Nicorette FAQs

Here are some of the most-asked questions about Nicorette. You should be able to get even your toughest questions answered right here. If not, feel free to contact us here.

Using Nicorette

  • Can I still smoke while using Nicorette?

    The whole reason to use Nicorette is to quit smoking. Once you’ve made the decision to quit, you should choose a date to stop smoking and start using Nicorette that day. It is okay if you slip up and have a cigarette. You can still continue your quit attempt and keep using Nicorette as directed. Just throw away your cigarettes and get back to your quit plan. The FDA has determined that there are no significant concerns with using NRT products like Nicorette at the same time as another nicotine-containing product like a cigarette.

  • How long after smoking my last cigarette can I start using Nicorette?

    We recommend you choose a start date for your quit and begin using Nicorette the day you stop smoking.

  • What should I do if I slip up and have a cigarette?

    If you slip and have a cigarette, don’t give up. Get rid of your cigarettes and get back on your program to quit smoking with Nicorette. The FDA has determined that there are no significant concerns with using NRT products like Nicorette at the same time as another nicotine-containing product like a cigarette.

  • How long should I use Nicorette?

    You should use Nicorette for the full 12 weeks to improve your chances of success. However, if you find that you need to use Nicorette longer than 12 weeks, the FDA has determined that is acceptable to do so in most cases. Talk to your doctor or health care provider if you feel the need to use Nicorette for longer than 12 weeks.

    1 FDA Consumer Health Information. Nicotine replacement therapy labels may change. April 2013. Available at http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm345087.htm

  • Why can’t I eat or drink for 15 minutes before using Nicorette?

    Eating or drinking even mildly acidic foods and beverages directly before using or while using Nicorette inhibits nicotine absorption into your bloodstream. A basic alkaline pH is required for the nicotine in Nicorette to be properly released from the gum and absorbed through the lining of your mouth. We recommend waiting 15 minutes after eating or drinking before using Nicorette.

  • Can I use Nicorette to help quit chewing tobacco, cigars or pipe smoking?

    No, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of Nicorette only as a stop smoking aid for cigarette smoking.

  • Why not quit “cold turkey”?

    Going it alone, or trying to quit cold turkey, means relying solely on your willpower to quit. However, nicotine is so addictive that people often underestimate how difficult it is to resist cravings using willpower alone. Nicorette delivers a controlled amount of nicotine to your system to help soothe your physical cravings and allows you to focus on mental aspects of your quit. Using Nicorette as directed Doubles Your Chances of Quitting.TM*

    Doubles your chances of quitting vs placebo. Use as directed. Behavioral support program increases chances of success. Many people require several quit attempts to stop smoking. This product is part of a 12 week program.

  • Why did Nicorette’s directions for use change?

    The Food and Drug Administration—after reviewing published scientific reports and other studies on the safety of NRT products sold over the counter (OTC)—has determined that some warnings and limitations specified in the directions for use on the labels of NRT products are no longer necessary to make sure they are used appropriately to quit smoking.

    You can read the FDA statement here.

  • Has the formulation of Nicorette changed?

    No. Only the directions for how you can use the product have changed. Some stores may not yet have our packages with the new directions. However the product is exactly the same.

Using Nicorette with Other Medical Conditions or Drugs

  • Will Nicorette gum stick to my dentures or dental work?

    Nicorette gum is sugar-free. However, it may stick to dentures, dental caps or partial bridges. Consult your dentist or consider using Nicorette Lozenge or mini Lozenge instead.

  • Can I use Nicorette if I’m pregnant or nursing?

    If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, only use Nicorette on the advice of your health care provider. Smoking can seriously harm your child. Try to stop smoking without using any nicotine replacement medicine. Nicorette is believed to be safer than smoking. However, the risks to your child from this medicine are not fully known.

  • Can I use Nicorette if I have a medical condition?

    Talk to your doctor before using Nicorette if you have any of the following:

    o   A sodium-restricted diet

    o   Heart disease, recent heart attack, or irregular heart beat

    o   High blood pressure not controlled with medication

    o   Stomach ulcer

    o   Diabetes

  • Can I use Nicorette if I take other medications?

    Talk to your doctor if you take other medications. Nicorette releases nicotine, which is already in your system if you are a smoker. However, withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting smoking and the absence of nicotine in your system may affect how your body handles medications. Talk to your doctor about this, especially if you are using a non-nicotine stop smoking drug or if you take prescription drugs for asthma or depression.

  • Can I drink alcohol if I’m using Nicorette?

    Right after quitting, you should try to avoid alcohol, coffee and other beverages you associate with smoking. In addition, you should not eat or drink anything for 15 minutes before using Nicorette. Eating or drinking 15 minutes before using Nicorette may limit the absorption of Nicorette through the membrane of your mouth.

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