Anatomy of a smoker
Quit Rewards

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is Commit® and how can it help me quit smoking?
  2. Does the Commit® Lozenge work like the gum?
  3. Which nicotine lozenge dose is right for me?
  4. How do nicotine replacement quit aids like Commit® help me quit smoking?
  5. Is Commit® stronger than other stop-smoking aids, like the gum or patch?
  6. What makes Commit® so different?
  7. What does the nicotine lozenge taste like?
  8. Where can I buy Commit®?
  9. Can people who chew tobacco or dip snuff use Commit®?
  10. Are there any side effects to taking the Commit® stop-smoking lozenge?
  11. Can I switch from 4mg to 2mg during my treatment?
  12. What happens if you accidentally break or bite the Commit® Lozenge?
  13. What happens if you accidentally swallow the Commit® Lozenge? Does the liver deactivate the nicotine if the Commit® Lozenge is swallowed whole?
  14. What do you mean by "minimize swallowing"?
  15. How long after my last cigarette can I begin using the Commit® Lozenge?
  16. After you stop using the lozenge, how long will it stay in your blood and urine?
  17. Is Commit® safe for pregnant women?
  18. Can I get addicted to Commit®?
  19. Can I take too many nicotine lozenges?


  1. What is Commit® and how can it help me quit smoking?
    Commit is the first FDA-approved smoking cessation treatment in the form of a fast-acting nicotine lozenge. Commit helps control cravings by rapidly delivering medicine to help relieve symptoms. The medicine is absorbed directly through the lining in the mouth, and continues working after the lozenge is gone. Commit offers a dosage selector, based on how soon you smoke your first cigarette in the morning, to help you choose the right strength. Commit is available in a convenient Pop PacTM for discreet use whenever, wherever. And now comes in your choice of tasty cherry or mint flavors clinically proven to help you quit. Learn more about quit smoking tips and strategies to use in conjunction with Commit at way2quit.com.

    Back to top


  2. Does the Commit® Lozenge work like the gum?
    Like Nicorette® gum, Commit provides an alternative source of nicotine when you are quitting without exposing you to the harmful tars and carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke. But the actual usage is different. Each stop-smoking lozenge is meant to slowly dissolve until it is gone. Do not chew or swallow the lozenge. With Nicorette, you use a specific technique ("chew and park") instead.

    Commit also comes in different strengths -- 2mg or 4mg -- to be used depending on how soon you smoke your first cigarette in the morning. Click here to choose the Commit strength that's right for you.

    Back to top


  3. Which nicotine lozenge dose is right for me?
    The dose you use depends on the timing of your first cigarette of the day. If you usually smoke your first cigarette within 30 minutes of waking up, use the 4mg lozenge. If you have your first smoke after 30 minutes, use the 2mg lozenge.

    Back to top


  4. How do nicotine replacement quit aids like Commit® help me quit smoking?
    Nicotine replacement therapies like Commit give your body lower levels of nicotine in controlled amounts. When you start your 12 Weeks to Being Smoke Free program, you're already addicted to nicotine from cigarettes. Commit contains nicotine resin. As it dissolves, small amounts of nicotine are released and absorbed through your mouth tissues. But because Commit nicotine lozenges don't contain the tar or carbon monoxide found in cigarette smoke, you don't run the same health risks as smoking. Then, as you begin to step down your usage, you gradually wean your body off nicotine until you use no Commit Lozenges at all.

    Back to top


  5. Is Commit® stronger than other stop-smoking quit aids, like the gum or patch?
    Studies comparing the lozenge with the gum or patch haven't been conducted, though each can be effective.

    When deciding between Nicorette®, NicoDerm® CQ® or Commit®, the best thing you can do is think about your lifestyle and your habit. For instance, the patch is low-maintenance because you only have to apply it once a day, but Commit and Nicorette® give you more control over your nicotine intake because you choose when to take it. For more help choosing the right product, check out our side-by-side comparison.

    Back to top


  6. What makes Commit® so different?
    First of all, Commit is the first stop-smoking aid in the form of a lozenge. And Commit uses a dosage selector based on how soon you smoke your first cigarette in the morning -- or Time to First Cigarette (TTFC) -- so you can make sure you choose the right strength when tailoring your own personal quit program. Commit 4mg is proven to double your chance of quitting vs. placebo. Plus, only Commit helps control weight gain while you quit.

    Back to top


  7. What does the nicotine lozenge taste like?
    Let's be honest, Commit® is medicine, not candy. But it does come in your choice of tasty cherry or an improved mint flavor. The lozenge also gives off a warming tingle as it starts to dissolve and begins releasing medicine. The medicine in Commit is your first defense against cravings -- and it keeps on working even after the lozenge is gone.

