapy

What is Nicotinell® Combination Therapy?

Nicotinell® Combination Therapy combines two forms of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), Nicotinell® Patch 21mg and Nicotinell® Gum 2mg, into one easy to use product. It’s more effective than using a single nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), like using gum or patches alone, because the user receives the benefits of two different products at the same time.

Nicotinell® Combination Therapy can improve your chances of successfully quitting by up to 75% (vs patch alone)*

Before you start Nicotinell® Combination Therapy or take another form of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), talk to your pharmacists or doctor.

*Stead LF, Perera R, Bullen C et al. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2012, Issue 11.

Who should use Nicotinell® Combination Therapy?

If are you are having trouble quitting smoking by using a single form of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) or if you have relapsed and taken up smoking again, Nicotinell® Combination Therapy could be what you need to become a non-smoker.

What should I do before I start to use Nicotinell® Combination Therapy?

There are a variety of health conditions and medications that may need to be considered before using Nicotinell® Combination Therapy, so talk to your doctor or pharmacist and ask for their advice before using the product. Before using any form of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), please read the entire product leaflet.

What does Nicotinell® Combination Therapy pack contain?

Nicotinell® Combination Therapy contains 1 week supply of

  • Nicotinell® Patch 21mg (7 patches)
  • Nicotinell® Gum 2mg (36 mint sugar-free pieces) – use minimum 4 to a maximum 12 pieces per day.

If you require additional Nicotinell® Gum due to chewing more than has been provided, you can purchase additional Nicotinell® Gum 2mg from your pharmacy

How do you use Nicotinell® Combination Therapy?

Simply apply one Nicotinell® Step 1 Patch 21mg daily (refer to Nicotinell® Patch – How and when do I apply a Nicotinell® Patch?) and, when you’re craving a cigarette, chew one piece of Nicotinell® Gum 2mg (refer to Nicotinell® Gum – How do I use Nicotinell® Gum?) – use 4 to a maximum 12 pieces per day.

Continue Nicotinell® Combination Therapy – Patch 21mg and Gum 2mg – for 12 weeks

After 12 weeks you should be weaning yourself off Nicotinell® Combination Therapy by either:

  1. Stop use of Nicotinell® Patch altogether and gradually reduce the number of Gum until no longer needed

Or

  1. Use Nicotinell® Step 2 Patch 14mg for 3-4 weeks whilst still using Nicotinell®  Gum when cravings occur
  2. The use Nicotinell® Step 3 Patch 7mg for 3-4 weeks whilst still using Nicotinell® Gum when cravings occur
  3. Stop using Nicotinell® Patch and gradually reduce the number of Nicotinell® Gum until you no longer need it
When shouldn’t I use Nicotinell® Combination Therapy?

Don’t use the Nicotinell® Combination Therapy if:

  • Your mouth or throat is sore
  • You’re under 18 years old
  • You’re a non-smoker or an occasional smoker
  • You have a generalised skin disorder such as psoriasis or dermatitis.
  • You have an allergy to nicotine or to any component of the gum
  • The expiry date printed on the carton or sachet has passed
  • The packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering

Important: make sure you always speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using Nicotinell® products to check if you’re suitable.

Nicotinell Patch

What is Nicotinell® Patch?

Nicotinell® Patch is a stop smoking aid.  It provides a once daily solution to quitting smoking by using controlled-release technology, to deliver nicotine into your bloodstream, over a period of 24 hours.

Nicotinell® Patch is available in doses of 21mg, 14mg and 7mg of nicotine per patch, where you start with the highest strength and work your way down at your own pace to take control of your habit and slowly reduce your body’s craving for nicotine.

What should I do before I start to use Nicotinell® Patch?

There are a variety of health conditions and medications that may need to be considered before using Nicotinell® Patch, so talk to your doctor or pharmacist and ask for their advice before using the product. . Before using any form nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), please read the entire product leaflet.

How and when do I apply Nicotinell® Patch?

Take Nicotinell® Patch out of the pack and remove any additional packaging or protection from the patch itself. Apply the patch to an area of clean, hairless, cool, dry skin – areas like the upper arm, chest and hip are all ideal locations. Press on the patch firmly until it feels like it’s stuck for a controlled release of nicotine for 24 hours.

Once 24 hours has passed, remove the patch and apply a new one, choosing a different location on your body. It’s recommended that you do not apply a new patch to previously used skin site for 3 days.

