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Can you stay on nicotine gum for a long time ?

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Francine Yep
Dr. Francine Yep
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Dr. Francine Yep
You're welcome! Good luck. You can do it!
Saurabh Bajpai
Emergency Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: YES but shouldn't

It is sometimes necessary to utilize nicotine gum chronically.
It should be noted that you can get addicted to nicotine gum itself - with health risks. On the other hand, congratulations on quitting smoking (or chewing). A taper to discontinue the gum can be arranged for. Any concerns could be shared with your md - including fears of nicotine withdrawal, underlying anxiety, add, or depression.

In brief: YES but shouldn't

It is sometimes necessary to utilize nicotine gum chronically.
It should be noted that you can get addicted to nicotine gum itself - with health risks. On the other hand, congratulations on quitting smoking (or chewing). A taper to discontinue the gum can be arranged for. Any concerns could be shared with your md - including fears of nicotine withdrawal, underlying anxiety, add, or depression.
Saurabh Bajpai
Saurabh Bajpai
Answer assisted by Saurabh Bajpai, Medical Student
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Dr. Steven Bowers
Internal Medicine

In brief: Can or Should?

The question isn't can you, the question is should you.
Nicotine gum does help with the withdrawal from nicotine, and it can help you stop smoking. But nicotine is a drug, and it does have adverse effects, like raising blood pressure and heart rate. I would recommend that, once you're off the smokes for 2 - 4 weeks, you start tapering the dose of the nicotine.

In brief: Can or Should?

The question isn't can you, the question is should you.
Nicotine gum does help with the withdrawal from nicotine, and it can help you stop smoking. But nicotine is a drug, and it does have adverse effects, like raising blood pressure and heart rate. I would recommend that, once you're off the smokes for 2 - 4 weeks, you start tapering the dose of the nicotine.
Dr. Steven Bowers
Dr. Steven Bowers
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