Nicorette Gum

Generic Name: Nicotine polacrilex

  • Other Names:

    Nicorette Gum Original, Nicorette Gum Fresh Mint, Nicorette Gum Cinanamon Surge, Nicorette Gum Mint, Nicorette Gum Fruit Chill, and Nicorette Gum White Ice.
  • What is this medication?

    Nicorette Gum contains a stop-smoking aid. It is intended to reduce withdrawal symptoms, including nicotine craving, associated with quitting smoking.
  • Are there any warnings associated with Nicorette Gum?

    If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, only use this product on the advice of your doctor. Smoking can seriously harm your child. Try to stop smoking without using any nicotine-replacement medicine. This product is believed to be safer than smoking. However, the risks to your child from this medicine are not fully known.

    Do not use this product if you continue to smoke, chew tobacco, use snuff, or use a nicotine patch or other nicotine-containing products.

    Do not eat or drink for 15 minutes before chewing the nicotine gum, or while chewing a piece.

    Do not use more than 24 pieces in a day.

    Do not continuously use one piece after another since this may cause you hiccups, heartburn, nausea, or other side effects.

    Stop using this product and consult a doctor if mouth, teeth, or jaw problems occur.

    Stop using this product and consult a doctor if irregular heartbeat or palpitations occur or if you get symptoms of nicotine overdose, such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness, diarrhea, weakness, and rapid heartbeat.

    Keep this product out of the reach of children and pets. Pieces of nicotine gum may have enough nicotine to make children and pets sick. Wrap used pieces of gum in paper and throw away in the trash. In case of an overdose, get medical help or contact a poison control center right away.

  • Should I talk to my doctor before taking Nicorette Gum?

    Ask a doctor before using this product if you have a sodium-restricted diet.

    Ask a doctor before using this product if you have heart disease, a recent heart attack, or an irregular heartbeat. Nicotine can increase your heart rate.

    Ask a doctor before using this product if you have high blood pressure that is not controlled with medication. Nicotine can increase our blood pressure.

    Ask a doctor before using this product if you have a stomach ulcer or diabetes.

    Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using this product if you are using a non-nicotine stop-smoking drug.

    Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using this product if you are taking a prescription medicine for depression or asthma. Your prescription dose may need to be adjusted.

  • What are the possible side effects of Nicorette Gum?

    Continuously using one piece of this product after another may cause hiccups, heartburn, nausea, or other side effects.

    Side effects cannot always be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue using this product.

  • What should I avoid while taking Nicorette Gum?

    Do not use this product if you continue to smoke, chew tobacco, use snuff, or use a nicotine patch or other nicotine-containing products.

    Do not eat or drink for 15 minutes before chewing the nicotine gum, or while chewing a piece.

    Do not use more than 24 pieces in a day.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Nicorette Gum?

    If Nicorette Gum is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Always check with your doctor before combining Nicorette Gum with any other medication.
  • What is the usual dosage of Nicorette Gum?

    Adults and children 18 years: Stop smoking completely when you begin using the gum. If you smoke <25 cigarettes a day, use the 2-mg nicotine gum.

    If you smoke ≥25 cigarettes a day, use according to this 12 week schedule:

    Weeks 1-6: Chew one 4-mg piece every 1-2 hours.

    Weeks 7-9: Chew one 4-mg piece every 2-4 hours.

    Weeks 10-12: Chew one 4-mg piece every 4-8 hours.

    Chew the gum slowly until it tingles. Then park it between your cheek and gum. When the tingle is gone, begin chewing again, until the tingle returns. Repeat this process until most of the tingle is gone (about 30 minutes). Do not eat or drink for 15 minutes before chewing the nicotine gum, or while chewing a piece. To improve your chances of quitting, use at least 9 pieces per day for the first 6 weeks. If you experience strong or frequent cravings, you may use a second piece within the hour.

    It is important to complete treatment. Stop using nicotine gum at the end of 12 weeks. If you still feel the need to use nicotine gum, talk to your doctor.

    Children <18 years:

    Ask a doctor.

  • How should I store Nicorette Gum?

    Store at room temperature. Protect from light.