Precautions and Warnings With Nicotine Gum
People with heart problems, diabetes, or peptic ulcers should consult their healthcare provider before using nicotine gum. Other safety precautions include warnings of potential problems this drug may cause, such as a fast heart rate and high blood pressure.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Using Nicotine Gum?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using nicotine gum (Nicorette® 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
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.