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Normal tea routines are hell with Nicotinell!
Member Name: thehonesttruth
Date: 07/01/10, updated on 07/01/10 (156 review reads)
Last year, I made an attempt to quit smoking, and had some moderate success, using the nicorette inhalator device, a kind of plastic tube that mimics the action of smoking . I did quite well, until the stress of having to meet my boyfriends parents led me to have 'just the one' to calm my nerves in the days beforehand , 'just the one' quickly paving way to 'just one more, and then I really will stop again'.
Roll on to december, and I was smoking just as much as before -but I still wanted to kick the habit, so made it my new years resolution . Just before new years, I went shopping and purchased a 36 pack of 2MG Nicotinell Lozenges , for £7. These were significantly cheaper than the inhalator, and would not mimic the actions of smoking, and I hoped they would also stop me wanting to eat more .
Roll on new years day, and I opened the packet and read the instuctions . Simple enough really - use a lozenge every one or 2 hours, pop it into your mouth at the side, and let it dissolve, switching side of the mouth every so often . Don't chew it or crunch it, and as with any product of this kind, it advises you to consult your doctor if you have any illnesses, just to be on the safe side.
The Lozenges themselves come in a blister pack, and are easy to pop ouit. I was surprised by how large they were, about the size of an extra strong mint. They were a pure white in colour and smooth surfaced, and popping it into my mouth I got a mild flavour of spearmint. As I allowed this to dissolve in my mouth, switching it from side to side, I read the rest of the instructions, which were not really to in depth, but provided a suggestion for how to cut down on the lozenges in gradual stages, and also said not to eat or drink while dissolving the lozenge as it may affect it's effectiveness. Easy Peasy, or so I thought .
And so it was , at least at first . The flavour of these was not at all unpleasant, and the first 20 or so minutes passed along fine . As the lozenge got smaller though, the taste began to get a bit wearing, and I could detect a nasty subtle undertaste . My tongue began to feel a bit dry also, but I persevered until the lozenge was dissolved, and then had a drink of water.
With further lozenges, I began to get a little annoyed at not being able to drink whilst using them - perhaps because in my normal routine, I have a cig with a nice cup of tea . A cig only takes five minutes to smoke, and I do that while the tea cools. Half an hour is a lot longer than 5 minutes though, and I found I actually began to get irritable about wanting my cup of tea, on a couple of occasions giving up on the half sucked lozenge and binning it so I could have my cuppa.
I also found it annoying having to dissolve it slowly when talking - I worried the thing was going to fall out of my mouth, or that I would look rude talking with my mouth full . Because these need to be held at the side of the mouth, between the cheek and teeth, rather than directly on the tongue, holding these in place was tricky, and looking in the mirror I could see that I had an expression of gormless absorption on my face - not a good look .
I guess the key issue is if these worked or not . To be fair they did reduce my cravings for a smoke, but did not reduce them entirely . I actually found them frustrating at times, which did nothing for my stress levels, and made me desire a ciggie to relax. I also hit a stuimbling block due to heavy snow this week meaning I was unable to buy more as the shops were shut, so I had to start ekeing out the ones I had left to last me, meaning I was not able to take the full dosage the last 3 days, which has left me increasingly irritable, but which can't be blamed on the product - it's just nature attempting to hijack my resolutions .
These do work , rather well, and are pretty inexpensive . However, while they work, I don't feel they are the best nicotine replacement product for me personally, and when I can wade through the snow to the shops, I think I'll look into other options that deliver the nicotine faster to my system .
I would recommend these, but only if you have the patience to dissolve the things for the full half hour . I don't sadly, and found the flavour got sickly after a while, so I'm giving these a personal rating of 3 stars .
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