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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is Nicorette®?
  2. How does Nicorette work?
  3. Does Nicorette come with a support program to help me quit?
  4. How long after my last cigarette should I wait before I begin my quit attempt using Nicorette gum?
  5. Can I smoke while using Nicorette gum?
  6. Will Nicorette stick to dentures or dental work?
  7. Why can't I eat or drink for 15 minutes before using Nicorette?
  8. Can I use Nicorette to help quit chewing tobacco, smoking cigars or
    using a pipe?
  9. Can I use Nicorette if I'm pregnant or nursing?
  10. How long will the nicotine stay in my blood or urine?
  11. How should I use Nicorette if I smoke low-tar or low-nicotine cigarettes?
  12. Does Nicorette gum come in different flavors?
  13. What is the nutritional content of Nicorette?
  14. Is Nicorette sugar free?
  15. Does Nicorette contain gluten, animal derivatives, latex or dairy products?
  16. How long is Nicorette used?
  17. How many pieces do I use per day?
  18. What strength is right for me?
  19. Should I ever change to a different strength of Nicorette?
  20. How long do I keep a piece of Nicorette gum in my mouth?
  21. Can teenagers buy Nicorette?
  22. How should I store Nicorette?
  23. What if my child or my pet eats a piece of Nicorette?
  24. How is Nicorette gum different from NicoDerm® CQ®?
  25. How is Nicorette gum different from Commit® Lozenge?
  26. Can I use Nicorette if I have a medical condition?
  27. Can I use Nicorette if I take other medications?
  28. Can I drink alcohol if I am using Nicorette?
  29. Should I use expired Nicorette?
  30. Is Nicorette gum more expensive than smoking?
  31. How will I feel when I stop smoking and start using Nicorette?
  32. Will I gain weight if I quit smoking?
  33. What if I slip up while I'm using Nicorette?
  34. I've tried to quit smoking several times, but it's never worked.
    Why can't I quit?
  35. If nicotine is the problem, why should I use a nicotine gum?


  1. What is Nicorette?
    Nicorette is a stop-smoking quit aid in the form of a sugar-free nicotine gum. It helps to reduce nicotine cravings that make quitting smoking so hard.

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  2. How does Nicorette work?
    Each piece is a form of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT). This means it replaces some of the nicotine your body and brain are used to getting, while gradually reducing the level of nicotine until you no longer need it. The level of nicotine uptake is lower than cigarettes, and allows your body to gradually adjust to having less nicotine until you don't need any. Nicorette is nicotine bound to a sugarless chewing gum base. When Nicorette is chewed, nicotine is released and absorbed through the lining of the mouth. You may adjust the amount of nicotine you receive by changing how much time you wait before chewing another piece. However, it is recommended you use at least 9 pieces of Nicorette gum during the first six weeks of therapy to improve your chances of success. Nicorette reduces withdrawal symptoms when you quit smoking and allows you to take control of your nicotine cravings. The chewing gum dosage form also provides some oral gratification and is an alternative that helps replace part of the rituals of smoking.

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  3. Does Nicorette come with a support program to help me quit?
    Yes, it's called Committed Quitters®. Committed Quitters is a free, individualized stop-smoking plan that helps break the psychological addiction to smoking by offering customized advice on how to cope with situations that may tempt the quitter to smoke. Studies show that personally tailored psychological support increases the chances of successfully changing behavior. Information on joining can be found inside each box of Nicorette or online at CommittedQuitters.com.

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  4. How long after my last cigarette should I wait before I begin my quit attempt using Nicorette gum?
    We recommend choosing a start date for your quit attempt and beginning the use of Nicorette gum first thing that day, before having any cigarettes. However, if you choose to wait and start your quit attempt later in the day, you must wait 30 minutes or longer after smoking your last cigarette before using your first piece of Nicorette gum.

