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Does nicotine gum help to quit smoking? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 01-Mar-2013
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User:Hi Doctor
User:my name is XXXXXXX
Doctor:welcome to XXXXXXX how can i help u today ?
User:just want to understand, for quiting smoking, do nicotine chews helps
Doctor:yes, they are very helpful for that matter
User:from where i can get them and what is the procedure of using them
Doctor:smoking is a way to get nicotine in the body
User:from where i can get them and what is the procedure of using them
Doctor:so, instead of smoking tobacco, the gum is a way to get nicotine in the body and this helps to relieve the addiction
Doctor:The gum is available at all pharmacies
Doctor:Nicorette Gum helps you to give up smoking by relieving the desire to smoke, as well as some of the unpleasant effects, which smokers experience when they stop smoking.
User:procedure of using them?
Doctor:may i know no of cigarettes you smoke per day ?
Doctor:In that case, I recommend you start with the 4 mg dosage
Doctor:To get the full effect from Nicorette Gum these steps should be followed carefully -
Doctor:Place one piece of Nicorette in your mouth and chew it slowly until you feel a slight tingling sensation
Doctor:When you feel the tingling (usually after about 10 chews), place the piece of gum under your tongue or between your cheek and gums until the tingling has gone. This will take about one minute.
Doctor:When the tingling has gone, continue to chew the gum slowly until the tingling returns. Then again place the gum under your tongue or between your cheek and gums.
Doctor:Chew each piece of Nicorette in this way until you no longer experience the tingling sensation. Each piece of Nicorette will usually last about 30 minutes.
Dispose of the chewed pieces of gum neatly, by placing it in the bubble pack.
Doctor:You need to use the gum for at least 3 months, and should stop smoking on, the day, you start using the gum
Doctor:smoking and using the gum , should not be done
Doctor:the gum is to replace the habit of smoking , and not a addition to smoking
User:What we mean by 4 mg dosage?
Doctor:Nicorette Gum is available in 2 milligram (mg) and 4 mg strengths.
Doctor:for you, use about 8 gums per day , each of 4 mg
User:i am a power lifter, i also take food supplements like creatine, protien and caffine.
User:along with my food
Doctor:that is fine
User:Trust Nicorette Gum does not have any reactions with them
Doctor:to quit smoking, you need to increase the duration of time, u use the gum
Doctor:reduce the no of gum used per day,
Doctor:after 4 weeks , change the gum to the 2 mg dosage, and continue the same procedure
Doctor:When you are only using 1 to 2 chewing gums each day, then you can stop the treatment.
User:other thann chewing gums, i think some tablets are also available
Doctor:but they are form of antidepresents, and are available only by prescription by a psychiatrist or your doctor
Doctor:the best way, is by using the gum, which is economical and very easy to use
Doctor:the other alternative is to use NICODERM SKIN PATCHS
Doctor:But they are costlier
User:dont mind, what are they
Doctor:Each morning a Nicorette 15 mg/16 hour Patch is applied to an intact area of skin.
Doctor:and , Patch the patch is removed before going to bed.
Doctor:the skin patch delivers nicotine into the body, via the skin
Doctor:its just like a slow release form of the drug
User:i things, gums are much easier to use
User:thanks doctor, i will start it from today
Doctor:but please remember to Quit smoking and then use the gum
Doctor:and not both together
Doctor:hope u have followed my instructions ,
User:Thanks once again, any other tip from your side
Doctor:in case of any doubt, you can consult with your doctor, who can clear any doubts
Doctor:You are very welcome
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