Nicorette is the main ingredient in tobacco products and is used to help people quit smoking.
The drug works by providing a low level of nicotine, which can reduce cravings for smoking.
Nicorette is available under different brands (Nicorette, Nicoderm, Habitrol, Nicotrol, Nicorelief, Commit) and is sold as a non-prescription drug (OTC) and prescription medicine.
It comes in the form of a patch, a chewing gum, an inhaler or a nasal spray.
Nicorette is also prescribed to people who have diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, mild cognitive impairment and Tourette’s syndrome.
Some studies have shown that the drug can also improve attention and symptoms of depression.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first approved nicotine as a chewing gum in 1984.
Quit smoking as soon as you start treatment with Nicorette. Continued smoking with this drug can be dangerous.
Talk with your doctor about which form of nicotine is best for you. You may not be able to use nasal spray if you have problems with your nose; Gum, if you have problems with your teeth or mouth; or plaster if you have certain skin conditions.
If you use a nicotine patch, it can burn your skin if you wear it during an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). Remove the patch before carrying out this test.
Before using nicotine, tell your doctor if you have:
- Heart disease or irregular heartbeat
- Thoracic pain
- High blood pressure
- Sick thyroid gland
- The jaw condition, known as temporomandibular joint disease (TMJ)
- Kidney or liver disease
- Stomach ulcer
- Pheochromocytoma (adrenal tumor)
- Asthma or other chronic lung disease
Pregnancy and Nicorette
Nicorette can harm an unborn baby. You should not take this medicine if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
This drug can penetrate into breast milk and can harm an infant. You should not breast-feed while taking nicotine.
Nicorette side effects
Common side effects
Tell your doctor if any of the following side effects become serious or persistent:
- Hiccough or burp
- Stomach upset or nausea
- Watery eyes
- Dry mouth
- Changes in taste
- Redness, itching or burning (when using a patch)
- White spots or sores in the mouth or on the lips (when using an inhaler)
- Runny nose (when using a nasal spray)
Serious side effects from Nicorette
Seek immediate medical attention or get emergency medical help if you experience the following serious side effects:
- Symptoms of an allergic reaction that may include urticaria, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the lips, face, tongue, or throat
- Thoracic pain
- Irregular heartbeat
- Severe rash or swelling
Nicoretic interaction with other drugs
Inform your doctor about all prescription, non-prescription, illegal, recreational, herbal, dietary or dietary preparations that you are taking, especially:
- Imipramine (Tofranil)
- Oxazepam (Serax)
- Propranolol (Inderal)
- Labetalol (Normodin, Trandat)
- Prazosin (Minipress)
- Theophylline (Theo-Dur, Theochron, Theolar)
- Pentazocine (Talwin)
The dosage of Nicorette
Make sure that you take Nicorette exactly as indicated on the label. Do not take more or less than the recommended drug.
Nicorette plasters are placed directly on the skin. Paste the patch on clean, dry and bare skin on the outside of the shoulder or thigh.
Adhesives have different adhesive sides and they can be worn for different periods of time.
Choose another revenge on your body to paste a patch every time you glue a new one. Do not use the same area twice a week.
You can wear a band-aid during bathing or taking a shower.
Never wear two patches at the same time.
Chew the gum slowly and stop chewing it when you notice a tingling sensation or a taste of pepper in your mouth.
Keep the chewing gum between the cheek and the gum until the sensation of taste or tingling stops. Then start chewing again and repeat this process for about 30 minutes.
Remove the gum after 30 minutes or when the taste or sensation ceases.
Make sure that you chew gum slowly. Too intense chewing can cause side effects, such as hiccough, nausea, or stomach problems.
Do not swallow the chewing gum, do not eat or drink for 15 minutes while the chewing gum is in your mouth.
You will probably chew at least 9 pieces of nicotine gum every day for the first six weeks of treatment. Do not chew more than 24 pieces per day.
Stop using nicotine chewing gum after 12 weeks of use.
Let it slowly dissolve, do not chew and do not swallow it.
You may notice a tingling or warm feeling in your mouth. Move the lollipop from one side of the mouth to the other when it dissolves.
Do not eat or drink while you are using a nicotine lozenges.
To use the nasal spray, tilt the head slightly back and insert the tip of the vial as far into the nostril. Spray once in each nostril.
Do not swallow, sniff or inhale, spray solution.
Wait a few minutes before breathing through your nose.
To use the Nicorette inhaler, take a deep breath or breathe in a short breath.
When you inhale, nicotine turns into steam and is absorbed by the mouth and throat.
If you suspect an overdose, immediately contact a poison control center or an emergency room.
You can contact the Toxicology Center
The missed dose of Nicorette
Nicolette is often used as needed, so you do not have to plan the dosage.
However, if you regularly use the medicine and skip the dose, take it as soon as you remember.
If it’s time for the next dose, forget about the missed dose and continue your regular schedule.