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What is Nicorette Gum (Nicotine) prescribed for?
Nicotine is the primary and very addictive ingredient in any tobacco product. The Nicorette Gum releases nicotine into the body as you chew on a stick of gum. This in turn, replaces the nicotine you would get from smoking and makes the withdrawal effects you may receive form not smoking less severe. The amount of nicotine you use is decreased over a time frame until you no longer need it. It is used in nicotine replacement therapy, a process for smoking cessation.
Since the nicotine in Nicorette gum is released by chewing, it is advised that you chew the gum slowly and intermittently to avoid the risk of releasing too much nicotine. Also it is suggested to not eat or drink while chewing since foods can reduce the nicotine absorption.
The package of gum come in two different dosages; 2MG and 4MG. Dosing depends on the degree of nicotine dependence. For example; light smokers should use the 2MG, where as the heaver smokers would use the 4MG gum.
You should begin to chew the gum once you feel the craving. And it is suggested to use the gum following a 12 week schedule.
Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic to Nicotine; or to any other medications or allergies in general. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.
Before taking this medication, it is for the best to inform your doctor of your Medical history. Especially if have ever had any of the following; Chest pain or pressure, a heartbeat that does not feel normal, or a recent heart attack.
If you are experiencing any of the following side effects, you should speak with your doctor right away. They are as follows; Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat. Signs of high blood pressure like very bad headache or dizziness, passing out, or change in eyesight. Mood changes, feeling confused, chest pain or pressure, a burning numbness, dizziness, upset stomach and throwing up, diarrhea, drooling, shakiness, tired and weak, cold sweats, blurred eye vision, change in hearing.
If you being to feel effect by this minor side effects, you should still call our doctor and receive medical help. Especially if these side effects persist or worsen. They are as follows; Trouble sleeping, bad dreams, fealing nervous and excitable, headaches, joint and back pain, irritation where the patch is used, flu-like signs, and gas.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.
What is the best dosage to take?
The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.
What happens if I miss a dose?
You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.
What is the best way to store this medication?
This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.
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