What is Nicotinell Fruit 2mg Medicated Chewing Gum Regular Strength?
This Nicotinell gum is a treatment that is designed to help those who want to quit smoking. This gum contains 2mg of nicotine, which is suitable for those who smoke less than 20 cigarettes a day. Nicotine in this instance is used in a way that helps to reduces cravings. This is known as Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT).
What causes an addiction to smoking?
People become addicted to smoking as a result of nicotine contained in tobacco. When the tobacco is inhaled and gets into the lungs, the nicotine quickly gets into the brain, where neurotransmitters are released that affect mood and behaviour. The neurotransmitter that is released as a result of nicotine is dopamine. Dopamine improves mood and gives off the feeling of pleasure. This creates an addiction to that feeling which can be caused by triggers, physical and behavioural. Knowing what these triggers are can help when it comes to quitting smoking.
Who is this Nicotinell Gum suitable for?
This gum is suitable to be used by adults and children aged 12 and over. It should not be used by anyone who is allergic to the ingredients contained in the gum. Speak to a doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before using if any of the following applies to you:
- Have heart disease
- Have high blood pressure
- Have recently had a stroke
- Have serious kidney or liver disease
- Have or in the past had a stomach ulcer
- Have persistent indigestion
- Are diabetic
- Have an overactive thyroid
- Have a tumour on the adrenal glands
- Are fructose intolerant
- Are on a low-sodium diet
You should also speak to someone before using if you are using any other medication.
Can someone who is pregnant or breastfeeding use this gum?
Anyone who is pregnant or breastfeeding and is looking to quit smoking should do so without using any form of NRT. If this is undoable, then NRT should be considered. Before using any treatment, medical advice from a professional before using.
How should Nicotinell Fruit 2mg Medicated Chewing Gum Regular Strength be used?
To use this gum, use one piece only and put it into the mouth. Chew the gum until the taste has become strong and then place it in between the gum in the mouth and the cheek. When the taste has faded, chew again for around 30 minutes. Do not use more than 25 pieces of gum a day. Only use the gum for 12 weeks unless told to do so by a doctor.
Are there any side effects?
Like with many different types of medicine, there is a chance of side effects. Potential side effects include:
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Swelling in the face
- Severe itching of the skin
- Dizziness and headaches
- Stomach pains
- Red skin rash
- Irregular heartbeat rhythm
If you notice any side effect, stop using this gum and speak to a doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist as soon as possible. You can also record any side effect that you notice using the MHRA Yellow Card Scheme.
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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