    Back to top


  8. Where can I buy Commit®?
    You can buy Commit in most major drug stores and mass merchandise outlets, or you can also buy Commit online at your favorite Internet pharmacy. Buy online now.

    Back to top


  9. Can people who chew tobacco or dip snuff use Commit®?
    No. The Commit Lozenge is not approved for treatment of chewing tobacco or snuff dependence. Also, tobacco products of any kind should not be used in conjunction with Commit. Click here for a full list of product qualifications.

    Back to top


  10. Are there any side effects to taking the Commit® stop-smoking lozenge?
    Commit is not candy. If you consume the stop-smoking lozenge too fast or chew and swallow all or part of it, you may experience heartburn or indigestion. If you experience any side effects, you should discontinue use and consult your doctor.

    The side effects seen in users are generally moderate and transient. The most common side effects are insomnia (reported in less than 5% of users), nausea, hiccups, coughing, heartburn, headache and flatulence.

    Back to top


  11. Can I switch from 4mg to 2mg during my treatment?
    No. Once you choose which Commit® you need based on our unique dosage selector of Time to First Cigarette, you should stick with that dose all the way through. Simply reduce the number of lozenges you consume each day, per the 12-week quit smoking plan -- even if your cravings change.

    Back to top


  12. What happens if you accidentally break or bite the Commit® Lozenge?
    Nothing harmful happens if you accidentally break or bite the lozenge. You should continue allowing the lozenge bits to dissolve and avoid chewing the lozenge any further. Chewing and/or biting followed by swallowing the lozenge will decrease the absorption of medicine and may reduce the efficacy of the lozenge. Some individuals may experience stomach disturbances, including nausea, hiccups and heartburn and/or other side effects.

    Back to top


  13. What happens if you accidentally swallow the Commit® Lozenge? Does the liver deactivate the nicotine if the Commit Lozenge is swallowed whole?
    Less nicotine will be absorbed than if the lozenge dissolved normally, and efficacy may be reduced. Some individuals may experience stomach disturbances, including nausea, hiccups and heartburn and/or other side effects.

    It has been found that when the lozenge was chewed and swallowed, the nicotine was not totally deactivated by the liver. However, the amount entering the bloodstream was diminished, especially if the individual swallowed a number of lozenges.

    Wait an hour before taking another lozenge.

    Back to top


  14. What do you mean by "minimize swallowing"?
    The Commit® Lozenge is designed so that as it dissolves, the nicotine is absorbed in the lining of your mouth. By minimizing swallowing as the lozenge dissolves, you can be assured that you are getting the proper dose. Swallowing saliva when there is a natural urge is expected and not harmful. However, the lozenge should not be swallowed.

    Back to top


  15. How long after my last cigarette can I begin using the Commit® Lozenge?
    We recommend choosing a start date for your quit attempt and beginning use of the Commit Lozenge first thing that day, before having any cigarettes. However, if you choose to wait and start your quit attempt later in the day, you must wait 30 minutes or longer after smoking your last cigarette before using your first Commit Lozenge.

    Back to top


  16. After you stop using the lozenge, how long will it stay in your blood and urine?
    Trace amounts of nicotine can be detected in blood and urine for several hours but should not be detectable in blood or urine after 48 hours. However, cotinine, which is a metabolite of nicotine, can be detected in blood or urine for up to 7-10 days.

    Back to top


  17. Is Commit® safe for pregnant women?
    If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, only use this medicine on the advice of your health care provider. Smoking can seriously harm your child. Try to stop smoking without using any nicotine replacement medicine. This medicine is believed to be safer than smoking. However, the risks to your child from this medicine are not fully known.

    Back to top


  18. Can I get addicted to Commit®?
    If you're a smoker, you're already addicted to nicotine before you start using the nicotine lozenge. Using Commit as directed and continuing to step down your use according to our 12 Weeks to Being Smoke Free program can help you wean yourself off of nicotine until you are completely nicotine-free and have accomplished your quit goal.

    Back to top


  19. Can I take too many Commit® Lozenges?
    Dosage instructions for Commit clearly state that only one lozenge should be used at a time. Also, you should not exceed 20 lozenges a day with either the 2mg or 4mg dose.

    If you exceed the recommended dose of Commit in a 24-hour period, symptoms of nicotine overdose may occur. Overdose symptoms include: nausea, vomiting, dizziness, diarrhea, weakness and rapid heartbeat. If any of these symptoms occur, stop use immediately and call your doctor.

    Back to top