Nicotine Gum Side Effects: Stories From Long Term Users

Most medicines cause side effects, but the hope is that the medicine will give you more positive relief from your problem than side effects. Unfortunately, after reading a lot of personal stories and research studies, we don’t think this is the case when it comes to nicotine gum.

There have been many reports of side effects, both short and long term, by nicotine gum users. They range from the bizarre (crazy dreams) to the very scary (hair loss, stomach ulcers). We’ve collected some information on some of the reported side effects of chewing nicotine gum.

Recommended: Cheaper and Healthier Alternative

We have many readers who are looking to get a new alternative to nicotine gum. The simple fact of the matter is that nicotine gum has plenty of negative side effects to using it (don’t believe us? Read more below…).

If you’re looking for more information on the side effects of nicotine gum, then read on!

Nausea and nightmares

nicotine-gum-dreamsNicotine gum has been said to have caused nausea and uncomfortable stomach pains. ‘I actually smoked when I used the gum. A lot of the time I felt the need to throw up’ a 25 year old entrepeneur claims. One of the main problems with the nicotine gum, he argues, is that there is far too much nicotine within it. This sends the body into shock and causes nausea. This is the body’s response when there are toxins in your bloodsteam – you get a similar reaction if you drink too much alcohol.

The worse complaint I hear is people experiencing nightmares or strange dreams’. Says a male entrepeneur. He adds that he suffered from such problems himself whilst on the nicotine gum and this made it very difficult to sleep. Sleep deprivation can also cause a multitude of health problems in the future.

Addiction and long term use

The issue with nicotine is that it is incredibly addictive, and though supermarkets leave a warning on the product to not use for more than 12 weeks, some people become dependent on them for years. ‘I also personally know people who have used them [nicotine gum] for years and have experienced stomach problems, high blood pressure, borderline glaucoma and hair loss’ says a 67 year old wife and mother. All these complications disappeared when they stopped using the gum.

She had been smoking for over thirty years and only managed to quit with the help of the nicotine patch and nicotine gum. ‘I have now been smoke free for a decade, but not gum free. It took me years more to get over that addiction, and my experience is far from unique.’

Her personal struggle with fighting the addiction of the nicotine gum made it very difficult for her to come off of the nicotine replacement therapy. Compared to the nicotine patch (which we do recommend), the nicotine gum seemed to take a much larger toll on her health:

I threw out all my cigarettes one night and slapped the patch on. After four weeks on the patch, I decided to use nicotine gum instead, figuring that I would taper off even more on the gum till I was using no nicotine replacement at all.

It didn’t happen. Like any addict, I stopped counting how many pieces of gum I chewed. I kept buying my supply and ignoring the fact that it was taking more and more of the substance to satisfy me. I got so bad that I liked the taste and looked forward to my lozenges the way I had once enjoyed cigarettes. I told myself that it was OK to keep using my lozenges and gum because at least I wasn’t smoking.’

Various Other Health Problems

Nicotine gum also causes various other health issues that develop after long term use. ‘I’ve been on the gum for about three years, after quitting smoking 20 years ago. My left eye has gotten worse and worse in the last few years and has resulted in my getting glasses and I’ve had four teeth pulled. I use up to 20 pieces of gum per day.’ says a 44 year old musician. These health problems may not be connected to the gum, though most seem to appear once the gum is used as a long term therapy.

Chewing nicotine gum can also cause complications on your skin and make it very uncomfortable and unattractive. A 58 year old software engineer claims that a year ago he quit smoking and relied upon nicotine gum instead: ‘My face had become horribly dry during the last year. At various times I would get pimples on my face which would leave scars – I now have 11. I now have reddish skin with white dots upon the rash.’ After visiting three different dermatologists, they could not determine what was causing such an outbreak.

Wrapping Up

Nicotine gum may seem like an easy and simple way of quitting smoking, and it’s definitely the most popular “nicotine replacement” product on the market. But we urge you to look at the side effects and horror stories and think before trying the gum. but there are other options that you can use which are arguably healthier. We particularly like nicotine patches and electronic cigarettes because of their lack of side effects and promising potential.

