Chewing on Nicotine

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Nicotine gum is a chewing gum infused with nicotine and used by smokers and tobacco users to quit the habit. Nicotine is absorbed by the tissues of the mouth and delivered to the bloodstream.

Each gum holds two or four milligrams of nicotine. Cigarettes contain around two milligrams of nicotine; so users can roughly substitute each cigarette with a nicotine gum. Heavy smokers will need to go for the four milligram gum. The user can gauge for himself how much of nicotine gum he needs to chew.

How to use nicotine gum:

Nicotine gum is not to be chewed on continuously like normal gum. You have to chew it until you notice a distinct peppery taste. This is when the nicotine is released from it. You then have to park it between your cheek and gums. When the taste goes away, you have to chew again for a few seconds to further extract the nicotine from it. Park the gum in different areas of the mouth every time. Each nicotine gum can be chewed for around half an hour before the nicotine is completely drawn out.

Nicotine gum can be chewed every hour or every two hours depending on each one's need, but make sure not to exceed 24 gums a day. Gradually you will need lesser doses as your addiction comes down.

Benefits:

Since a steady amount of nicotine is absorbed into the bloodstream, users can control cravings better. Giving up smoking becomes much easier by chewing on nicotine gum and withdrawal symptoms can be easily brought under control.

Choosing nicotine gum over cigarettes has several benefits. Users can avoid the harmful toxins and gases found in cigarettes. Nicotine gum does not contain the agents that cause cancer.

Side effects:

Hiccups, headaches and soreness are common side effects that should subside in a few days. If you happen to swallow saliva containing high amount of nicotine, the throat muscles may constrict. Long term use of nicotine gum could also lead to gum disease, although not proven. In any case if you are using nicotine gum for over six months it is good to see a doctor.

Brands:

Nicorette, Habitrol, Thrive, Equate and Rite Aid are some of the popular brands available. They can be bought without a prescription over the counter or online.

Warnings:

* Do not use nicotine gum if you are under 18 years of age.
* Abstain from smoking when you are on the nicotine gum as too much of nicotine in the blood can have serious repercussions.
* Do not use nicotine gum if you suffer from high blood pressure, heart disease or have recently suffered a stroke.