Try to apply the patch at the same time every day to make it part of your daily routine

Which Nicotinell® Patch should I start with?

The strength of the patch you start on depends on how many cigarettes you currently smoke:

  • Heavy smokers: smoke more than 20 cigarettes a day Start with Step 1 (21mg)
  • Light smokers: smoke less than 20 cigarettes a day  Start with Step 2 (14mg)

Nicotinell® Patch has a simple to follow step program:

  • Step 1: Nicotinell® Patch 21mg – should be used by heavy smokers up to 4 weeks, go to Step 2
  • Step 2: Nicotinell® Patch 14mg – should be used by heavy & light smokers up to 4 weeks, go to Step 3
  • Step 3: Nicotinell® Patch 7mg   – should be used by heavy & light smokers up to 4 weeks, finish

Before starting Nicotinell® Patch step program, you should talk with your pharmacist or doctor as well as  read the entire product leaflet.

When shouldn’t I use Nicotinell® Patch?

Don’t use the Nicotinell® Patch if:

  • You’re under 12 years old (under 18 yrs of age should seek medical advice before taking any form of NRT)
  • You’re a non-smoker.
  • You have a generalised skin disorder such as psoriasis or dermatitis.
  • You have an allergy to nicotine or to any component of the patch.
  • The expiry date printed on the carton or sachet has passed.
  • The packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.

Important: make sure you always speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using Nicotinell® products to check if you’re suitable.

If I am using Nicotinell® Patch and still get cravings what can I do?

You could try Nicotinell® Combination Therapy which is using two forms of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) being Nicotinell® Patch 21mg & Nicotinell® Gum 2mg.  Combination Therapy can improve your chances of successfully quitting by up to 75% (vs patch alone)*  Before you take another form of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), talk to your pharmacists or doctor.

*Stead LF, Perera R, Bullen C et al. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2012, Issue 11.

Can I wear more than one Nicotinell® Patch at any one time?

No, you should only wear one Nicotinell® Patch.  Get into a routine and always change your patch at the same time every day.

Can I swim, shower or bath wearing Nicotinell® Patch?

Yes you can swim, shower and bath wearing Nicotinell® Patch. However, wait for 1 hour after applying the patch to help with maximum patch adhesion.

When wearing Nicotinell® Patch are there any products I cannot use when having a shower or bath?

It is advisable not to use soap on the patch or surrounding skin.  Also, don’t use bath oils or shower gels either before or after application of Nicotinell® Patch as this could affect adhesion.

How long can I keep using Nicotinell® Patch?

Nicotinell® Patch should not be used for more than 3 months.  If you are worried that you may start smoking again, an option could be Nicotinell® Combination Therapy. Before you take another form of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) or find it difficult to give up Nicotinell® Patch, talk to your pharmacists or doctor.

Nicotinell Gum

What is Nicotinell® Gum?

Nicotinell® Gum is a stop smoking aid. It is a soft chewing gum with a crispy coat and bold mint or fruit flavour. It’s designed to be used only when you are craving a cigarette, because as you chew, the gum releases nicotine and gives your mouth something to do, reducing your desire to smoke. Nicotinell® Gum is affordable and easy to use, and it comes in two strengths – 2mg and 4mg, as well as various pack sizes.

What should I do before I start to use Nicotinell® Gum?

There are a variety of health conditions and medications that may need to be considered before using Nicotinell® Gum, so talk to your doctor or pharmacist and ask for their advice before using the product. Before using any form nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), please read the entire product leaflet.

How do I know which Nicotinell® Gum to use?
  • Nicotinell® Gum 4mg: heavy smokers being those who smoke more than 20 cigarettes a day, should chew a maximum of 10 pieces per day only when a craving occurs
  • Nicotinell® Gum 2mg: light smokers, being those who smoke less than 20 cigarettes a day, should chew a maximum of 20 pieces per day, only when a craving occurs
How do I use Nicotinell® Gum?

Nicotinell® chewing gum is not like ordinary chewing gum.  Follow these 4 easy steps:

  1. Chew one piece of gum slowly until the taste becomes strong.
  2. Park the gum between your gum and cheek to absorb the nicotine.
  3. Chew slowly again when the taste has faded.
  4. Repeat the process for up to 30 minutes.

