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NICABATE MINI 1.5 MG COMPRESSED LOZENGES
Active substance(s): NICOTINE RESINATE
Nicabate Mini 1.5 mg Lozenges
Please read all of this leaflet carefully because it contains important information for you.
This medicine is available without prescription. However, you still need to use Nicabate Minis
carefully to get the best results from them.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• Ask a healthcare professional e.g. doctor, nurse, smoking cessation adviser or pharmacist
if you need more information or advice.
• If any of the side effects get serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this
leaflet, please tell a healthcare professional.
• Throughout this leaflet Nicabate Mini 1.5 mg Lozenges are referred to as Nicabate Minis.
In this leaflet:
1. What Nicabate Minis are and what they are used for
2. Before you take Nicabate Minis
3. How to use Nicabate Minis
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Nicabate Minis
6. Further information
What Nicabate Minis are and what they are used for
Nicabate Minis are used to help people stop smoking. This type of treatment is called Nicotine
Replacement Therapy or NRT.
It is the nicotine in cigarettes that can make you physically addicted to them.
• Nicabate Minis help you to give up smoking by replacing some of the nicotine you get from
• This nicotine relieves some of the unpleasant symptoms that smokers may have when they try
to give up. These include feeling ill or irritable.
• The nicotine can also relieve your cravings for a cigarette and help you to resist the urge to
Nicabate Minis do not have the health dangers of tobacco. This is because they do not contain the
tar, carbon monoxide or other toxins in cigarette smoke. Some people worry that after stopping
smoking, they may become dependent on nicotine lozenges instead. This is very rare, and if it did
happen, it is less harmful than continuing to smoke. It also an easier habit to break.
Your chances of stopping smoking will be improved if you take part in a support programme.
These “stop smoking programmes” are known as behavioural support. For information on stop
smoking programmes please talk to a healthcare professional.
Before you take Nicabate Minis
Do not use Nicabate Minis if:
• you are allergic (hypersensitive) to nicotine or any of the other ingredients in the
lozenge (See Section 6: Further information)
• you are a non-smoker or under the age of 12 years.
There are no health benefits to smoking. It is always better to give up smoking. Using Nicotine
Replacement Therapy (NRT), like Nicabate Minis, can help. In general, any possible side effects
associated with NRT are far outweighed by the well known dangers of continuing to smoke.
Take special care with Nicabate Minis:
• If you have had a recent heart attack or stroke, or you suffer from severe heart rhythm
problems, unstable or worsening angina (chest pain) or resting angina you should try to
quit smoking without using any NRT products unless your doctor tells you to use them.
• If you have diabetes you should monitor your blood sugar levels more often than usual when
you start using Nicabate Minis. Your insulin or medicine requirements may change.
• If you have ever had allergic reactions that involve swelling of the lips, face and throat
(angioedema) or itchy skin rash (urticaria). Using NRT can sometimes trigger this type of
If you have children under 12 years as the levels of nicotine in Nicotine Replacement
Therapy (NRT) are not suitable for children under 12. The effects of nicotine affect children
more than adults. It could cause severe poisoning in children which can cause death.
Do not interchange between Nicabate Minis and nicotine gums during any attempt to quit
If you are pregnant or breast feeding it is best if you can give up smoking without the use of
NRT. However, it is better to stop smoking using NRT than to continue smoking. (See the section
on pregnancy or breastfeeding below for more information.)
Get help and advice from a healthcare professional if you have:
• Serious liver or kidney problems because you may be more likely to get side effects.
• Uncontrolled overactive thyroid gland or phaeochromocytoma (a tumour of the adrenal
gland that can affect blood pressure) - your doctor will have told you this - because nicotine
may make your symptoms worse.
• Stomach or duodenal ulcers or an inflamed oesophagus or gullet (the passage between the
mouth and stomach) because swallowing nicotine can make your symptoms worse. It may
also cause mouth ulcers. If your symptoms do get worse you should talk to your doctor. You
might want to use a non-oral form of NRT instead, such as patches.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your healthcare professional if you are taking or have recently taken any other
medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription
Pregnancy and breast feeding
Smoking during pregnancy has risks for the baby. These include poor growth before birth,
premature birth or stillbirth. Stopping smoking is the best way to improve both your health and
that of your baby. The earlier you stop smoking the better.
Ideally, if you are pregnant, you should stop smoking without using NRT. However, if you have
tried and this has not worked, NRT may be recommended by a healthcare professional to help
you stop smoking. This is because it is better for your developing baby than if you carry on
smoking. The decision to use NRT should be made as early on as possible in your pregnancy.
You should aim to use it for only 2-3 months. Remember, the most important thing is to stop
smoking. Products such as lozenges may be preferable to nicotine patches. This is because with
lozenges, you do not get the nicotine all the time. However, patches may be preferred if you have
nausea or sickness.
