Nicotine is a smoking cessation product. Nicotine when administered in a measured amount aids smoking cessation and helps in reducing associated withdrawal symptoms. It replaces nicotine from tobacco smoke and helps in overcoming the habit of smoking. Smoking has serious implications on the human’s health. Smoking is a habit forming activity and can cause following complications:
- Multiple cancers like Mouth, lung and stomach cancer
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Eye problems like cataract and macular degeneration
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Fetal damage
Nicotine gums treat tobacco induced nicotine dependence. It is the best way to avoid undesirable withdrawal symptoms such as tobacco craving, increased hunger, nausea, vomiting and irritation. By supplementing Nicotine from non tobacco source relieves craving and really helps the Smoker to beat the habit of cigarette smoking
The ailments it is used for:
Nicotine is a pharmaceutical product that is given for the smoking cessation. In combination with counseling and education, Nicotine helps in quitting cigarette smoke.
Understanding the drug Nicotine:
How it works?
Nicotine contains Nicotine a natural alkaloid available in the plants. Nicotine exerts stimulant and relaxant properties. In smokers, there is a strong desire to smoke and this is controlled by providing nicotine in body from non tobacco source. This all helps in overcoming the undesirable withdrawal symptoms and helps the smoker to tackle the cravings.
When should you avoid it?
You should not take Nicotine if you:
- Are hypersensitive towards Nicotine
- Have a heart diseases such as arrhythmia and hypertension
- Have thyroid related problems
- Have tumor of the adrenal gland
- Have liver or kidney associated problems
- Have stomach ulcers
- Have asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
How much to take?
Always take the dose as prescribed by the doctor. Doctor is the one who will decide the exact dosage for you after analyzing various factors such as Age, gender and smoking habits. Generally, 4 mg Nicotine gum is given for the patient who smokes more than 25 cigarettes a day.
What are the strengths available?
Nicotine is available in seven strength combination on our website:
- Nulife Chewettes 4 mg
- Nicotex gums
Who is the manufacturer?
Nicotex is manufactured by Pfizer, a pharmaceutical giant and is available on our website in the pack of 8 gums.
Nu life Chewettes is manufactured by Elder Pharmaceuticals Ltd, a pharmaceutical giant and is available on our website in the pack of 8 gums.
How to take?
Don’t eat or drink anything before using Nicotine gum. Place a gum in your mouth. Start chewing the gum until you will face a tingling sensation and keep the gum between the cheek and gum. When tingling sensation subsides, then start chewing it again. Slowly chew them for several more times until the taste sensation returns. Keep performing this for 30 minutes.
When to take?
Always take the Nicotine as per instructed by the Doctor. Don’t swallow the chewing gum.
For how long should it be taken?
The intake of drug is decided by the Doctor only. Take the drug as long as recommended by the Doctor only.
What if you take too much (overdose)?
If medicine is taken in excess or you swallow it take medical help. Excessive intake can cause underlying symptoms such as:
- Abdominal pain
- Hearing problems
- Uneven heart beat
What if you miss the dose?
Try to take the medicine at the same time each day; this reduces the chances of missing dose. Consult your Doctor if you miss the Dose. Don’t double up the dose in order to compensate with the previous one.
What are the side effects?
Nicotine is very effective and potent drug which aids smoking cessation. Every drug has some side effects associated with it. This is not essential that everyone will encounter these below mentioned effects such as:
Very common side effects are listed below:
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Abdominal pain and discomfort
- Watery eyes
- Stuffy nose
- Dryness of mouth
Some serious side effects are as follows:
- Chest pain
- Irregular heartbeat
Are there any possible drug interactions?
Always tell doctor about the medicines you are taking. Doctor will provide you a list of the drugs that will interact with Nicotine and may hamper its therapeutic efficacy. Some of the drugs which interact with Nicotine and can produce hindrance in its mode of action or can cause undesired effects are stated below:
What are the things to be taken care of?
- Always take the medicine as per prescription
- Always store the medicine at the room temperature and away from moisture, heat and light
- Don’t use the expired drug
- Constantly monitor your blood sugar levels if you are diabetic patient
- Avoid consumption of alcohol while using this drug
- Don’t share your medicine with anybody, even if they have the same symptoms
- Keep a complete record of all the medicines you are taking along with this medicine
- Consult with your Doctor if you experience any unusual symptoms