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  1. I quit smoking about 50 days ago. I was very sick and decided that it was a good time as I had an infection in my lungs. I have been using the combination Patch and Gum Therapy. Two weeks ago I started getting pimples on my face. Giant ones at times that never came to a head, but just stayed under the skin. Tiny ones that would not be there in the morning, but sneak up by afternoon. I was using thenStep 1 patch and the 4 mg gum. Today I stepped down to the 14 mg patch, and got my vapor cig out. I still chew gum, but not nearly as often, and I think I will step down to the 2 mg gum tomorrow. I can’t stand these Break out. i can’t even remember the last time I broke out, and never since puberty, have I broken out this bad. I see a Dermatologist this next Friday. She is also an MD, so maybe she will have some answers for me, but I really think it’s the gum.

    • Cindy F. I believe the problems you are experiencing are from using the E Cig, patch, and gum. These treatments are not supposed to be combined, as you are supposed to choose one and stick with it!

    • I have been chewing the gum on and off for over 10 years. I have been able to quit the gum every few years, but I always seem to get back on it. The last time I quit was in 2011, for 6 months.

      But I’ve been on it ever since thin.

      I have a developed a painful solar keratosis (sunspot) on my nose that I am going to need treatment for because it might turn into skin cancer. However, last week I was able to go two entire days without nicotine and the pain completely stopped and the redness and roughness of the sunspot started to diminish almost instantly.

      but then I had to get a a box of nicotines lozenge because I was so irritated that I yelled at my wife and kids. And the patch of rough skin is itchy and tender once more.

      I’m scheduling a 4 day vacation starting next week and renting a cabin by myself in the mountains, where I hope to get off nicotine for good this time. I just can’t be around other people because the withdrawal symptoms make me a real jerk. I also hope that my skin calms down without the nicotine constantly in my system.

  2. I quit chewing tobacco June 25th after chewing for 30 years. I started with Nicorette gum 4mg, then switched to 2mg, I still chew the 2mg gum to this day. I recently had a siezure and I can’t help but to think that maybe Nicorette had something to do with this! I’ve been through several test and nothing has come up as a problem or a reason for the siezure. I’m searching for some answers and wondering if anyone else has had these issues with Nicorette?



    • I’ve used the gum and in literally ONLY TEN DAYS OF USE!! Im noticing my lower bottom lip is out of shape on the side I chew the gum and I already have a white sore on the side of my mouth. Believe it. I sent a picture to my mother. It is significantly sagging and thin on the right bottom lip especially when I smile.
      LOOK UP WHAT YOU ARE PUTTING INTO YOUR BODY!!! Even WIKI ! It says clearly nicotine gum is Nicotine has been CORRELATED IN VITRO WITH INCREASED EXPRESSION OF A GENE ASSOCIATED WITH ORAL CANCER;[7] the researchers say their work “raises the possibility that nicotine could potentially increase the risk of mouth cancer. W

    • Kurt,
      I’ve been a gum chewer for about 5 years now! Recently I’ve been having night seizures. What I mean by that is if I sleep on my back I will all of a sudden notice a sigh developing, and lately it comes out as a snore, but really not quite like a snore, more like a mini-seizure. I’m not liking what it feels like, since I haven’t had this problem before. Time to quit. And maybe go back to where I was before I started chewing. Just have a little smoke every now and then. I was down to about one cig a day, and didn’t like the taste in my mouth. But I’m sure now that the poison in Nicorette is probably even worse.


      • Kenneth, what you are experiencing sounds more like sleep apnea, you should check with your doctor. I have been using the gum on and off for about 8 years now I have tried Just having a smoke once in a while, but end up smoking again, all it takes for me is 1 cig. I have smoked for 50 years and now have copd, still doesn’t stop me, I hate the addiction!