Important: chew only one piece of gum at a time.

How does Nicotinell® Gum work?

The nicotine in Nicotinell® chewing gum is released a little at a time and absorbed through the lining of your mouth into your bloodstream. If you chew too quickly or for too long, you will swallow the nicotine with your saliva. It will be broken down in your stomach and wasted. Also, chewing the gum for only a couple of minutes without parking doesn’t allow the gum to help provide relief from cravings.

To ensure maximum effectiveness, make sure you follow the ‘chew and park’ method for at least 30 minutes.

What’s the Nicotinell® Gum Program?

The Nicotinell® Gum Program is designed to help smokers reduce their cravings for cigarettes using Nicotinell® Gum over a period of 3-6 months.

  • Firstly, whenever you feel the urge to smoke, chew a piece of gum instead.
    Heavy smokers: maximum 10 pieces of Gum a day
    Light smokers:   maximum 20 pieces of Gum a day
  • After 3 months, cut down the amount of gum chewed each day
  • When you are down to 1-2 pieces a day, you should be almost ready to stop chewing gum altogether
  • You should be able to completely stop with 6 months from starting the treatment
When shouldn’t I use Nicotinell® Gum?

Don’t use the Nicotinell® Gum if:

  • Your mouth or throat is sore
  • You’re under 12 years old (under 18 yrs of age should seek medical advice before taking any form of NRT)
  • You’re a non-smoker or an occasional smoker
  • You have an allergy to nicotine or to any component of the gum
  • The expiry date printed on the carton or sachet has passed
  • The packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering

Important: make sure you always speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using Nicotinell® products to check if you’re suitable.

Nicotinell Lozenge

What is Nicotinell® Lozenge?

Nicotinell® Lozenge is a stop smoking aid.  It is used to help satisfy the urge to smoke by releasing a dose of nicotine when sucked. It’s available in two strengths to help you quit smoking and has a fresh, minty taste. The lozenge can be used at any time as a convenient and discreet alternative to chewing gum.

What should I do before I start to use Nicotinell® Lozenge?

There are a variety of health conditions and medications that may need to be considered before using Nicotinell® Lozenge, so talk to your doctor or pharmacist and ask for their advice before using the product. . Before using any form nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), please read the entire product leaflet.

How do I know which Nicotinell® Lozenge to use?
  • Nicotinell® Lozenge 2mg – regular strength – is suitable for smokers who have their first cigarette of the day more than 30 minutes after waking up
  • Nicotinell® Lozenge 4mg – extra strength – is suitable for smokers who have their first cigarette of the day within 30 minutes after waking up
How do I use Nicotinell® Lozenge?
  • Remove one lozenge from the packaging and place it into your mouth.
  • Suck on the lozenge to allow it to dissolve, and follow the ‘suck and park’ method by periodically moving the lozenge from one side of the mouth to the other and resting it between your cheek and gum.
  • Repeat for 30 minutes until the lozenge is completely dissolved.
  • Don’t chew the lozenge or swallow it whole.
  • Don’t have more than 1 lozenge at time
How often do I use Nicotinell® Lozenge?

Weeks 1 to 6:       1 lozenge every 1 to 2 hours (If over 18yrs, during weeks 1-6 use at least 9 lozenges a day)
Weeks 7 to 9:       1 lozenge every 2 to 4 hours
Weeks 10 to 12:   1 lozenge every 4 to 8 hours
Weeks 13 to 24:   1 lozenge when you are strongly urges to smoke

Do not have more than 15 lozenges a day

How long can I keep using Nicotinell® Lozenge?

Nicotinell® Lozenges should not be taken for more than 9 months.  If you are worried that you may start smoking again, an option could be Nicotinell® Combination Therapy. Before you take another form of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) or find it difficult to give up Nicotinell® Lozenge, talk to your pharmacists or doctor.

When shouldn’t I use Nicotinell® Lozenge?

Don’t use the Nicotinell® Lozenge if:

  • You’re under 12 years old (under 18 yrs of age should seek medical advice before taking any form of NRT)
  • You’re a non-smoker.
  • You suffer from phenylketonuria. The lozenge contains Phenylalanine.
  • You have an allergy to nicotine or to any component of the patch.
  • The expiry date printed on the carton or sachet has passed.
  • The packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.

Important: make sure you always speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using Nicotinell® products to check if you’re suitable.

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