What is Nicotine Gum
Nicotine gum is an aid to quit smoking.
- Chew and “park” it between your cheek and gums.
- This delivers nicotine to the body through the lining of the mouth.
How to Get Started
- Talk with your doctor before using the gum, especially if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or have heart issues.
- The gum is available over-the-counter.
- Some health plans may cover the cost.
Dose and Schedule
- The gum comes in two does: 4 mg and 2mg.
- If you smoke your first cigarette within 30 minutes of wake-up, start with 4 mg.
- If you smoke your first cigarette more than 30 minutes after wake-up, start with 2 mg.
- Use gum on a schedule, not just when you have a craving. Here is an example:
- Weeks 1-6 >> every 1-2 hours
- Weeks 7-9 >> every 2-4 hours
- Weeks 10-12 >> every 4-8 hours
If you use the gum, you may get:
- Mouth sores
- Jaw pain
Tips for Use
- Do not chew like bubble gum.
- Chew it until you can taste the nicotine or feel a tingle in your mouth
- Park it between your cheeks and gums
- After about a minute, when the tingling is almost gone, chew it again
- Repeat this process until the tingle is all gone (about 30 minutes)
- Do not use more than 24 pieces per day
- Do not eat or drink 15 minutes before and during use
- Avoid acidic foods and drinks
(like oranges, coffee, and soda)
- These can make the gum less effective
See Your Doctor
There’s no magic medication to cure addiction to nicotine. However, these medications can increase your chances of quitting two- or three-fold. It’s important to discuss any medication with your doctor to be sure you’re using it safely, at the correct dosage and for the appropriate duration.
You CAN Afford to Quit