  3. Quit smoking after 30 plus years 2 1/2 years ago and started on the Nicotine 4mg lozenges. After 2 years I switched to the 2mg. I have always had very think hair but over the last couple of months my hair is getting thinner and thinner. I KNOW its from the lozenges. My periodontal disease is not getting better despite regular cleanings, Sonicare tooth brush, RX toothpaste, mouth wash etc. and I KNOW that is from the lozenges as well. Other side effects are brittle nails, blurred vision, chest pains and migraines. I don’t know if its the nicotine (I didn’t have these problems when I smoked) or the aspartame in them. All I know is all the symptoms came on after I started the lozenges. I just don’t know how or when I will get off these things!!!!

  4. Ive been on nicotine replacements lozengers for at least 4yrs. Recently ive noticed a burning sensation, muscle pain and ? Detached bicept as muscle change shape. And was wondering if the lozengers are to blame.

    • Detached bicept – High doses of nicotine has been definitely link to torn upper and lower bicep tendons – it dries out your tendons- Pus your hair will fall out – your teeth will slowly dissolve and your heart will constantly hurt because of extremely high blood pressure.

      Also you will have numb hand and feet when you wake up in the morning.

      This stuff is poison ! It is healthier to smoke a pack of cigarettes a day !

      It is a lot healthier !

      A regular pack of cigarettes contains around 15 mg of nicotine and when you inhale your lungs can only absorb around 10 to 15 percent of the nicotine. So when you smoke one pack cigarettes you are only absorbing around 2 mg of nicotine for the whole day. Now the problem with the gum and lozenges is that you are being told it is alright to overdose on nicotine for 12 weeks. For example, one piece of gum contains 2 mg. of nicotine which is equal to a whole pack of cigarettes. So what happens when you eat the maximum recommended dosage of 20 – 2 mg lozenges or pieces of gum a day? What happens is that you are now absorbing a total 40 mg of nicotine a day. That is equal to 20 packs of cigarettes a day! Then if you eat the 4 mg gum that is equal to 40 packs of cigarettes a day! 40 packs of cigarettes a day! 40 packs of cigarettes !!!

  5. I quit smoking by using nicorette gums. 10 years later I’m still chewing, 2mg, on average 7 pieces a day. I’ve experienced episodes of dizzyness.
    I suffered with Anxioty for nearly two years now.
    The last 2 years my skin has broken out with eczema patches. I’ve never had skin conditions before!
    And the last two days I’ve had this burning sensation on my tongue and pallet. Makes me wonder if this is all down to chewing gum. I’m hoping this will make myself wean off them for good.

    • I started using the gum 18 months in an effort to quit chewing tobacco. About 12 weeks ago I started feeling dizzy and 4 weeks ago started with anxiety, once the anxiety started I quit using the gum, the anxiety and dizziness are still present. I have had MRI’s, CT scans, EKG’s, complete blood work, along with several other tests. Everything has come back normal, don’t know what else to do, hope the symptoms end soon

      • I am having the same exact symptoms had all test come back normal..I’m on 4mg lozgenges I always break them in half and also fall asleep with them..I’m starting to wonder if these r my problems..I’ve had bad anxiety and depression from the way my body chest..feels so tight and hurts..the dr. Is saying fibermyagia

        • I went cold turkey on May 26th. Over 4 weeks now. The first 3 days I was a terror. The first two weeks I felt like some part of my life was missing, a bit empty, and indeed I’d stopped chewing the gum which had been a constant part of my daily life. The third week I felt depressed and tempted to go back, but didn’t. Week 4+ now and have cravings, but not interested in entertaining them. I’m not interested in being a slave again. Still having mood swings that I would normally treat with Nicotine, but realizing more how my poor diet, lack of physical exercise, poor discipline, and lack of real vision for my life are more to blame than anything. So I’m working on that stuff now. It’s better to be free and struggle with life then be a slave and ignorant in what feels like bliss for awhile, but ends up in something terrible. Hope my story helps.

