What Is Nicotine Gum Used For?

How Does This Medicine Work?

Nicotine gum is a nicotine replacement medication. When you chew the gum, nicotine is released into your mouth and absorbed into your body. This replaces the nicotine your body was accustomed to getting from cigarettes, helping to reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms. As you slowly decrease your dose of nicotine gum, your body adjusts to having less nicotine until you no longer need the medication.

Is It Safe for Children to Use Nicotine Gum?

Nicotine gum should not be used in people under the age of 18 without a healthcare provider's approval. It is unknown whether this medication is safe or effective for children. The amount of nicotine in each piece of gum is enough to harm a child, so keep this medication out of the reach of children.

Is It Safe for Older Adults?

Yes -- older adults can use this medication. Nicotine gum is thought to be as safe and effective in older adults as it is in younger age groups. It is important to know, however, that the gum can stick to dentures.

Can Nicotine Gum Be Used Off-Label?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this product for something other than smoking cessation. This is called an "off-label" use. An example of a possible off-label use for nicotine gum is the treatment of Tourette syndrome.
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