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The patent for Nicorette Gum (nicotine gum) has expired, and generic versions are available. Generic Nicorette Gum is sold under the name nicotine gum and is available in 2-mg and 4-mg strengths. It is difficult to determine if generic nicotine gum is as good as the brand-name product, as it does not have to undergo the same testing required for prescription generics.

Can I Buy Generic Nicorette Gum?

Nicorette® Gum (nicotine gum) is a nonprescription medication used for smoking cessation (to help people stop smoking). It reduces nicotine withdrawal symptoms, including nicotine cravings, which occur when people quit smoking.
Nicorette Gum is made by GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare, L.P. However, its patent has expired, and generic versions are available.

Available Strengths

Generic Nicorette Gum is available in the following strengths:
  • Nicotine gum 2 mg
  • Nicotine gum 4 mg.

Who Makes Generic Nicorette Gum?

Generic Nicorette Gum is made by several companies, including:
  • Perrigo Company
  • Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, LTD.

Is Generic Nicotine Gum as Good as Nicorette Gum?

With prescription medications, all generic versions must undergo certain tests to compare them to brand-name medications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) then looks at these tests to decide if the generics are equivalent to the brand-name medications and assigns each generic a rating. An "AB" rating, for example, means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name drug.
Nonprescription products are not rated using this system. Therefore, it may be difficult to determine whether a generic nonprescription medication is equivalent to the brand-name product.
In addition, generic medications may have different inactive ingredients than the brand-name medicine. This might include fillers, dyes, or other ingredients that may cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities.
If you have questions about using generic Nicorette Gum, ask your pharmacist. He or she can recommend a good generic product. Some manufacturers are more reliable than others, and your pharmacist can help you choose among the many products available.
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