Many people may be able to stop smoking using nicotine gum (Nicorette® Gum). This nonprescription product comes in the form of a gum that is chewed every one to eight hours for 12 weeks. Although the medicine is generally well tolerated, it is not without risks. For example, safety warnings for nicotine gum involve the risk of potentially overdosing on nicotine. Contact your healthcare provider if you experience any signs of a nicotine overdose, such as:
Nausea and vomiting
A rapid heartbeat.
Problems are also more likely if a person already has certain medical conditions, such as:
It is also important to know that nicotine gum can cause other problems, such as allergic reactions and a fast heartbeat, and may not be suitable for some people. Therefore, make sure your healthcare provider is aware of any medical conditions you have and any other medications you are taking, including nonprescription medicines, herbal supplements, and vitamins.
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