What Is the Best Way to Use Nicotine Gum?

Nicotine gum is medicine and should not be chewed the way you would chew a stick of spearmint. The gum should be at room temperature but it is good to warm the gum in your mouth for a minute before you start to chew. The gum should be chewed slowly until you taste a flavor or feel a “peppery” sensation. This may take 10 to 20 chews. Then, the gum should be moved to a place between the gums and cheek.

That “peppery” feeling will start to disappear. When that happens (a few minutes), the gum should be chewed slowly to release more nicotine (maybe 3 or 4 chews) and parked in the cheek. This should be repeated for about 30 minutes or until it loses its ability to cause that peppery sensation.

The fact that it might take just two or three chews every once in awhile is good. There are many social situations where chewing gum continuously would be awkward, and some people just do not like to chew gum. Nicotine gum can be used discreetly.

Remember, you can chew another piece of gum before an hour is up if needed, but never use more than 24 pieces in a day. Also, chew only one piece at a time and try not to park it near fillings or crowns—and park the gum in different spots. Sometimes, using the gum leads to increased sores in the mouth and moving it around may make that less likely.

Over time, you can taper your nicotine gum but it is always better to use a few pieces of gum than to go back to smoking—so do not feel the need to rush it.


This information is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to your doctor.  

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