Dosage & Instructions for Usage
|Number of cigarettes you smoke per day||Dose of Gums|
|20 cigarettes or fewer.||One 2mg Gum as required to relieve cravings|
|More than 20 cigarettes||One 4mg Gum as required to relieve cravings|
How to chew Nicorette Gum – The Nicorette Chewing Technique
The method of chewing Nicorette Gum is not the same as for ordinary chewing gum. Nicorette Gum is chewed to release nicotine then rested so that nicotine can be taken in through the lining of the mouth. If Nicorette Gum is chewed continuously, the nicotine is released too quickly and is swallowed. This may irritate your throat, upset your stomach or give you hiccups. If you have false teeth you may have difficulty chewing the gum as Nicorette Gum could stick to them and
on rare occasions, damage dentures. If you experience a problem, other types of nicotine replacement therapy such as a skin patch, inhaler or lozenge may be more suitable for you.The Nicorette Chewing Technique
- Chew slowly until taste becomes strong.
- Rest between gum and cheek.
- Chew again when the taste has faded. Keep chewing like this for about half an hour. After this time the gum will have lost its strength and you should dispose of it carefully.
How to stop smoking: your choice
Because smoking is an addiction, you may find it difficult to give up. From time to time you may still have strong urges to smoke but if you follow these recommendations, you have a
good chance of quitting. Some people may find it easier to set a quit date and stop smoking immediately. Others who are unable or not ready to stop smoking abruptly, may benefit from gradually reducing the number of cigarettes they smoke each day until they feel able to stop completely. If you find it hard to stop smoking using Nicorette Gums, you are worried that you will start smoking again without them or you find it difficult to reduce the number of Nicorette Gums you are using, talk to one of our expert healthcare advisors at Pharmhealth. Remember Nicorette Gums are not intended as a substitute for smoking, they are an aid to give up.
Use one of the three options which follows:
- Stopping Immediately
The idea is to stop smoking immediately and use the gum to relieve the cravings to smoke. After achieving this you then stop using the gums.
- Adults aged 18 years and over
See the following instruction which shows the basic step by step process. The times given below are the longest amount of time they should take, and you should try to achieve your move to the next step in the shortest time possible. Make sure that you read the instructions for each step in the information which follows.
Step 1: Set a date to quit and stop smoking cigarettes completely.
Step 2: Use the gum for up to 12 weeks (3 months) to relieve your cravings to smoke. See the dosing table in “When to use Nicorette Gum” to decide which strength of gum to use and how often you can take it. Steadily reduce the number of gums you use per day until you have given up Nicorette Gum completely.
➤ You might feel a sudden craving to smoke long after you have given up smoking and stopped using Nicorette Gum. Remember you can use nicotine replacement therapy again if this should happen.
i Stopping Gradually
The idea is to start by gradually replacing some of your cigarettes with the gum. After achieving this you then give up cigarettes completely while using the gum. Finally, you
give up using the gum.
i Adults aged 18 years and over
See the following instruction which shows the basic step by step process. The times given for steps 2 and 3 are the longest they should take, and you should try to achieve your move to the next step in the shortest time possible. Make sure that you read the instructions for each step in the information which follows.
Step 1: Work out how many cigarettes you smoke per day. Set a date to start reducing the number of cigarettes you smoke.
Step 2: Start reducing. Over the next few months, reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke by using Nicorette Gum when you feel the urge to smoke, until you feel ready to stop completely. See the dosing table in “When to use Nicorette Gum” to decide which strength of gum to use and how often you can take it.
➤ For those using the 4 mg Nicorette Gum, the use of 2 mg Gum may be helpful when withdrawing from treatment.
➤ If after 6 weeks you have not reduced the number of cigarettes you smoke, ask one of our expert healthcare advisors for help.