nicotine polacrilex (Nicorette Gum, Nicorelief, Nicorette, Thrive)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

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DRUG INTERACTIONS: Nicotine gums may cause abnormal heart rate and rhythm in patients maintained on anti-arrhythmia medications.

Patients with high blood pressure (hypertension), insulin-dependent diabetes, or coronary artery disease should use nicotine gum with caution or consult a doctor before use.

PREGNANCY: There are no adequate studies of nicotine to determine safe and effective use in pregnant women.

NURSING MOTHERS: It is not known if nicotine enters breast milk; therefore, it is best to be cautious before using it in nursing mothers.

Medically reviewed by Eni Williams, PharmD

REFERENCES:

FDA Prescribing Information.

Medscape. nicotine gum (OTC) - Nicorette.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/25/2015

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