If you are trying to stop smoking with Nicorette® Gum (nicotine gum), your dosing amount and frequency of use will be based on how many cigarettes you smoke each day. There are two available strengths of this medicine (2 mg and 4 mg). If you smoke your first cigarette each day within 30 minutes of waking, you should use the 4-mg strength.
When beginning treatment with Nicorette Gum, you can chew one piece of gum every one to two hours. However, do not chew more than 24 pieces of gum in one day. The amount of gum you chew each day is slowly decreased over 12 weeks (or sometimes longer) to help limit nicotine withdrawal symptoms and cravings, while weaning your body off its dependence on nicotine.
(For more details on dosing guidelines and frequency of use, click Nicotine Gum Dosage. This full-length article discusses specific dosing guidelines for quitting smoking, and lists several tips for how to effectively use this drug.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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