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A 39-year-old male asked:

Can nicotine replacement lozenges cause stuffy nose and congestion?

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Dr. Joseph Roosth
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Yes: Well, we know the nicotine inhaled products list "rhinitis" as a side effect and since rhinitis basically refers to stuffy nose, runny nose and congestion, then yes, more than likely the lozenges would have similar side effects.
Dr. James Rotchford
Addiction Medicine 41 years experience
Possibly: Nicotine doesn't it do it to you or otherwise smoking would have done it. Perhaps other substances in the lozenge you are sensitive to? Other nicotine replacement could be tried. Most likely with the stopping of tobacco the mucous cells that line your airways are "hyperactive" and produce more mucous and congestion. It can take 3-6 months for them to quiet down after stopping smoking.

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