Nicotine microtabs are small white sublingual tablets containing 2mg of nicotine. They come in a packet of 30 or 100.

How do nicotine microtabs work?

To release the nicotine, place the tablet under the tongue and allow it to dissolve slowly. As it dissolves; the nicotine gets absorbed into the blood stream via the lining of the mouth, helping to relieve withdrawal symptoms. This takes about 20-30 minutes. Do not swallow or chew it as this will make the microtab ineffective.

How frequently should I use nicotine microtabs?

The microtab can and should be used whenever you have a craving or experience an urge to smoke. You can have up to 1-2 microtabs per hour. The maximum recommended amount is 40 microtabs in 24 hours.

Side effects of nicotine microtabs

  • dry throat/sore mouth
  • sore throat/cough
  • unpleasant taste/hot sensation in mouth
  • mouth ulcers
  • heartburn
  • hiccups 
  • stomach upset/indigestion
  • flatulence
  • breathlessness

Some of these side effects may be caused by taking too many microtabs, in which case just reduce the amount that you are using.

Disadvantages of nicotine microtabs

The following should be avoided as it reduces the effectiveness of the microtabs by reducing the amount of nicotine absorbed: 

  • Swallowing, chewing or sucking the microtab as this will reduce its effectiveness.
  • Eating or drinking while using the microtabs as this can reduce its effectiveness by reducing the amount of nicotine absorbed.