EFFECTS OF NICOTINE GUM
Most people will find they have no side effects from chewing nicotine gum. A small percentage may experience headaches, insomnia, dizziness and mouth discomfort. If such symptoms occur make sure to check that you are using the gum correctly and not exceeding the dosage recommended on the packet. As with any medical treatment, you should consult your doctor before beginning the treatment. If such symptoms persist, see your doctor.
Using the gum correctly
As the gum contains nicotine, it will have a distinctive peppery flavour which develops as it is slowly chewed. A tingling feeling should also develop. Chewing the gum too quickly may cause similar effects to when smoking too quickly or when inhaling a cigarette for the first time: lightheadedness, dizziness, hiccups, stomach pain or upset, nausea, vomiting or insomnia. If this occurs chew the gum more slowly.
Some people may also develop effects such as hiccups and stomach pain from incorrectly chewing the gum. This occurs because the nicotine that should be absorbed through the lining of the mouth when the gum is "parked" or placed between your cheek and gum, is instead carried in the saliva and down to the stomach where it can cause irritation. Remember, the gum must be chewed slowly and not constantly like regular gum.
For more information on how to chew the gum correctly please see using nicotine gum.
Symptoms of too much nicotine
Do not exceed the recommended doses of nicotine gum. Consult the packet for the recommended dosage.
However if signs of too much nicotine develop - cold sweats, confusion, difficulty in breathing, disturbed hearing or vision, faintness, fast or irregular heartbeat (palpitations), chest pain, marked weakness, or seizures - consult your doctor.
What if I swallow a piece of nicotine gum?
No adverse effects should occur if you accidentally swallow a piece of nicotine gum.
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