If you are breast feeding tobacco smoke causes breathing difficulties and other problems in
babies and children. Ideally you should stop smoking without using NRT. However if you have
tried and this has not worked, NRT may be recommended by a healthcare professional. If you do
use NRT to help you quit, the amount of nicotine your baby may get is small. It is much less
harmful than breathing in second hand smoke. It is best to use NRT products that are taken at
certain times of the day (such as gum or lozenge, rather than patches). It is also better to breast
feed just before you take the product. This helps your baby to get the smallest amount of nicotine
Driving and using machines
Stopping smoking can result in difficulties concentrating and increased irritability.
How to use Nicabate Minis
Always use Nicabate Minis exactly as stated in this package leaflet. You should check with your
healthcare professional if you are not sure.
You should use Nicabate Minis by putting one lozenge in your mouth and from time to time
move it from one side of your mouth to the other, until it is completely dissolved. This should
take around 10 minutes. Do not chew the lozenge or swallow it whole. Do not use more than 15
lozenges a day. If you feel the need to use Nicabate Minis for longer than 9 months in total, you
should ask a healthcare professional for advice.
Adults (18 years and over)
• Start by using 8 to 12 lozenges a day. Suck a lozenge whenever you have an urge to smoke.
• Use the lozenges like this for up to 6 weeks, then gradually cut down the number of lozenges
you use a day.
• Once you are using only 1 or 2 lozenges a day, stop using them altogether.
After you have given up you may sometimes feel a sudden craving for a cigarette. You can use a
lozenge again if this happens.
Young people (12-17 years inclusive)
You should only use Nicabate Minis following advice from a healthcare professional.
Do not exceed the stated dose. Follow the instructions carefully and do not use more than 15
lozenges in one day (24 hours).
Children under 12 years of age should not use Nicabate Minis.
This product is for oromucosal use. That means that the nicotine in the tablets is released slowly
into the mouth from where it is absorbed into the body.
If you are tempted to start smoking again
If you are:
• worried that you may start smoking again
• finding it difficult to stop using the lozenges completely
talk to a healthcare professional.
If you do start to smoke again, they can advise you on how to get the best results from further
courses of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT).
If you take more Nicabate Minis than you should
If you use too many Nicabate Minis you may start to feel sick, dizzy and unwell. Stop using the
lozenges and get advice straightaway from a doctor or hospital casualty department. If possible,
show them the packet or this leaflet.
The lozenges are not suitable for children under 12 or non-smokers. If the lozenges are used by
children or non-smokers they may show signs of nicotine overdose. These include headache,
sickness, stomach pains and diarrhoea. If a child has used or eaten any of the lozenges, contact
your doctor or nearest hospital casualty department straightaway. If possible show them the
packet or this leaflet.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your healthcare professional
Possible Side Effects
Like all medicines Nicabate Minis can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. At
the recommended doses Nicabate Minis have not been found to cause any serious side effects.
Stopping smoking itself can cause symptoms such as dizziness, headache, sleep disturbance,
cough and cold-like symptoms. Symptoms such as depression, irritability, anxiety, restlessness,
increased appetite and insomnia may also be related to withdrawal symptoms associated with
giving up smoking.
Other Side effects are listed below - they are group based on the likelihood with which they can
Very common (affects more than 1 in 10 people)
• The lozenges may cause your mouth or tongue to be slightly sore or irritated. You may
also feel sick.
Common (affects between 1 in 10 and 1 in 100 people)
• Sore throat
• Being sick
• Stomach discomfort
Less common side effects (affects between 1 in 100 and 1 in 1000 people)
• Palpitations (feeling your heart beat)
• Increased heart beat
• Chest pain
• Tiredness and generally feeling unwell
Very rare (affects less than 1 in 10,000 people)
• Severe allergic reaction symptoms of which include sudden wheeziness or tightness of
the chest, rash and feeling faint
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet,
please tell a healthcare professional.
How to store Nicabate Minis
Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not use the lozenges after the expiry date stated on the container and outer packaging.
The expiry date refers to the last day of the month.
Do not store above 30ºC.
Store in the original container in order to protect from moisture.
Do not use the container for anything else due to possible fine coating of tablet dust in the
Dispose of the container responsibly. Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or
household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required.
These measures will help to protect the environment.
What Nicabate Minis contain
The active substance is nicotine. Each lozenge contains 1.5 mg (in the form of a resin complex
called nicotine resinate). The other ingredients are mannitol (E421), sodium alginate, xanthan
gum, potassium bicarbonate, calcium polycarbophil, sodium carbonate anhydrous, acesulfame
potassium, taste masking flavour, peppermint flavour, menthol flavour, magnesium stearate.
What Nicabate Minis look like and contents of the pack
White to off-white oval compressed lozenges (lozenges) with convex surfaces.
The 1.5 mg lozenge has an “L” on one side.
Each container contains 20 lozenges. Packs may contain one or three containers.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
The manufacturer of Nicabate Minis is GlaxoSmithKline Dungarvan Limited
Knockbrack Dungarvan,Co. Waterford, Ireland.
This medicinal product is authorised in the Member States of the EEA under the following
This information to be included at the end of the procedure once all MS names have been agreed.
This leaflet was last approved in 2FWREHU
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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