What brand names are available for nicotine gum?

Nicorette Gum, Nicorelief, Nicorette, Thrive

Is nicotine gum available as a generic drug?

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

Do I need a prescription for nicotine gum?

No

What are the uses for nicotine gum?

What are the side effects of nicotine gum?

Side effects include:

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?

  • 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.

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Is nicotine gum safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?

  • There are no adequate studies of nicotine to determine safe and effective use in pregnant women.
  • It is not known if nicotine enters breast milk; therefore, it is best to be cautious before using it in nursing mothers.

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).

Summary

Nicorette Gum (nicotine polacrilex, Nicorelief, Nicorette, Thrive) is an agent that assists with smoking cessation. Side effects may include:

Drug interactions, dosage, and pregnancy and breastfeeding safety information should be reviewed prior to using this product.

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Medically Reviewed on 3/7/2019
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Medically reviewed by John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP; Board Certified Emergency Medicine

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