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Quick summary

Type of medicine

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)

Works by

Providing Controlled Nicotine

Active Ingredient


Effective within




Side effects

Mouth/Throat Irritation, Hiccups, Increased Heart Rate, Nausea

Medication details


Nicorette gum contains nicotine to help with cravings while quitting smoking. The nicotine is absorbed through the lining of the mouth, providing relief from nicotine withdrawal symptoms in as little as 5 minutes. Nicorette's patented dual-coated technology provides a taste-free nicotine release, allowing smokers to quit without sacrificing flavor.


Using Nicorette Gum is straightforward and empowers you to regain control over your smoking habits:

- Choose an appropriate strength of Nicorette Gum based on your smoking pattern and level of nicotine dependence. The gum comes in various strengths.

- When you experience cravings, chew the gum slowly until you notice a peppery taste or tingling sensation.

- Once the taste or sensation is prominent, 'park' the gum between your cheek and gum, allowing it to rest.

- Once the tingling subsides, resume chewing the gum slowly.
Repeat the process until the craving diminishes or for about 30 minutes.


Nicorette Gum contains nicotine as its active ingredient. Unlike cigarettes, which contain numerous harmful chemicals, Nicorette Gum provides nicotine without the tar and carbon monoxide found in tobacco smoke. The gum comes in varying strengths, allowing you to gradually reduce nicotine intake over time.

Side Effects

Nicorette Gum is generally well-tolerated, but some individuals may experience side effects, including:

- Mouth or Throat Irritation: Chewing too fast or excessively may lead to mouth or throat irritation.

- Hiccups, Indigestion, or Coughing: These side effects are usually mild and temporary.

- Increased Heart Rate: Nicotine may cause a slight increase in heart rate.

- Nausea: Some users may experience mild nausea, which often improves with time.

If side effects are severe or persistent, consult a healthcare professional.


Before using Nicorette Gum, consider the following precautions:

- Consult a Healthcare Professional: If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have underlying medical conditions, consult a healthcare provider before using Nicorette Gum.

- Age Restrictions: Nicorette Gum is recommended for adults aged 18 years and older.

- Smoking Cessation Plan: Nicorette Gum is most effective when used as part of a comprehensive smoking cessation program, which may include behavioral counseling.

- Gradual Reduction: Over time, aim to reduce your use of Nicorette Gum to effectively manage nicotine cravings and withdrawal.

Medically reviewed and published

  • This page was medically reviewed by Dr Sohaib Imtiaz, Clinical Lead on Aug 24, 2023, 3:30 pm

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Please read our FAQs page to find out more.

Can I use Nicorette Gum if I've tried quitting before without success?

Absolutely. Nicorette Gum is designed to provide a controlled dose of nicotine, helping you manage cravings and gradually reduce your nicotine dependence, even if you've attempted quitting before.

How long should I use Nicorette Gum?

The duration of Nicorette Gum usage varies based on individual needs. A healthcare professional can guide you on creating a tailored plan for gradually reducing the use of the gum as you progress on your smoke-free journey.

Can I use Nicorette Gum with other nicotine replacement products?

Combining different nicotine replacement products is generally not recommended without consulting a healthcare professional. It's important to ensure that your nicotine intake remains safe and controlled.

Is Nicorette Gum safe for people with certain medical conditions?

While Nicorette Gum is generally safe for most individuals, those with certain medical conditions (such as heart problems, high blood pressure, or recent heart attack) should consult a healthcare provider before use. Your healthcare provider can help you make an informed decision based on your specific health status.

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