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Nicotine Gum Addiction
Reducing the amount : Over time, you can reduce the dosage of nicotine that you use daily.What you are describing is physical dependence and not addiction which has multiple negative factors associated with use such as criminal activity, irresponsibility, harm to others as well as yourself, etc.You might also want to consider Chantix which works to replace nicotine in your nervous system and reduce withdrawal symptoms, . ...Read more
Addiction is a condition in which a person has a strong, persistent physical and psychological need for a habit-forming substance (such as alcohol, cigarettes, or cocaine) or an activity (such as gambling). The person usually suffers physical or psychological withdrawal symptoms if he is unable to continue getting what ...Read more
Been suffering with lhermittes for a month (mris brain&c ok). Could a 5 year addiction to nicotine gum (15x2mg daily) cause vitamin B12 deficiency?
Unrelated. : I think you are saying you have been suffering with lhermitte's sign, and there are no findings on brain and c-spine mris to justify your symptoms. You know that b-12 deficiency can cause it, so you wonder if nicotine gum has caused that. No. Start by talking to your doc about whether you have a b-12 deficiency. Some people simply can't absorb b-12. Ssri discontinuation can also cause lhermitte's. ...Read more
It depends: Long term nicotine use has relatively few risks compared to long term tobacco use. Some patients actually live longer if they are continued on nicotine replacement. It is the exposure to tobacco which is particularly risky. I prefer the nicotine patch because it allows ongoing nicotine use while helping extinguish the "self medicating" pattern o f addiction. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
There are dangers: With nicotine gum so it should be used carefully as any medication. I found this article for you to read describing side effects and possible dangers of nicotine gum: http://www.Ehow.Com/about_5084926_dangers-nicotine-gum.Html#page=2 good luck. You may want to try hypnosis which has no side effects or possible 2nday addictions involved. ...Read more
Is there any logical reason an alcoholic in early stages would also chew many pieces of nicotine gum daily?
Yes: 80-95 percent of alcoholics use nicotine, alcohol seeems to increase the pleasurable effects of nicotine. From a common sense and healthy choice nothing logical about it, nothing logical about being an alcoholic either though right? Addiction is continuing to do something despite it having negative consequences. Its a disease that requires treatment. Cancer is not logical either but happens. ...Read more
I stopped smoking for a 3 month using nicotine gum but yesterday I couldn't handle it anymore , I bought a packet yesterday and I smoked, ?
Need willpower: Smoking is a personal choice. You must make decision to stop. 3 months off is total withdrawl. However you still remember habit part just like knowing how to ride a bike once learned. You learned smoking if stressed and that response kicked in. Stop again immediately and nextime stressed get your mind off the stress by doing some exercise or other enjoyable stress releiver, not smoking. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Initially, can I use 21mg nicotine patch in addition to nicotine gum as needed for withdrawal symptoms ?
Would say no: The 21 mg patch is already a high dose, so adding nicotine gum (or smoking/using tobacco) at the same time increases the risk of a reaction to the nicotine, which is a powerful drug. If you have withdrawal symptoms despite the high dose patch, you likely have a strong addiction/tolerance as part of the problem. But i would only add more nicotine if instructed by your physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Better than smoking: Nicotine gum does not increase your risk for cancer. But nicotine can increase your blood pressure. If you look at the big picture, it would be healthier choice to stay on nicotine gum instead of smoking though. Remember your support. Check out phone help at 1-800-quitnow, texting support, and more at www.Smokefree.Gov congrats on making great changes! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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