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  5. Can I smoke while using Nicorette gum?
    No. The whole reason to use Nicorette is to quit smoking. If you slip and start smoking again, a lapse of one or two or even a few cigarettes need not spoil your efforts. Throw away your cigarettes, forgive yourself and continue with the program. Don't consider yourself a failure or punish yourself. In fact, people who have already tried to quit are more likely to be successful the next time.

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  6. Will Nicorette stick to dentures or dental work?
    Nicorette is sugar-free and made in such a way to reduce stickiness. However, it may stick to dentures, dental caps or partial bridges, so you may want to consult your dentist.

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  7. 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 during use of 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.

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  8. Can I use Nicorette to help quit chewing tobacco, smoking cigars or using a pipe?
    No, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of Nicorette gum only as Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) for cigarette smoking. Talk with your doctor to find a product that is right for your circumstance.

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  9. 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 health care 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.

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  10. How long will the nicotine stay in my blood or urine?
    Trace amounts of nicotine can be detected in blood and urine for several hours, but it should be gone by 48 hours. However, if you are being tested for nicotine, there is a metabolite of nicotine, called cotinine, which can be detected in blood or urine for as long as 7 to 10 days after your last exposure to nicotine.

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  11. How should I use Nicorette if I smoke low-tar or
    low-nicotine cigarettes?

    Regardless of the type of cigarette you smoke, you should use Nicorette according to label instructions. If you smoke 25 or more cigarettes per day, you should use 4mg Nicorette. If you smoke fewer than 25 cigarettes per day, use 2mg Nicorette. Click here to find more about which strength is right for you.

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  12. Does Nicorette gum come in different flavors?
    It comes in four varieties: FreshMint, Orange, Original and Mint. Nicorette is not a confectionary flavored chewing gum or a candy. It is a serious medicine that has been developed with palatable flavors.

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  13. What is the nutritional content of Nicorette?
    There is less than 3 calories and 1 gram of carbohydrates in each piece of Nicorette.

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  14. Is Nicorette sugar free?
    Yes. Original Nicorette is sweetened with sorbitol, a natural sweetener produced commercially from corn.

    Nicorette FreshMint, Mint and Orange are sweetened with Xylitol, a natural sweetener produced commercially from plants. Nicorette FreshMint and Mint also contain acesulfame potassium as a sweetener.

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  15. Does Nicorette contain gluten, animal derivatives, latex or
    dairy products?

    No, Nicorette does not contain any of these.

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  16. How long is Nicorette used?
    The recommended course of therapy is 12 weeks. You should use Nicorette for the full 12 weeks to improve your chances of success. You should chew one piece every 1-2 hours for weeks 1-6. During weeks 7-9, you should chew one piece every 2-4 hours. During weeks 10-12, you should chew one piece every 4-8 hours. Do not chew more than 24 pieces per day. Do not chew Nicorette longer than 12 weeks.

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  17. How many pieces do I use per day?
    To improve your chances of success, chew at least 9 pieces per day in the first six weeks. During weeks 7 to 9, chew 1 piece every 2 to 4 hours. Finally, during weeks 10 to 12, chew 1 piece every 4 to 8 hours.

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  18. What strength is right for me?
    If you smoke 25 or more cigarettes a day, use the 4mg strength.
    If you smoke fewer than 25 cigarettes a day, use the 2mg strength.

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  19. Should I ever change to a different strength of Nicorette?
    No, the strength of Nicorette that you use to start on the program is the strength you should use throughout the program.

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  20. How long do I keep a piece of Nicorette gum in my mouth?
    Usually about half an hour, this is when the peppery taste or tingle won't return.

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  21. Can teenagers buy Nicorette?
    No, the sale of nicotine to a minor is prohibited in the U.S. Since the active ingredient in Nicorette is nicotine, the sale of Nicorette to anyone under the age of 18 is prohibited. Persons under 18 should speak to their doctor.

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  22. How should I store Nicorette?
    Nicorette should be stored at temperatures between 68 - 77 degrees Fahrenheit (20 -25 degrees Celsius). It should also be protected from light.

