Chewing on nicotine gum will give you an immediate hit of nicotine. The nicotine is released by contact with saliva and absorbed through the lining of the mouth.You can buy nicotine gum over the counter without a prescription. It comes in 2 mg and 4 mg strengths.
Consider using this product if you:
- Prefer to have control over how much nicotine you are getting and when you are getting it. You can use it as needed rather than receiving a constant supply.
- Enjoy chewing gum.
- Want to replace the action of taking out a cigarette, and putting something in your mouth. If you have a craving, you reach for a piece of gum instead of reaching for a cigarette.
How it’s used:
- In order to be effective, the gum must be used properly. Rather than chewing it continuously, the gum should be chewed slowly until you can taste the nicotine or feel a slight tingling in your mouth. You then stop chewing and place (park) the gum between your cheek and gum. This will allow the nicotine to be absorbed. When the tingling is almost gone (about 1 minute), start chewing again. This “chew, chew, park” process should be repeated for about 30 minutes.
- Do not drink coffee, soft drinks or other beverages while chewing as this will prevent the absorption.
- Available in 2 different strengths: 2 mg and 4 mg.
- Generally, the 2 mg gum should be used if the person smokes less than 25 cigarettes per day, and the 4 mg gum should be used if the person smokes 25 or more cigarettes per day.
- Individuals may chew 10 to 15 pieces of gum daily.
- Most people use the gum for approximately 3 months. Heavy smokers may need to use it longer.
Watch Out For:
- The most common side effects are burning throat, hiccups, or dental problems. These symptoms can often be eliminated if the gum is chewed properly.