Nicotine gum is used to help people quit smoking. It provides a source of nicotine and acts as a substitute oral activity. By using nicotine gum to quit smoking it can reduce the withdrawal symptoms a person experiences when they stop smoking.
How is Nicotine Gum Used
Nicotine gum is used just like any other gum, you chew it in your mouth and should not be swallowed. Nicotine gum should be chewed slowly until you can taste the nicotine or feel a slight tingling in the mouth. Once this happens, stop chewing and place the gum between your cheek and your gum. When the tingling is almost gone, begin chewing the gum again and repeat this process for 30 minutes or so.
Avoid chewing nicotine gum too fast and do not chew more than one piece at a time.
There are additional instructions on the package.
Nicotine Gum Side Effects
Nicotine gum may cause side effects and you should contact your doctor if any are severe or don’t go away.
- Mouth Ulcers
- Jaw Muscle Aches
Severe Side Effects of Nicotine Gum
- Heart Rhythm Disturbances
- Difficulty Breathing
*Contact your doctor immediately if you encounter any severe side effects.
Buying Nicotine Gum
Nicotine gum can be purchased at a variety of places; typically near the pharmacy section. You do not need a prescription to buy it, however, you do need to be at least 18 years old. You can also purchase online through sites such as Amazon.com.
Quitting smoking with nicotine gum is usually started by using the 2mg nicotine gum. People who are heavy smokers (more than a pack a day) may start by using the 4mg gum.