          • What a great testimony, GC. Your story helped me. I stopped smoking in 1991. Nicotine gum came out in the late ’90’s, as far as I knew. I was an RN in a big HMO when I heard that Nicotine gum could be purchased with a prescription. Even though I had quit smoking in 1991, I started chewing Nicorettes by prescription and kept on for 20 years!!! TALK ABOUT AN ADDICTIVE PERSONALITY!!
            To my horror and disbelief, last week when I was having my teeth cleaned, my dentist said I have white lesions inside my cheeks that look precancerous-he couldn’t guarantee there were no cancer cells. I’m devastated. I have many health problems already (maybe unknown to me because of nicotine), but oral cancer???? I had NO IDEA nicotine gum could cause that!! If I have oral cancer and need a mutilating surgery, I give up.

          • Phew! interesting reading every ones comments.

            Thank you I have taken on board what you have said I know I too have to stop this distructlon to my body,

            So wicked something was supposedly designed to help should have such an effect on people’s lives.

            I may post my story at a later date I just heeded to make the first step in dealing with what I now know is my addiction ?


          • After reading your story and posting ac reply, I have taken all my lozenges and dissolved them in hot water so I can’t use them.

            Let’s all stop this madness! why did we want to stop smoking in the first place, that wasn’t doing us any good and these have certainly not been good for me it’s obviously why I feel so bad, here goes the break to my addiction.

  6. Hi !
    I’m french and I am a big addict of gums, eating more than 60 gums a day and for more than 10 years !
    I’ve tried a lot of things to heal me: acupuncture, patches, going to an hospital for addiction.
    Nothing works! Today, I don’t know what can I do.
    By chance, I’ve any side effects according to me 🙂 ( fingers crossed)
    So, if you have good ideas, tips, or even addresses, contacts, etc. I’m interested.
    Sorry for my poor english.

    kind regards,

    • Try the patch, starting with step 1 for 3 or 4 weeks, then step 2 and step 3 for the same periods of time. I stopped smoking 20 years ago using the patch. About 10 years ago, I smoked at a party and kept smoking for 6 months. I stopped by using the gum, but like you, I chew a lot, about 40 pieces a day. I plan to stop using the patch when my gum supply runs out (I have about 800 pieces as I buy in bulk at Sams). This has to work because I just cannot financially afford to go on chewing the gum and my blood pressure is a bit high

      • No offense but you shouldn’t be giving advice considering you haven’t succeeded. Might even be harmful advice as other comments here will attest.

    • I’m not sure if you are a person of faith but prayer definitely works. I’ve been smoking for 22 years and I just decided that I need to quit if I want to meet my grandchildren. I’ve been chewing gum for 2 weeks and the desire for cigarettes is getting better each day. The weekends are hard because that is when I usually smoked the most (I don’t smoke at work during the week) but through prayer and a few pieces of gum a day, I’m making it. And I have NO will power. I will put you on my prayer list. Trust Him and he will heal you from this addiction. I hope I become healed eventually.

      Also, just try to go 2 weeks and see how you feel. Then go another and then another. That’s my plan. I’ve talked to people that have quit and they say altough the urges never go away completely, its quite easy after 3 or 4 weeks.

      Good luck.

      • Brent,
        I’ve been on the gum for 5yrs. The last 9 months I have been having horrible break outs on my arms, hands, back and fingers. They look like blisters. Pretty sure it’s the gum…I’ve been Praying to God to help me get off the gum. I wish I could send pictures of my breakout. I need prayers please and thank you. Thanks to everyone for sharing their stories.

