Nicotine gum (Nicorette® Gum) is a nonprescription medication licensed to help reduce nicotine withdrawal in people who are trying to quit smoking cigarettes. Although most people can use this product safely, nicotine gum does pose certain health risks.
For example, people with certain medical conditions should consult their healthcare provider before using nicotine gum. This includes people who have certain heart problems, diabetes, or high blood pressure. Because this gum contains nicotine, it can increase your blood pressure or heart rate.
Also, nicotine gum may cause high levels of insulin in the blood in people who have been using it for more than 11 months. Nicotine may also delay the healing of peptic ulcers (sores in the stomach or upper intestines).
(For more details on potential health risks associated with this drug, click Precautions and Warnings With Nicotine Gum. This article offers detailed drug warnings on things like allergic reactions, serious side effects, and more.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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