- NICORETTE to stop smoking
- You can stop smoking with help from Nicorette.
- Marketing authorization holder: Pharmacia &
Why is it so hard to stop smoking?
Smoking is a learned habit that also involves addiction to nicotine. It is an extremely
difficult habit to unlearn. You need to be prepared to put a lot of time and effort into
learning new habits if you want to be a successful non-smoker.
Cigarettes are most addictive when they are used to relieve stress. Among all smokers, the
smokers that have the most trouble giving up are people who smoke to relieve stress. If
you are one of these smokers, it is a good idea to consult your doctor about other ways to
relieve and reduce stress. You will need to use these other ways to reduce stress when you
are giving up smoking.
Only you can give up smoking. Your willpower will determine your success. But this product
can help you. The drug comes in gum and patches designed to help you stop smoking. This
product is most effective when used together with smoking cessation counselling. It has
been shown to double the effectiveness of such counselling programmes.
This is chewing gum containing a nicotine resin. It can help smokers to give up smoking.
Chewing Gum reduces the unpleasant effects of nicotine withdrawal normally experienced
when you stop smoking cigarettes.
It does not give as much satisfaction as a cigarette, so once you have broken the smoking
habit, it is usually not difficult to stop chewing. It comes in two strengths - 2
milligrams and 4 milligrams of nicotine resin per chewing gum square, and two flavours,
regular or mint. There are two sizes, either 30 or 105 pieces of gum per box.
How do I use Gum?
The strength of the chewing pieces you should use depends upon your own individual needs.
It is however recommended that you begin treatment with the 2 mg strength. If you find
yourself using more than 15 pieces of the 2mg strength each day, you may wish to transfer
to the 4mg strength.
One fresh piece of product should be chewed slowly each time you feel the urge to smoke a
cigarette. The gum has a peppery or mint flavour that should not be unpleasant to smokers.
You should chew each piece slowly for 30 minutes to release all the nicotine from the gum.
Nicotine gets into your body straight through the lining of the mouth when you chew the
piece of Nicorette. Swallowed nicotine is destroyed in the stomach and wasted.
Because of its nicotine content, if you chew the product too quickly you may get effects
similar to those produced by smoking too much, such as nausea or throat irritation. If you
carefully follow the instructions given below for the first day or two, you will train
yourself to chew at the correct rate. This should provide the best supply of nicotine and
avoid the effects of chewing too quickly. It may take a few days to get used to the taste,
When you have completely overcome your desire for smoking, gradually reduce the number of
pieces chewed per day. Do not attempt to stop using product completely until you are
satisfied with one or two pieces a day. It is recommended that the product is used for a
period of three months before this gradual reduction is started.
It is during this three month period that risk of failure is greatest. Remember to carry
some Nicorette with you, even after you have stopped chewing completely, in case you feel
the sudden urge to smoke again. Do not forget that one cigarette is enough to start you on
the smoking habit again.
- REGULAR GUM 2mg
- MINT GUM 2mg
- MINT GUM 4mg
- Nicorette Inhaler 10mg
What does the product contain?
This product contains 10 mg nicotine (approx. 4 mg available), menthol and a porous
polyethylene plug. The plug is packed in a tube. The tube is sealed with aluminium foil in
both ends. Prior to use the tube is inserted into a mouthpiece and the seal is broken.
- Package sizes:
Starter pack: 6 units in blister tray + mouthpiece + insert + plastic holder for
mouthpiece and blister tray
Refill packs: 18 units in blister trays + mouthpiece + insert, 42 units in
blister trays + mouthpiece + insert
- What is the drug used for?
The nicotine is used for the relieif of withdrawal symptoms when you stop smoking and
prevents relapse to smoking.
How does the product work?
When you stop adding nicotine to your body you will get different kinds of
uneasiness, so called abstinence symptoms by continuing to use a small amount of nicotine
during a short period. Inhaler consists of a plastic tube with a plug loaded with nicotine
and menthold as a flavour. The tube is inserted in a mouthpiece prior to use. Nicotine is
vaporized and absorbed in the mouth when air is drawn through the Inhaler. Unlike
cigarettes this product does not contain harmful tar and carbon monoxide.
- When should the drug not be used? Hypersensitivity
to nicotine or menthol.
How do this product Work?
This transdermal patches contain a nicotine gel which is slowly absorbed through the skin
into the bloodstream. They are the only nicotine patches developed exclusively for use
while you are awake.
They can help smokers to give up smoking. Patches reduce the unpleasant effects of
nicotine withdrawal normally experienced when you stop smoking cigarettes.
Using a Patch does not give as much satisfaction as a cigarette, so once you have broken
the smoking habit, it is usually not difficult to stop using the Patches.
In the morning when you get up, you apply the patch to your skin, usually on the hip, the
upper arm, or the chest.
Over a 16-hour period, the patch will gradually release a total dose of 15mg of nicotine
which is absorbed through the skin, into the bloodstream. You remove the patch before you
go to bed, and this will help the body to rest at night.
The product come in three strengths -- 15 milligrams, 10 milligrams and 5 milligrams
of nicotine per patch for slow release into your body over a 16 hour period.
If a patch comes loose and falls off, immediately apply a
new patch in a different place and let it remain in place until bedtime. How do I phase
out my use of Patches? After completing treatment with one 15mg patch each day for 3
months, you phase out your nicotine dependency in two stages. First, use the smaller
10mg/16 hour patch for 2-3 weeks, and then the smallest 5mg/16 hour patch for 2-3
Is Nicorette safe?
Gum and Patches in the doses recommended have not been found to produce any serious
adverse effects in healthy people.
Who should not use this product ?
The drug should not be given to children -- it must be kept out of their reach. Those with
gastritis, peptic ulcer, angina or who have had coronary heart disease should discuss this
with their doctor before using this product. All forms of nicotine should be avoided in
pregnancy, as smoking should be.
Are there any side effects of using Gum? Nicotine from the Gum can
occasionally cause slight irritation of the throat at the start of the treatment, and may
also cause increased salivation. Excessive swallowing of nicotine containing saliva may
cause hiccuping. Those with a tendency to indigestion may suffer initially from mild
indigestion or heartburn, especially if the 4 mg Gum is used. Slower chewing and the use
of 2 mg Gum (if necessary more frequently) will usually help overcome problems such as
throat irritation or hiccups. People who wear dentures may find it difficult to chew
Are there any side effects of using Patches?
You may experience reddening and itching of the skin where the patch sits. This is usually
slight and readily disappears. Swapping the place where you apply the patch each day is
the best way to avoid this. If reddening persists, contact your doctor. If you continue to
smoke while using your nicotine patches, the level of nicotine may be so high that you
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