      • thank you for your faith in the help that come from Jesus thru prayer. I quit smoking when I was 30 and for 18 years I never had a desire to have another smoke it was so hard to quit I told myself that there was never a reason to have another smoke. But I had a divorce and during my depression i started smoking again. I stopped smoking by chewing tobaco after chewing for three years I started having problems with pain in my mouth and throat. I started chewing nicoret gum to be free from chewing and finaly was free from tobaco but became addicted to the gum one day I ran out of gum and borrowed a smoke from one of my employees that started my old habit alll over again then I started smoking chewing tobaco and chewing gum what a terrible addiction. my wife smokes so in the morning with coffee we visit while we smoke and have our coffee. after my wife leaves for work I start cheing my gum and don’t smoke the rest of the day. But I never stop chewing all day until I go to bed I never stop chewing the gum. I can see my nose and cheeks are red from the nicotine affecting me. also I have gained weight and cant seem to loose any weight I think the sugar in the gum is effecting my weight. I am 5 ft 6 inches tall and weigh 205 lbs I should weigh at most 180 lbs 25 lbs overweight.

  7. Hi !
    I’m french and I am a big addict of gums, eating more than 60 gums a day and for more than 10 years !
    I’ve tried a lot of things to heal me: acupuncture, patches, going to an hospital for addiction.
    Nothing works! Today, I don’t know what to do.
    By chance, I’ve any side effects according to me 🙂 ( fingers crossed)
    So, if you have good ideas, tips, or even addresses, contacts, etc. I’m interested.
    Sorry for my poor english.

    kind regards,

    • Hi Francis

      i to have been addicted to nicotine gum for 12+ years chewing around 24 pieces a day and your right nothing works i have spent thousands of dollars on dental work and i have been taking medication for hypertension and anxiety for the last 6 years


  8. I’m 71 & been on approx 10x 2mg pieces of nicotine gum for at least 15 years now but haven’t noticed any side effects during that time..

    • Hi Grump!

      I’m happy to hear you don’t suffer from side affects from the nicotine gum. I was wondering which flavour you use…does it have a hard coating? It might be possible that the coatings or “whitening” ingredients are causing the bad affects on so many people, myself included.

      Stay Smoke-free!


      • Hello i have been on gum for several years i gave them up for the last two month’s ifelt terrible and have put on so much weight nothing i eat has satisfied me. My clothes are too tight i hate myself and sad to say tonight i have gone back on the gum. I certainly didn’t see any improvement in my vision hair or skin when I was off the gum. Can anyone help me what is worse eating everything in sight or chewing nicotine gum.

  9. Does any one out there feel anxious or paranoid on lozenges Im snappy and irritable and constantly having too make sure I have a steady supply. Gave up ciggies two years sgo feel worse mentally and getting dizzy spells?

  10. I am grateful that Nicolette helped me to kick a25 a day b&h habit. But I do not know if chewing nicotine gum is good for you. All I know though is that it is much better than smoking But you are better off coming off the gum also.

  11. I quit smoking about 3 years ago, and I have been chewing the gum ever since. I had chronic gastroenteritis before I started chewing the gum, but it has made it worse. As of today, I chewed my last piece. I am tired of feeling a pain in my stomach, and I am tired of feeling yucky from the nicotine. Wish me luck! I am determined NOT to ever chew another piece again. I’d rather spend my money on shoes!

    • Good for you! Be strong and ask God to give you strength!
      My husband chewed it too long & I believe it gave him cancer that finally took his life!
      Love yourself and you will conquer this toxic substance….

      • I’m addicted to Nicorette gum..did you say your husband chewed it too long and got cancer and it took his life? In asking because I’m trying to find out how dangerous it is. Any information you can give me would be greatly appreciated. I have been chewing it for 8 years now and need all the help I can get to quit. I’m desperate.

      • Anntonya, last week my dentist said I have white patches in my inner cheeks that reminded him of what people who chew tobacco get!!! I’ve been chewing nicotine gum for almost 20 YEARS. I started in 1996 after quitting smoking in 1991!!! How stupid is THAT?? My dentist said these lesions are at the minimum precancerous. I couldn’t believe it, as I had read that nicotine gum doesn’t cause any side effects! I found this site and realize I’ve been STUPID, AND LIED TO!!
        Did your husband have oral cancer? I will not be able to handle or cope with THAT and the disfiguring surgery I may have to have. I have many major health problems now, and since reading this site, I realize my nicotine addiction may have contributed to my horrible health status. I will give up if I have oral cancer.