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  23. What if my child or my pet eats a piece of Nicorette?
    Make every effort to keep Nicorette gum out of reach of children and pets. In case of an accidental ingestion, get professional assistance or contact a poison control center immediately.

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  24. How is Nicorette gum different from NicoDerm® CQ®?
    Nicorette is nicotine gum that releases nicotine into your body through the lining of your mouth while providing oral gratification. NicoDerm CQ is a patch that releases a steady flow of nicotine into your body through your skin. Only Nicorette lets you take an extra piece to overcome strong or sudden cravings.

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  25. How is Nicorette gum different from Commit® lozenge?
    Nicorette is nicotine gum that releases nicotine into your body through the lining of your mouth while providing some oral gratification. Commit is the first and only FDA-approved nicotine lozenge. Only Nicorette lets you take an extra piece to overcome strong or sudden cravings.

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  26. 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 speak with your physician if you have:
    • Sodium restricted diet.
    • Heart disease, recent heart attack or irregular heartbeat. Nicotine can increase your heart rate.
    • High blood pressure not controlled with medication. Nicotine can increase blood pressure.
    • Stomach ulcer or diabetes.

    Also, ask a doctor or pharmacist before use if you are:
    • Using a non-nicotine stop smoking drug.
    • Taking prescription medicine for depression or asthma. Your prescription dosage may need to be adjusted.


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  27. 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. 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 smoke in your lungs may affect how your body handles medications. Talk to your doctor about this, especially if you take prescription drugs for asthma or depression.

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  28. Can I drink alcohol if I am using Nicorette?
    You can safely drink in moderation. However, 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. To reduce the risk of a smoking relapse, you may want to avoid drinking alcohol if you associate it with smoking.

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  29. Should I use expired Nicorette?
    No, we cannot suggest that you use expired product since it may not be effective for you. We do not test expired product; therefore, we do not know what type of changes may have occurred in the product. We would suggest that you discard the expired Nicorette.

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  30. Is Nicorette gum more expensive than smoking?
    No. The total cost of Nicorette gum over a 12-week program is about the cost of a pack and a half a day smoking habit. But when you think of the long-term costs of smoking, not to mention the health problems of smoking, Nicorette gum is a short-term cost. To see how much you will save by not smoking, please view our savings calculator.

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  31. How will I feel when I stop smoking and 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 really helps reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms, which include things like cravings, mood changes, headaches, constipation, sleeplessness and drowsiness.

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  32. Will I gain weight if I quit smoking?
    When it comes to quitting smoking, weight gain is the #1 concern of women and the #2 concern of men. 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 burn off the extra calories. Drink lots of water. This is good for your body and skin, and also helps to reduce the amount you eat.

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  33. What if I slip up while I'm using Nicorette?
    No problem. Forgive yourself, discard your cigarette, and then get back on track. Try to recognize what made you slip and, this time, try harder to stay on track. If you feel like you're slipping and want some extra help to stop smoking, use our cool quitting tools to get over the temptation. Also, give some thought to joining Committed Quitters. Committed Quitters is a free custom-tailored plan to help you break your psychological addiction to smoking - while Nicorette fights the physical addiction. To get your plan, call toll free 1-800-770-0708 or enroll online at www.committedquitters.com.

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  34. 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. Quitting smoking is a process. Not a one-time event. In fact, most people try several times before they finally reap the benefits of quitting for good. Besides, 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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  35. If nicotine is the problem, why should I use a nicotine gum?
    Nicorette doesn't contain any of the other addictive substances and carcinogens (cancer-causing agents) that are found in cigarettes. This is why Nicorette is safe enough to be sold without a doctor's prescription, and why it's proven in helping millions of smokers quit safely. Nicorette gum gives you a reduced amount of nicotine to help calm your cravings and irritability so you can focus on the emotional aspects of your habit.

    While you will want to reduce and eventually stop your use of Nicorette, you should definitely follow the recommendation on the label to use at least nine pieces of gum per day in the first 6 weeks. You may experience craving and withdrawal if you don't use enough Nicorette.

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