If you are trying to quit smoking, you may benefit from using Nicorette® Gum (nicotine gum). This over-the-counter (OTC) medicine is a type of nicotine replacement therapy. It works by reducing nicotine withdrawal symptoms, such as nicotine cravings, by releasing a controlled amount of nicotine into the body.
Nicorette Gum comes in two strengths (2 mg and 4 mg) and is chewed every one to eight hours for 12 weeks (sometimes longer). You can get flavored Nicorette Gum, which is available in mint, cinnamon, and fruit flavors. The amount of gum you chew each day will depend on how many cigarettes you typically smoke on a daily basis. Your dosage is then slowly decreased, which helps to gradually reduce your dependence on nicotine, as well as decrease withdrawal symptoms.
(Click Nicorette Gum for more information on this nicotine replacement medicine. This article provides a complete overview of this product, including how it works, potential side effects, and safety precautions to keep in mind.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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