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Lactose intolerance, difficulty in digesting dairy products. Take nicotine lozenges for smoking cessation. Is it related?

I started nicotine lozenges when I quit smoking in 2007. In 2008 and 2009 I became aware that I was becoming lactose intolerant. Did a couple of tests on myself and found I couldn t digest any dairy products ( I used to love a variety of cheese!). I still take the 1mg nicotine lozenge. Any relation to lactose intolerance?
Asked On : Sat, 21 Jul 2012
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Addiction Medicine Specialist 's  Response

Although I am not aware of any reports of nicotine causing lactose intolerance, I would like you to know that nicotine lozenges themselves contain lactose and hence, will worsen your condition if you already have lactose intolerance. Secondly, nicotine replacement therapy is usually given for a short time to help people give up tobacco for good, without suffering much from withdrawal symptoms. SO please consider quitting the habit completely.

Best wishes.
Answered: Mon, 15 Jul 2013
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