  12. I too have been on the stuff for about 10 years at around 10 pieces a day. I am in excellent shape, I excercise & have an excellent diet.
    I recently fell seriously ill with a infection in my jaw that proved to be almost fatal as it was making its way up my jaw & into my optic nerve. The infection present for more than 2 years being exacerbated by chewing nicotine gum all day. I have had two very invasive operations to remove this infected tissue & 2 teeth. This Heath issue most likely was the result of chewing this gum all day for years. Apart from the fact that I have the bone density in my jaw of a 90 year old man now. I have spent well over $30,000 in surgery & hospital costs so far.
    If you can’t get of this stuff after 3 to 6 months, switch over to the patches & try them.

    • I’m sorry to hear about your jaw. Hope your better. I am responding to your entry cause I have been having trouble with my jaw ear and neck, on the side I chew gum and use loz. I had a sinus infection and it took 3 antibiotics and prednisone to get rid of. I asked my dr if infection could have gone to neck gland and ear. He thought TMJ. I’m convinced its the damn gum. I have had other side effects as others have mentioned. The gum has cause GI issues and hot flashes. Yes I said hot flashes. I am in those years of my life and quit smoking in the first place due to sinus infections and Hot flashes. Its Hell. Well yesterday was my last day of nicotine anything. I had it with jaw and neck pain sick stomach and hot flashes. Its a bit of a struggle, but havent had a hot flash. Nightmares now.

  13. I quit smoking a total of 3 times. In between the times I quit I rotated between the patches and the gum, neither felt addictive when I used previously. My final endeavor with smoking was in 2013, I used cinnamon burst 4mg my absolute favorite, but when you taper to 2mg its harder to find cinnamon, fruit chill was next best. I used the gum so consistent and didnt realize I was even addicted. I lost my job and realized I was spending my last money to buy nicotine gum…However I continued to chew because I thought I had a stressful life, my ex boyfriend, would throw my gum out and urge me not to chew. But its sooo good. I like the crunch and kick of the gum and when you park it between your cheeks the flavor just sits there. It has become a security blanket and I have most recently noted that im parking it at night to sleep. I had a nice collection behind my bed too. I dont have any stomach symptoms you guys are talking about, but I have noticed a slight raise in my BP , and some times toothache. when I cant have any I get nervous that I wont be able to make it through the day. More recently Ive had reoccuring burst blood vessels in my eye. I want too aattribute this to the gum because i can understand maybe 1every now and then but 1 burst vessel every month. For the last 3 months??? I use no other medication, i workout on a regular basis.Im 31 i drink lightly and have no other risk factors other than. After reading what you guys wrote I MUST quit. I dont want anymore bloodvessels bursting in my eye, toothache, or anxiety. Good luck to you all (Glad to know Im not the only one.)

    • You must be my sister. Exact situation, but do not leave in my mouth at nite. Fear of choking. Any way I like fruit chill too 4mg. 10 plus years. Only side effect mild anxiety. I do not want to need it. Just tapered down to 2mg. Just want the good taste in my mouth like a pacifier. Trying targets up & up brand. Much cheaper. Trying to do 6 pieces a day verses 10, this is going to be a process to get off gum.

  14. Thanks Holli:

    I am sure you are probably right. I am going to give my gum to Jesus and go get a patch.
    It is really easy to overdue the gum. I do believe that the effects of the drug itself can be helpful with focus. But the gum is about to help me focus myself into a heart attack or stroke.
    It does help a turkey neck though so along with the patch I will get some teeth whitening gum and keep chewing. Jesus will understand all that. Me and Jesus got an understanding. I appreciate your comment Holli. The 12 step programs help a ton of addicted souls and it all starts with surrendering your addiction to your higher power. I can’t do this on my own.. God can…
    I believe I will let Him.


