- How Smoking Affects Your Looks & Life Slideshow
- Tips to Quit Smoking Slideshow
- Take the Quiz on Smoking
- What brand names are available for nicotine gum?
- Is nicotine gum available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for nicotine gum?
- What are the uses for nicotine gum?
- What are the side effects of nicotine gum?
- What is the dosage for nicotine gum?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with nicotine gum?
- Is nicotine gum safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about nicotine gum?
What are the uses for nicotine gum?
What are the side effects of nicotine gum?
Side effects include:
- Increase heart rate
- Increased blood pressure
- Oral irritation
- Dental pain
- Flatulence (intestinal gas)
- Withdrawal symptoms
- Sore throat
Possible serious side effects include:
- Risk of harm to the fetus
- Transfer of nicotine dependence
What is the dosage for nicotine gum?
- Light smokers (less than 25 cigarettes per day): Use 1 piece of 2 mg gum every 1 to 2 hours for weeks 1 to 6; then use 1 piece of 2 mg every 2 to 4 hours for weeks 7 to 9; then use 1 piece of 2 mg gum every 4 to 8 hours for weeks 10 to 12.
- Heavy smokers (more than 25 cigarettes per day): Use 1 piece of 4 mg gum every 1 to 2 hours for weeks 1 to 6; then use 1 piece of 4 mg every 2 to 4 hours for weeks 7 to 9; then use 1 piece of 4 mg gum every 4 to 8 hours for weeks 10 to 12.
Individuals should not use more than 24 pieces of nicotine gum per day. It is not recommended to eat or drink 15 minutes before or while chewing the gum. It is not recommended to use nicotine gum for more than 12 weeks.
Which drugs or supplements interact with nicotine gum?
Is nicotine gum safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
What else should I know about nicotine gum?
What preparations of nicotine gum are available?
Nicotine gum is available in 2 and 4 mg strengths.
How should I keep nicotine gum stored?
Nicotine gums should be stored at room temperature between 20 C and 25 C (68 F and 77 F).
Quick Guide25 Effects of Smoking on Your Looks and Life
Nicorette Gum (nicotine polacrilex, Nicorelief, Nicorette, Thrive) is an agent that assists with smoking cessation. Side effects may include:
Multimedia: Slideshows, Images & Quizzes
Lung Cancer Symptoms, Stages, Treatment
Learn about lung cancer symptoms and treatments. Get more information on small cell lung cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, and...
COPD Lung Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment
COPD is a pulmonary disorder caused by obstructions in the airways of the lungs leading to breathing problems. Learn about COPD...
25 Effects of Smoking on Your Looks and Life
What are the effects of smoking tobacco? Besides and increased risk of smoking related diseases, smoking can affect your looks...
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) Quiz
COPD is a combination of three conditions? Take this quiz to learn the three conditions that make up the pulmonary disease called...
Smoking Quiz: How to Quit Smoking
You know it's time you quit smoking. Learn the myths and facts about quitting smoking with the Smoking Quiz. When it comes to...
Lung Cancer Quiz: Signs and Symptoms
Lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer deaths in both men and women in the U.S. and worldwide. Get the facts about lung...
Picture of Lung Cancer
Cancer of the lung, like all cancers, results from an abnormality in the body's basic unit of life, the cell. See a picture of...
Picture of Lungs
The lungs are a pair of spongy, air-filled organs located on either side of the chest (thorax). See a picture of the Lungs and...
How to Quit Smoking: 13 Tips to End Addiction
One of the best ways to improve your health is to quit smoking. These practical tips to help you quit smoking have been shown to...
Lung Cancer Risks: Myths and Facts
Learn about lung cancer myths and facts. Explore how cigar smoke, menthol, and pollution can increase your risk of lung cancer...
Effects of Secondhand Smoke: Facts
The effects of secondhand smoke can be hazardous to your health. Secondhand smoke can lead to lung cancer, heart disease, and...
How to Quit Smoking Without Weight Gain
Learn how to avoid weight gain while quitting smoking. Explore what causes weight gain after quitting smoking. See lifestyle...
Related Disease Conditions
Lung cancer kills more men and women than any other form of cancer. Eight out of 10 lung cancers are due to tobacco smoke. Lung...
Vaping (e-Cigarettes, Side Effects, Dangers, Safety)
Vaping or e-cigarettes are smokable products that use refillable or replaceable cartridges or containers that contain a liquid...
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) Symptoms, Causes, Stages, Life Expectancy
COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a lung condition caused by smoking tobacco, exposure to secondhand smoke, and/or...
Chewing Tobacco (Smokeless Tobacco, Snuff)
Chewing tobacco (snuff or smokeless tobacco) has more nicotine absorbed into the system than by smoking a cigarette. Chewing...
Emphysema is a COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) that often occurs with other obstructive pulmonary problems and...
The term oral cancer includes cancer of the mouth (oral cavity) and the back of the mouth (oropharynx). Red and white patches...
Bad breath can result from poor oral hygiene habits and may be a sign of other health problems. Bad breath, also called...
Lung Anatomy (Structure and Function)
The lungs are primarily responsible for the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide between the air we breathe and the blood....
Smoker's Lung: Pathology Photo Essay
Smoker's lung photo essay is a collection of pictures and microscopic slides of lung disease caused by cigarette smoking....
Smoking (How to Quit Smoking)
Smoking is an addiction. More than 430,000 deaths occur each year in the U.S. from smoking related illnesses. Secondhand smoke or...
Secondhand smoke can cause illness and disease in nonsmokers. Some of these conditions include lung cancer, heart disease,...
Smoking During Pregnancy
Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage or stillbirth, low birth weight or premature birth, and more....
Smoking and Heart Disease
Smoking increases the risk of heart disease in women and men. Nicotine in cigarettes decrease oxygen to the heart, increases...
Weight Control and Smoking Cessation
One concern smokers have when considering quitting smoking is weight gain. Not everyone will gain weight when they stop smoking....
Treatment & Diagnosis
Medications & Supplements
Prevention & Wellness
- FDA Looks to Reduce Nicotine in Cigarettes
- 1 in 10 Medicaid Recipients Gets Drugs to Quit Smoking
- Many Pregnant Women Think E-Cigarettes 'Safer' Than Regular Cigarettes
- Study Suggests Link Between E-Cigarettes, Respiratory Infections
- Quitting Tips for Thursday's Great American Smokeout
- Just Cutting Back on Smoking May Not Boost Lifespan
- Smoking After Stroke Triples Risk of Death Within Year: Study
- Genes Might Help Some Smokers Kick the Habit
- At More U.S. Workplaces, Smokers Need Not Apply
- Long-Term Treatment May Be Best Way to Help Smokers Quit
- FDA to Regulate E-Cigarettes Just Like Tobacco
- Survey: E-Cigarettes May Help Smokers Quit
- New Nicotine Inhaler May Help Smokers Quit
Smoking Cessation Resources
Health Solutions From Our Sponsors
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
FDA Prescribing Information.