Nicorette® Gum (nicotine gum) is an over-the-counter (OTC) medicine used to help people quit smoking cigarettes. It comes in the form of a gum that releases a small amount of nicotine when it is chewed. This helps to minimize nicotine withdrawal symptoms and gradually wean you off nicotine. The starting dosage you use will depend on how many cigarettes you smoke each day.
Although this medication is available without a prescription, you may want to discuss Nicorette Gum's safety information with your healthcare provider to help determine if this product is a safe and effective choice for your situation. In particular, let your healthcare provider know if you have high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart problems. In clinical studies, the most commonly reported side effects included hiccups, nausea, and belching.
(For more information on this medication, click Nicorette Gum. This Web resource provides an in-depth explanation of how this nonprescription drug works, lists other potential side effects, and offers some safety precautions to be aware of before beginning treatment.)
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