nicotine (oral/patches/nasal) (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using nicotine gum or lozenges?
Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use this medicine if you have:
Nicotine can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication if you are breast-feeding unless your doctor has told you to.
Smoking cigarettes during pregnancy can cause low birth weight, miscarriage, or stillbirth. Using a nicotine replacement product during pregnancy or while breast-feeding may be safer than smoking. However, you should try to stop smoking without using a nicotine replacement product if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Talk with your doctor about the best way for you to stop smoking.
Nicotine lozenges may contain phenylalanine. Tell your doctor if you have phenylketonuria (PKU).
How should I take nicotine gum or lozenges?
Nicotine gum or lozenges are only part of a complete program of treatment that may also include counseling, group support, and behavior changes. Your success will depend on your participation in all aspects of your smoking cessation program.
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
This medication comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Your dose will depend on how many cigarettes you smoked daily before quitting. Follow the guide in the patient instructions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
To use nicotine gum:
To use nicotine lozenges:
Do not eat or drink anything within 15 minutes before using the gum or lozenge or while the medicine is in your mouth.
Do not use nicotine gum or lozenges for longer than 12 weeks without the advice of your doctor.
Do not use more than one lozenge or piece of gum at a time. Do not use the gum and lozenges together at the same time.
After removing the gum or lozenge, wrap it in paper and throw it away in a place where children and pets cannot reach it.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
Keep both used and unused gum and lozenges out of the reach of children or pets.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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