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Nicorette is a form of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) that helps individuals quit smoking. It works by delivering a small dose of therapeutic nicotine to the body, decreasing withdrawal symptoms and cravings for cigarettes. As the body gradually adjusts to getting less nicotine, the dose of Nicorette can be gradually reduced.
The nicotine from the gum is absorbed into the bloodstream through the tissues of the mouth, providing a similar sensation to smoking a cigarette. This helps to reduce the desire to smoke and makes it easier to quit smoking altogether. Nicorette is available over the counter in many countries and should be used as part of a comprehensive quit-smoking program.
Use and Dosage
Nicorette Original comes in the form of gum that you chew slowly until you start to feel a tingling sensation in your mouth. Once you feel the sensation, stop chewing and place the gum between your cheek and gum to allow the nicotine to be absorbed into your bloodstream.
To use Nicorette Original gum, follow these steps:
- Chew slowly until you feel a slight tingling or peppery taste.
- Then, park the gum between your cheek and the gum line.
- When the peppery taste fades away, start chewing again until the tingling returns.
- Repeat this process of "park and chew" for about 30 minutes.
- Do not eat or drink anything for 15 minutes before or while chewing the gum.
Note that Nicorette gum is a nicotine replacement therapy and should only be used as directed by a doctor or healthcare professional.
Common Side Effects of Nicorette Original (Nicotine polacrilex - non-Rx):
- Belching or hiccups
- Changes in taste
- Dry or watering mouth
- Mouth or throat soreness
- Sneezing and coughing
- Stomach upset or nausea
- Watering eyes
Serious Side Effects of Nicorette Original (Nicotine polacrilex - non-Rx):
- Swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest pain or uneven heartbeats
Forms and Strength
Nicorette Original (Nicotine polacrilex - non-Rx) is available in the following forms and strength:
Nicorette Original: Original flavored gum
- 2 mg
- 4 mg
- Nicorette Original gum should only be used on the advice of a healthcare professional if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Nicotine polacrilex gum should be used for the full 12 weeks as directed, and prolonged use should be avoided.
- Nicotine gum and lozenges contain enough nicotine to cause problems if ingested by children or pets and should be kept out of reach.
- Nicotine gum should not be used by individuals who are allergic to nicotine or any of the ingredients in the gum.
- Nicotine gum may interact with certain medications, inform your healthcare professional about any other medications you are taking before starting to use Nicorette Original gum.
- Nicorette Original gum may not be suitable for individuals with certain medical conditions, such as uncontrolled high blood pressure, angina, or recent heart attack or stroke. Consult with a healthcare professional before using Nicorette Original gum if you have any underlying medical conditions.
- Nicorette Original gum may cause side effects, such as nausea, dizziness, headache, and hiccups. If you experience any persistent or severe side effects, you should consult with a healthcare professional.
- Nicotine gum should not be used by anyone under the age of 18.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How long should I use Nicorette Original?
You should follow the instructions on the Nicorette Original packaging or consult with your healthcare provider to determine how long you should use Nicorette Original to effectively quit smoking.
Can I use Nicorette Original if I have a dental issue?
Nicorette Original should not be used if you have dentures, severe dental problems, or jaw pain. However, you should consult with your dentist or healthcare provider before using Nicorette Original if you have any concerns.
Can I use Nicorette Original while pregnant or breastfeeding?
Nicorette Original should not be used while pregnant or breastfeeding unless recommended by a healthcare provider.
It's important to purchase Nicorette Original from verified Canadian pharmacy.