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Talk with your healthcare provider prior to using this gum if you have:
- Heart problems, including heart disease, chest pain (angina), or an irregular heartbeat (heart arrhythmia)
- Had a recent heart attack
- High blood pressure
- An overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)
- A tumor of the adrenal gland
- An ulcer in the stomach or upper intestines (peptic ulcer)
- Blood vessel problems, such as Buerger's disease or Raynaud's phenomenon
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Liver disease, such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, or liver failure
- Dietary restrictions, such as a low-sodium diet
- Problems with your mouth, jaw, or teeth
- Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Nicorette Gum and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Nicorette Gum and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Nicotine Gum to learn more, including information on who should not use the drug.)
Your initial dose of nicotine gum will depend on how many cigarettes you generally smoke each day. The dose is then slowly decreased to gradually reduce your dependence on nicotine.
Follow the recommended nicotine gum dosing guidelines to improve your chances of successfully quitting smoking. As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Nicotine Gum Dosage for more information.)