Nicotine gum refers to the chewing gum that is designed for delivering nicotine in the body. It is used as a helpful aid in nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) that is intended for smoking cessation and quitting tobacco. In the process of delivering nicotine, it is absorbed into the blood stream from the mouth tissues. The nicotine gum is available over-the-counter in Europe, the US and other countries. It is available in individual foil packages. There are various flavours of Nicotine gum and the Nicotine content in the gum is comparable to nicotine content of 1 or 2 cigarettes. Some of the famous brands of nicotine comprises of Nicoderm, Nicorette and Nicotinell.

The nicotine Gum should be used for at least 15 minutes after eating or drinking as it ensures that it is properly absorbed in the system. The users can chew the gum till it gets soften and produces a tingling sensation. The gum can be tucked in between the cheek and gums. Once the tingling sensation is over, it can be chewed again till you get the tingling sensation back. Now you can again tuck it in a new location in your mouth. One needs to continue do these repeatedly till the nicotine gets absorbed into the bloodstream across the skin of the mouth. The ideal time for chewing the gum is usually about 30 minutes.

Nicotine Gums Recommended Dosage of Nicotine Gum is as follows:

Weeks 1-6 : 1 piece every 1 to 2 hours;

Weeks 7-9 : 1 piece every 2 to 4 hours;

Weeks 10-12 : 1 piece every 4 to 8 hours;

One should not take more than 24 pieces daily and it is not recommended for usage for more than 12 weeks. Pregnant women should neither smoke nor use NRT.

Some of the side effects of using the Nicotine Gum include hiccups and a perceived constriction of the throat muscles; Gum disease and various birth defects.