Nicotine Gum

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This information is about using Nicorette gum as part of an overall effort to stop smoking.

Nicorette is the product brand name of nicotine chewing gum. Nicorette is now available over-the-counter, and can be purchased at your local pharmacy.

chewing gum is medicine, not regular chewing gum, and should be used only by people trying to quit smoking. Talk with your doctor to see if Nicorette is right for you. If you are under 18 years old, have heart disease, a recent heart attack, irregular heartbeat, or palpitation, high blood pressure, stomach ulcer, take insulin for diabetes, or take prescription medicine for depression or asthma, talk with your doctor about whether you should use Nicorette. Also, talk with your doctor if you are pregnant or nursing a baby because nicotine can increase your baby???s heart rate.

Nicorette gum provides nicotine to your system, and works as a temporary aid to help you quit smoking by reducing nicotine withdrawal symptoms. Just as important in quitting, however, is learning how to change your smoking related behaviors. During the time nicotine is being provided by Nicorette, it is important to learn how to be a nonsmoker. To be most effective, nicotine replacement products should be used in conjunction with a stop smoking program. We strongly recommend that you immediately begin a smoking cessation program. Research has shown that your chances of successfully quitting are greatly increased if you actively participate in some type of stop smoking program while using Nicorette gum.

Before using Nicorette, carefully read the directions that come with the gum, and the users??? guide. According to Smith, Cline-Beachum, the company that makes and distributes Nicorette, the following method must be used at all times. Do not smoke, chew tobacco, use snuff, or use the nicotine patch, or nicotine-containing products while using Nicorette. Chew Nicorette correctly; it is a medicine and must be chewed a certain way to work as it should. A nicotine overdose can occur if you chew more than one piece at the same time, or if you chew many pieces one after another.

Chew one piece of Nicorette very slowly. Stop chewing when you notice a slight tingling or peppery taste in your mouth. Park or rest the Nicorette between your cheek and gum. The Nicotine in the gum will pass through the lining in your cheek into your bloodstream. You must park the gum in your mouth to allow for adequate absorption. If you swallow it, you may experience an upset stomach. When the tingling or peppery taste is gone, in about a minute, start to chew a few times slowly again. When the tingling or taste returns, again park the gum between your cheek and gum in a different place in your mouth. Repeat these chewing and parking steps until most of the nicotine is gone from the piece of Nicorette, usually about 30 minutes. The peppery taste or tingle won???t return.

Be sure to read the recommended usage schedule for Nicorette, and how to reduce Nicorette usage. Do not use more that 24 pieces per day. In addition to correctly chewing and parking the gum, there are other things to remember when using Nicorette. Do not eat or drink for 15 minutes before using Nicorette, or while chewing. The effectiveness of Nicorette may be reduced by some foods and drinks, such as coffee, juices, wine, or soft drinks. Do not chew the Nicorette too fast. If you chew too fast, or do not chew correctly, you may get hiccups, heartburn, or other stomach problems. Throw away the used Nicorette piece safely away from children and pets. Keep this and all drugs out of the reach of children.

In case of an overdose, call your local Poison Control Center or emergency service. Be sure to tell them that you are using Nicorette gum.

Also, be sure to read the warnings that come with your Nicorette gum. If you experience mouth, teeth, or jaw problems, irregular heartbeat, palpitations, or symptoms of nicotine overdose, such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness, weakness and rapid heartbeat, stop using Nicorette and call your health care provider immediately.

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