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If you are using nicotine gum (Nicorette® Gum), avoid eating or drinking anything for 15 minutes before using the gum, or while it is in your mouth. Why can't you eat or drink anything before using nicotine gum? The answer is simple: if you eat any food or drink anything before or during use, it may decrease the amount of nicotine absorbed into your body.
(Click Nicotine Gum Dosage for more information on eating or drinking with nicotine gum. This article also discusses general dosing guidelines, as well as tips on how to use this product safely and effectively.)
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