Disclaimer: This information is only meant for educational purposes, and it not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. For any specific questions or concerns, please talk to a doctor.
Nicotine gum contains nicotine and feels and looks like chewing gum. When you chew the gum, the nicotine begins to slowly release into your mouth. Then you hold the gum in your mouth between your cheek and gums. Cigarette smoke passes nicotine almost instantly into the blood through the lining of the lungs, and the blood takes it to the brain in a few seconds. The nicotine in the gum takes several minutes to reach the brain. This makes the "hit" less rapid with the gum than with a cigarette. Nicotine gum also delivers much less nicotine to your body than a cigarette would.
The nicotine gum is good for occasional smokers to reduce withdrawal symptoms, cravings and manage stress. You can use the gum to help you reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke daily.
Note: The taste of nicotine gum can be unpleasant at first but most people get used to it with regular use.
- Nicotine gum should not be chewed like regular chewing gum. Use bite-park technique. 'Bite' the gum once or twice, then “park” the gum in the corner of your mouth (between your cheek and gums)
- Wait one minute, bite the gum a few more times, and then “park” the gum again
- Repeat the 'bite' and “park” process for 30 minutes
- It takes 15 to 30 minutes for the gum to start working so use the gum prior to when you think you will need it. For instance, if you used to smoke on your coffee break, take the gum 30 minutes prior to your regular break
- Avoid acidic food or beverages like coffee, tea, juice, and soda 15 minutes before using the gum. The acid in these products can prevent your mouth from absorbing the nicotine in the gum
Nicotine gum is not like regular gum. If used incorrectly, you are more likely to experience side effects, including:
- Stomach upset
- Mouth, throat or gum irritation
- Jaw ache
- Trouble sleeping
Stop using the nicotine gum and seek medical attention immediately if you experience the following:
- Chest pain
- Irregular heartbeat
- Leg pain
- Persistent stomach pain
- Rash or hives
If you have an active jaw disease or jaw/dental pain you should use a different form of nicotine replacement therapy, as these conditions will make it difficult to use the gum.
This is a summary and does NOT have all possible information about this product. This information does not assure that this product is safe, effective, or appropriate for you. This is not individual medical advice and does not substitute for the advice of your health care professional. Always ask your health care professional for complete information about this product and your specific health needs.