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And I'm using nicorette (nicotine gum) now. But it burns. Are these side effects for it?

And I'm using nicorette (nicotine gum) now. But it burns. Are these side effects for it?

Yes: A slight burning in the mouth is a normal side effect of nicorette (nicotine gum). It should decrease as the medicine is absorbed from the gum.

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I quit smoking 6 months ago with the use of nicorette (nicotine gum). I've been off the nicorette (nicotine gum) for 3 wks. Why does my tongue burn and my teeth are very sensitive?

I quit smoking 6 months ago with the use of nicorette (nicotine gum). I've been off the nicorette (nicotine gum) for 3 wks. Why does my tongue burn and my teeth are very sensitive?

Don't know: Not enough information to answer your question but I can tell you with certainty that you should not blame the symptoms on smoking cessation and are encouraged to continue that very good effort to get off of those things. By the way, I believe you stopped smoking because you wanted to not because of nicorette (nicotine gum).

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Is nicotine gum still cancerous?

Is nicotine gum still cancerous?

Actually there: Are numerous carcinogens in tobacco, but nicotine is *not* carcinogenic, it is just highly addictive. The idea of patches is that they taper the dose of nicotine to aid your dependence on it, until you stop...The craving is less. So, the nicorette/derm is safe, a bridge to lower your 'required' dose, and help you ditch the product.

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How can nicotine gum affect a non-smokers lungs?

How can nicotine gum affect a non-smokers lungs?

No lung effect ofGum: Nicotine gum has no effect on the lungs of the person chewing it. It is, however, addictive. People who quit smoking by chewing nicotine gum will still need to go through withdrawal from the nicotine at some point.

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I'm addicted to nicotine gum should I be worried?

Not particularly: Since it is far better than being dependent on the nicotine in tobacco, which comes with organic agents, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and assorted other poisons. The gum is not great for your jaw and teeth, and can cause TMJ pain and pull out fillings. I would recommend switching to lozenges, or better yet, go to an equivalent dose patch (14-21 mg) for a week then cut back for 1-2 weeks ; stop.

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Can you take nicorette (nicotine gum) and nitro-dur?

Can you take nicorette (nicotine gum) and nitro-dur?

I suppose: One would expect that a patient needing nitrates would be more likely to have complications from any nicotine compound which would promote vasospasm. However, if the choice were nicorette (nicotine gum) vs. Cigarettes, I would prefer the nicorette (nicotine gum).

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Is it ok to use nicotine gum with paxil (paroxetine)?

Yes: There are no contraindications between nicotine replacement therapy and any antidepressant. Hope you are successful with your quit efforts. I generally recommend the use of skin patches, which provide more even levels of nicotine, and then use gum or lozenges only for breakthrough craving, but gum or lozenges alone can work too.

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Could you take nicorette (nicotine gum) with nitro-dur?

Could you take nicorette (nicotine gum) with nitro-dur?

Yes: For a long while, the manufacturers put on their package insert that people with heart disease shouldn't use nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). However, it is entirely clear that the greatest risk to health in people with heart disease is continued tobacco smoking, and NRT is clearly safest. What I would NOT do is have a cigarette anywhere near using a nicotine patch or gum. Good luck quitting.

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How to withdraw from or avoid addiction to nicotine gum?

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, .

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I am addicted to nicotine gum should I be worried? Is this bad?

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.

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Can a child get severely sick if he swallows a nicotine gum tablet?

Maybe: Depends on the dose that is ingested and the size of the child. Having said that, children who ingest only one dose are unlikely to have any major issues or side effects. Still, any time a child ingests anything a caretaker should immediately call poison control to assess the situation and get recommendations. 1-800-222-1222.

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How long does nicotine gum stay in system? If being tested to work as cna in hospital. Thank you

How long does nicotine gum stay in system? If being tested to work as cna in hospital. Thank you

Depends on test: Half-life is the term for time only 1/2 remains - for nicotine it is 1-4 hrs (depends on many variables). Cotinine, which is what it becomes once inside humans has a half-life 7-40 hrs. So, if they look for that - it can be up to 80 hrs to be sure of being clear - if they know you are quitting, it might be they'd offer a re-test if you fail on that issue. Good luck!

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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.

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I stopped smoking in first of january, using nicotine gum. But this week I always think about smoking, what to do. Please help! ?

Smoking cessation: Congratulations on having quit. It may take some time to get over the cravings. Try using the nicotine gum to get you through a rough period. Use carrot or celery sticks to simulate having a cigarette in your mouth/fingers. Your doctor might prescribe a course of Chantix to block the nicotine cravings if all else fails. Good luck with your endeavor.

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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, ?

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.

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I'm a smoker & trying to quit. I was thinkin about trying nicorette (nicotine gum), (nicotine gum) seeing as how I have wellcare medicaid, I can get nicorette (nicotine gum) free. Good idea or not?

I'm a smoker & trying to quit. I was thinkin about trying nicorette (nicotine gum), (nicotine gum) seeing as how I have wellcare medicaid, I can get nicorette (nicotine gum) free. Good idea or not?

GREAT IDEA!: You're certainly on the right track! quitting smoking is a terrific idea. Speak with your doctor about whether the gum is recommended for you. For some people the gum reduces withdrawal symptoms, including nicotine craving. So, it might be a good idea for you as you are getting through the beginning phase of quitting cigarettes and improving your health. Make a plan and go!

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