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Questions About Niquitin Mint Gum 

What strength NiQuitin (nicotine) Gum should I use? 

If you have your first cigarette within 30 minutes of waking up, you should use the NiQuitin 4mg Mint Gum. If you start smoking more than 30 minutes after waking up, use the NiQuitin 2mg Mint Gum. For up to three months after you stop smoking, chew one piece of NiQuitin (nicotine) Gum when you have the urge to smoke, to a total of between 8 to 12 pieces a day. Gradually reduce your use of gum to just one or two pieces a day until you are nicotine free. If you are aged 12-17 years old, you should only use the gum for 3 months in total.

Can I eat or drink while chewing therapeutic NiQuitin (nicotine) Gum?

No. Food and drink may interfere with the nicotine absorption from the gum in your mouth, we recommended you avoid them whilst chewing gum.

Can I drink alcohol while I’m on a treatment course of NiQuitin Gum?

Yes, you can, but you should avoid both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks whilst actually chewing. Also, to cut the risk of a relapse, avoid drinking alcohol if you associate it with smoking.

What should I do if I smoke whilst on a treatment course of NiQuitin Gum?

If you just smoked a couple but want to continue your quit attempt then you can. If you’ve gone back to smoking then set a new quit date and try again when you’re ready. Or, if you feel that giving up straightaway is too big a step, you can use the gum to help you cut down the number of cigarettes you smoke as a first step before stopping completely.

Can I chew more than one piece of NiQuitin (nicotine) Gum at any one time?

No. Each piece of gum gives you the right amount of nicotine to tackle your cravings and withdrawal symptoms while the step-down programme slowly weans you off nicotine until you don’t need it anymore. To start with chew 8-12 pieces a day (maximum 15) for up to 3 months. Gradually reduce the number of pieces you use per day until you don’t need it anymore.

What if I use too much NiQuitin (nicotine) Gum?

It’s very unlikely that you’ll overdose, because generally you get less nicotine from gum than when you were smoking. If you do use too many, the effects would be similar to suddenly smoking more cigarettes than you’re used to. If you did, you may start to feel sick, dizzy and unwell. Stop using the NiQuitin (nicotine) Gum and get immediate medical advice from a doctor or hospital casualty department. If possible, show them the packet or the leaflet within it.

What happens if a child ingests NiQuitin (nicotine) Gum?

Even small quantities of nicotine may be dangerous to a child and could even prove fatal. If you suspect nicotine poisoning in a child, contact your doctor or local hospital immediately. If possible, take the product packaging with you. Be sure to keep NiQuitin (nicotine) Gum and any other quit smoking aids safely out of the reach and sight of children.

Signs and symptoms of an overdose would be headache, sickness, stomach pains and diarrhoea. If a child has used or eaten any of the gum, contact your doctor or nearest hospital casualty department immediately. If possible show them the NiQuitin packet or the leaflet within it.

Can people who smoke roll-ups use NiQuitin Gum?

Yes. As with manufactured cigarettes, you can determine what strength NiQuitin (nicotine) Gum you should use by how long it is before you smoke your first cigarette of the day. If you have one within 30 minutes of waking up, use the 4mg gum. If it is later than 30 minutes after you wake up, use the lower strength 2mg gum. If you think you can stop smoking straightaway then you should. However, if you feel this is too big a step, then you may wish to try cutting down the amount of roll-ups you smoke as a first step before stopping completely.

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