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i got some nicorette (nicotine gum) gum to help me stop smoking. the package says i need to quit smoking before i start i?

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Dr. Susan Woods
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Not really: You can start using nicotine gum whenever you want. The key is to use it correctly - use it when you need it and chew it and "park" it between your teeth and cheek. If you smoke and use gum, then you're you're not really quitting, right? But, you may find that gum helps you smoke less and less, then not want to smoke at all. If you see that you can go a day or more withou a smoke, you can do more!
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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In general yes: but it is not an absolute. Many people use the gum or lozenges just to cut down, or to help themselves when they are in an airplane or at a movie. What it means is that you should not do BOTH - smoke while using the gum or patches, because it can cause much higher blood/brain levels of nicotine, and can cause serious side effects. There have been heart attacks in people smoking on top of gum/patch

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I have recently been diagnosed with COPD and I still smoke. Is it too late to quit smoking now that my lungs are already damaged?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
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No: Quitting smoking now will slow the progression of COPD over time and may even stop or reverse some of the effects of COPD (this will take years). But continuing to smoke will definitely worsen your copd, including infections, and affect the lung tissue at a much faster rate than if you didn't smoke.
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I am currently taking chantix to stop smoking and i'm also on steroids for bronchitis. Are these two medications safe ?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Depends: Prednisone for short periods of time is safe. Chantix however is under scrutiny after a canadian study was published this summer showing a high risk of stroke and heart attack in patients taking the drug. Like all medication the risk must be balanced by the benefit. I have had a lot of patients have high success with chantix.
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I quit smoking 10 years ago, but was just diagnosed with copd. Will my lungs get worse?

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No: Chewing tobacco is related to oral cancer - since it is not smoked/inhaled it doesnt increase the riskof develoing emphysema/copd.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Is it normal to cough up black phlegm even after you quit smoking?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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No: After someone stops smoking there will be a period of weeks of increase sputum production due to recovery of the function of your airways. After six to eight weeks you should no longer have a productive cough/smokers cough. Black sputum can be from certain bacterial/fungal infections ad you should let our healthcare provider know.
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Is there a relationship between long-term use of nicotine chewing gum and venous stasis in the feet?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
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No: Extremely unlikely. Interesting nicotine/smoking doesn't affect the valves in veins- it is, however, a risk factor for blood clot formation. Smoking definitely causes arterial vascular disease.

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