What is Nicorette Fresh Mint Gum?
Nicorette Fresh Mint Gum is a nicotine gum which can help you to manage your cravings as you quit smoking. The 2mg dose of nicotine in this gum makes it ideal for those who smoke less than 20 cigarettes a day, or for those who have began Nicotine Replacement Therapy with 4mg gum and are looking to gradually reduce their nicotine intake.
How can nicotine gum help me to quit smoking?
Nicotine gum is part of a group of treatments known as NRT or Nicotine Replacement Therapy. This means that nicotine gum works by replacing the nicotine that your body usually gets from smoking, helping you to manage your cravings. Over time you can reduce the amount of nicotine in your NRT, which will help you to quit smoking gradually and more successfully than quitting cold turkey.
What happens to your body when you quit smoking?
When you quit smoking, your body experiences withdrawal from the nicotine that you get when you smoke. When you smoke, your body becomes dependent on nicotine, and craves it when you try to quit, causing unpleasant symptoms. This is why many people find it difficult to quit smoking without help, as they struggle to manage their cravings and other symptoms of nicotine withdrawal effectively.
Can I use this gum if I’m pregnant?
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding you should speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before using this or any other medication. You should try to quit smoking without using NRT first, as quitting as soon as possible will be the best thing for you and your baby. However, if you do struggle to quit smoking without help, your doctor may recommend that you use NRT treatments such as Nicorette gum. These should only be used under medical supervision, as your doctor may need to recommend an alternative course of treatment. If you are breastfeeding and have been recommended this product by a medical professional, you should breastfeed immediately before chewing this gum, as the nicotine in this product can pass to your baby through your breastmilk and this will help you to be sure that the smallest amount possible passes to your baby.
Can I use this product if I’m taking other medication?
If you are taking other medication, you should speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before using this product. Some medications can interact when used together, causing unwanted side effects or making your medication less effective. You should especially speak to your doctor if you are taking medicines such as theophylline, clozapine, or ropinirole, as the amount of these medications you need may change as you quit smoking and your doctor will need to assess this properly.
Can I take this medication if I’m diabetic?
If you have diabetes you should speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before using this product. You will need to monitor your blood sugar levels more often while you’re using this product and may need to alter the amount of insulin or other medication you take, which you should only do under medical supervision.
How to use Nicorette Gum
Chew one piece of Nicorette Gum whenever you need help to manage your cravings. Chew the gum slowly until the taste becomes too strong, then let the gum rest between your gum and your cheek. Once taste has faded, continue chewing and repeat for around half an hour. Dispose of the gum appropriately and do not swallow. You may need to take a different strength of gum depending on how much you smoke every day.
- For those who smoke 20 or fewer cigarettes a day – chew 1 x 2mg piece of gum as needed
- For those who smoke more than 20 cigarettes a day – chew 1 x 4mg piece of gum as needed
Do not chew more than 15 pieces of gum a day.
When should Nicorette Fresh Mint Gum not be used?
Nicorette Gum is not suitable for use by children under the age of 12, if you are aged 12 – 18 you should speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before using this product. Do not use this gum if you are allergic to nicotine or any of the other listed ingredients. You should speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before using this product if you:
- Are in hospital due to heart disease, including heart attack disorders of heart rate or rhythm, angina, high blood pressure, stroke
- Have a stomach ulcer, duodenal ulcer, inflammation of the stomach, or inflammation of the oesophagus
- Have liver or kidney diseases
- Have an overactive thyroid gland or have a phaeochromocytoma (a tumour of the adrenal gland that can affect blood pressure)
Does this product have any side effects?
Like all medications, Nicorette Gum can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. If you experience any of the following side effects, stop use and seek medical assistance immediately:
- Fast heart rate or heartbeat, abnormal heartbeat
- Chest palpitations
- Shortness of breath
- Allergic reactions, e.g. swelling of the face, mouth, lips, throat and tongue, itching, swelling of the skin, ulceration and inflammation of lining of the mouth, difficulty breathing, dizziness
Other common side effects you may experience while using this product include:
- Throat irritation
- Feeling sick
- Sore mouth or throat
- Allergic reaction
- Taste disturbance, loss of taste
- Tingling or numbness in hands or feet
- Stomach pain, discomfort
- Dry mouth
- Excessive gas or wind
- Increased salivation
- Sore and inflamed mouth
- Burning sensation in the mouth
- Tiredness, fatigue
If you experience these or any other side effects while using this product, stop use and speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist. For a complete list of possible side effects of this gum, please see the patient information leaflet included with this product. For more information about reporting the side effects of medication, please see the MHRA’s Yellow Card Scheme.
What happens if I suffer with nicotine withdrawal?
If you reduce the amount of nicotine you consume every day too quickly or stop completely, you can experience symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. You can help to prevent this by reducing your nicotine intake gradually. Some symptoms of withdrawal include:
- Irritability, aggression
- Feeling low
- Poor concentration
- Increased appetite, weight gain
- The urge to smoke, cravings
- Sleep disturbance, waking in the night
- Lowering of the heart rate
How to store this product
Store in a cool, dry place. Store in original packaging to protect from light, do not use if expiration date printed on packaging has passed. Keep out of sight and reach of children and animals, nicotine can be very dangerous or sometimes fatal to small children if consumed in high doses.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
Store all medicines out of sight and reach of children.
Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.
Please contact your GP if appropriate regarding this product.
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The active ingredient in NICORETTE® freshmint 2 mg gum is 2 mg Nicotine.
Other ingredients are: Chewing gum base, xylitol, acesulfame potassium, sodium carbonate, peppermint oil, menthol, polacrilin, magnesium oxide, titanium dioxide E171 (white colour), talc, acacia and carnauba wax.
The chewing gum base contains butylated hydroxytoluene (E321), an anti-oxidant.
The 2 mg gum also contains sodium bicarbonate.
None of the gums contain sugar (sucrose) or animal products).
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