Common questions about Nicorette® 

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 

  • 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 it is acceptable to do so in most cases. Talk to your doctor or healthcare provider if you feel the need to use Nicorette for longer than 12 weeks.

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

  • How do I use Nicorette Gum?

    There is specific way to chew Nicorette Gum. Watch the video to learn the correct way.

  • How much Nicorette Gum should I chew in a day?

    The goal of Nicorette is to slowly reduce your dependence on nicotine. Watch the video to learn about how much gum you should chew in a day.

  • Does it matter how many Nicorette Lozenges and mini Lozenges I take in a day?

    Using Nicorette Lozenges and mini Lozenges allows users to gradually reduce their dependence on nicotine over time. Watch the video to find out how many lozenges or mini lozenges to take throughout the day.

  • How will I feel when I start using Nicorette?

    Quitting smoking isn’t easy. But you’ll feel a lot better than you would if you quit cold turkey. That's because Nicorette helps reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms, which can include things like depressed mood, insomnia, irritability, frustration, anxiety, and restlessness. And since the benefit of quitting smoking is such a positive thing for your body and mind, you should start to feel better, both physically and emotionally, because of the decision you’ve made.

  • If nicotine is the problem, why should I use nicotine-based gum or lozenges?

    Quitting smoking may be one of the hardest things you'll ever do, but the benefits of quitting are worth it. Cigarette smoke delivers nicotine very quickly into the body along with over 7,000 chemicals, 69 of which are known carcinogens. The active ingredient in Nicorette is a low dose of therapeutic nicotine that's gradually absorbed by your body to help reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms, such as a cigarette cravings, depressed mood, insomnia, irritability, frustration, anxiety and restlessness. The goal of using Nicorette is to slowly reduce your dependence on nicotine by following a schedule where you use less and less over the course of a 12-week program. NRT, along with behavioral support, can double chances of success.

  • 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.

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

    You can start immediately. Choose a start date for your quit and begin to use Nicorette that day.

    Consult the user’s guide for complete directions and other important information.

  • 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.


Dos and don’ts 

  • Can I 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.

  • 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.

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

    If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, only use this medicine on the advice of your healthcare provider. Smoking can seriously harm your child. Try to stop smoking without using any nicotine replacement medicine. This medicine 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?

    If you are concerned, your doctor or pharmacist is the best person to advise you based on your medical history and present state of health. We specifically recommend you ask a doctor before use if you have:

    • Heart disease, recent heart attack, or irregular heartbeat. Nicotine can increase your heart rate.
    • High blood pressure not controlled with medication. Nicotine can increase your blood pressure.

    Also, ask a doctor or pharmacist before using if you are:

    • Using a non-nicotine stop-smoking drug.
    • Using prescription medicine for depression or asthma. Your prescription dose may need to be adjusted.
  • Can I use Nicorette if I take other medications?

    Any questions about drug interactions between medications should be answered by your physician or other healthcare professional. Talk to your doctor if you take other medications. The active ingredient in Nicorette is nicotine, which is already in your system if you are a smoker. Talk to your doctor about this, especially if you use a non-nicotine stop-smoking drug or take prescription drugs for asthma or depression.

  • 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 Lozenges or mini Lozenges instead.

  • What if my child or pet eats a piece of Nicorette?

    Make every effort to keep Nicorette out of reach of children and pets. In case of accidental ingestion, get professional assistance or contact a poison control center immediately.

About quitting 

  • How do I quit smoking?

    Every quit smoking journey is different but there are some simple ways to find your motivation. Watch the video to the right for some quit-smoking tips.

  • Why not quit cold turkey?

    Nicotine delivered by cigarettes 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.*

    *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 an 8-12-week program.

  • Will I gain weight if I quit smoking?

    When it comes to quitting smoking, weight gain is a common concern. Even if you do gain a bit, it’s nothing compared to all the good things you’re doing for yourself. If you continue to gain weight after a few months, try to analyze what you’re doing differently. Reduce your fat intake, choose healthy snacks, and increase your physical activity to help burn off extra calories.

  • How do I bounce back from a slip-up?

    Don’t be discouraged by slip-ups. Learn from them. Use a slip-up to find your smoking triggers and then avoid the situations that cause them. Watch the video for more information.

  • I've tried to quit smoking several times, but it's never worked. Why can't I quit?

    You can. You just haven't succeeded yet. Even if you've made it a day, a week, or a month — you've made it. Try to learn from your mistake. Figure out why you fell off the wagon so you can avoid putting yourself in similar situations in the future, choose a new quit date, and then try again. This time, you may be able to quit for good!

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