  15. Hi,
    I am off the gum (for now) for almost 6 months! My serum potassium on a routine blood draw came back high at 5.4. A repeat came back at 5.5. I stopped the gum and repeated it – normal potassium (3.2).
    I am a healthcare professional and for the life of me can’t figure out what is going on there, but I am almost positive something is.
    Anyway, after a total of ~15 years chewing the gum (on and off, quit for both pregnancies, etc) I believe I may finally be done. Oh…but I miss it.
    Here’s a tip- yum yum gum makes a sugar free clove gum. It’s a poor substitute for nicotine gum but the best I can find. Good luck everyone!

    • I have been using nicorette gum on and off for around 2 years, Knowing how addictive it is I have only used it for short periods, also because of the effects it has had on me with even limited use compared to other people. I have never had any dental problems but while using the gum I have had 2 teeth split in half. I have had palpitations, skipped beats, and my blood pressure is now very high. I recently had a blood test for this and trying to stop smoking, I had a piece of gum half an hour or so before the test. I was called early the next morning to go straight to the hospital as my potassium levels at the time of the test were dangerously high reading 6.5. When my bloods were retested at the hospital, some 24 hours later, I had not used any gum and my potassium levels had gone down to 4.5, still a bit on the high side but nothing like life threatening as they were the day before. I know this was caused by the nicorette gum. I have not, and will not be using it again. I think it’s probably more harmful than smoking and should be withdrawn from sale. It really is time this was banned. Other products have been taken off the shelves for much less harm..

    • Where can you buy the sugar free clove gum? The nicorette gum has caused me major anxiety. Has anyone else had this probelm?

  16. Hello to you all, I am a 48 year old smoker, around six years ago I gave up with no aid at all cold turkey, around three months later I discovered blood in my stools and to cut a long story short was diagnosed with Ulcerative-Colitis. The symptons got worse as time went on, these included a rash on my forehead with pimples, Ulcers in my my mouth as well as other parts of my body, poor eye sight and blurred vision, painful joints. What surprises me is that 85% of sufferer’s of UC are ex smokers or smokers and affects 1 in 400 people in the Uk, so it stands to reason that most of these symptoms would be attributed to any stop smoking aids. My new doctor had no knowlage of the link between smoking and bowel disease so therefore would have not have diagnosed my UC and himself blamed any alternative stop smoking aids. After 18 moths of not smoking and I was nearly house bound with symptons so I started smoking again within 2 months was sympton free. I have tried all nicotine products and within 3 months my symptons return. I know smoke 10 cigs a day low tar and consume around 10 4mg plain gum pieces and this is posibly the best comination for me. My gum symptons seam to be, hair loss at fist popping ears wich seam to be my jaw muscles getting used to constant chewing and hiccups.
    What I am summerising is that some of these sytoms metioned in this and other sites could be caused by bowel problems that smoking has masked, and should be explored as a possibility before attributing them to nicotine replacement products as very few people would take the time to come back on these sites to update any diagnosis.

  17. I became addicted to the lozenges 4mg for 8 years after quitting smoking. First it was the gum which turned my teeth horribly yellow and my teeth began to crack and break so I stopped the gum and switched to the lozenges. Now I have been diagnosed with three bleeding ulcers which I am convinced came from the continuous use of the lozenges. I have to say I enjoy the sensation you get from them., A slight peppery taste and a little nicotine lift but the ill health effects are not worth it. Use the product as directed to help you stop smoking then wean yourself off it as soon as possible.

  18. Another sufferer here. Addicted to gum then switched to lozenges when I wore my teeth away.
    Having severe bowel problems now. What I’ve found is that when I get absolutely hammered (drunk) it detoxes it out my system and I feel much better, my eyes even become whiter, only for symptoms to return a few days later. Could be nothing to do with the lozenges of course, but I personally believe it is.

    I really need to stop but find I lose all energy and get brain fog within minutes of stopping. There never seems like a good time to go for it and stop.

    I’m glad and sad in equal measure that I’m not the only one.

