Nicorette® Gum (nicotine gum) is a nonprescription drug used to help people quit smoking. Your dose of this medicine will depend on how many cigarettes you smoke each day. Your dosage is then slowly decreased over 12 weeks to help reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Some people are curious about using this product indefinitely, asking the question, "Can you chew Nicorette Gum for many years?"
Using Nicorette Gum for the complete 12 weeks of treatment will increase your chances of successfully quitting smoking. Some people will need to use this gum for longer than 12 weeks, and this is generally considered to be okay. However, there are probably risks associated with long-term use, since nicotine affects heart rate, blood pressure, and blood sugar, so you should use this medication with the ultimate goal of stopping it.
(Click Nicorette Gum Dosage for more information. This article also describes specific dosing guidelines, as well as tips for safely and effectively using this drug.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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