    We all need to kick this stuff into touch.

  19. Hello,
    Been a smoker for 4 years a pack a day since 16 to 20 years old.
    reading the comments and came across a rough average of people’s age here being between 45 – 75.
    Some of the things you are experiencing are purely from age such as hair loss, and teeth falling out (with the assistance of long term smoking)
    I have been on the nicotine gum for 2 years now, on average 7 gums a day of 4 Mg.
    Nicotine is a poison in high doses.
    it’s a natural pesticide produced by tobacco plants to kill bugs.
    Im reading that a lot of you are abusing the ‘medication’ and over indulging in the substance.
    Just like everything in this world its all about moderation, Like eating to much food makes you fat, drinking to much makes you drunk, to much sun can make you sunburnt.

  20. There are side effects with any medication. I have been chewing 4mg nicotine gum for 2 years. I enjoy it. The only side effect I have had is dizziness due to chewing to much at one time. Other than that I am perfectly healthy. Not sure why people are loosing teeth and hair and attributing this to nicotine gum? I’ve read a lot of studies on the gum, and none of the real ones claim hair loss or dental health loss as a side effect, nor have I ever heard of this happening. You might want to look into these people’s lives before blaming nicotine gum.

    An army friend of mine has been chewing it for a little less than 8 years, and no serious side effects. My point is, if your teeth are rotting out of your face, and your hair is falling out, maybe you should take a close look at maybe your diet, personal hygiene or other health conditions. If you are riddled with health problems maybe the gum is exacerbating your already existing condition? In otherwise healthy individuals, I have never heard of serious complications from the gum.

  21. You are really supposed to be chewing nicotine gum for no more then 3 months. Try replacing a few peices of gum with cinnamon hard candies or big red gum. And please try to stop using the nicotine gum. Good luck to you all.

  22. I quit smoking 77 days ago and picked up the 4mg fruit chill gum as a replacement. On the next pack, I switched over to 2mg… but then had my husband grab the next pack on the way home and he accidentally picked up the 4mg again… so I decided to chew it less frequently because I didn’t want it to go backwards in my efforts (though, in order to convince myself to quit smoking – which I truly enjoyed and didn’t want to do – I purchased the gum with no official quitting goal). Ever since, I chew between 2-3 pieces a day on average… occasionally more on a road trip or when drinking… but at least one in the morning and one in the evening – simply for the enjoyment of it. Yes, I believe I am at least emotionally addicted (I panic if I know there are none left in the cupboard) but have found that a 100 pack of 4mg fruit chill lasts me just over a month on average. I enjoy looking forward to the little burst of “happy” energy that it gives me (and the digestive regularity that usually disappears when you lose the smoking “stimulant”). Anyhow, I am having no ill effects at these levels and have somehow managed to maintain my sanity by not giving up my emotional “crutch” in its entirety. Best of luck to you all and I hope you find your right balance 🙂

  23. I have been on Nicotine gum 4mg for a number of years, trying the 2mg seems fine, not had any problems at all, no dryness of skin, no sagging. my best tip is to chew the gum for 10-15 seconds then place it under your top lip and leave it there, 60 gums a day will fall to 12 straightaway.

    Cannot get off them. At least I’m free of thinking cigs first thing in the morning and during the day.

    Getting off gums is wait for it, will power, but it’s that first thing in the morning for me.

  24. Hi I’ve been a former smoker and have been chewing the gum for approximately three years, my husband hates it and won’t come near me when I’m chewing it. He says it smells bad and other people probably think so but don’t say anything. My daughter feels the same. I have had some hair loss but I’m 53 and it may be age related. I have had a higher blood pressure. I can relate to what others say about going into a panic when they realize they are out or only have one piece left. It’s like being addicted to Lora tab or a drug that you can’t control. I got a prescription of Chantix from my doctor and I am trying to quit for the third time with Chantix you have to stop early on when the effects are the strongest. If you can get past three days I’m told the nicotine is out of your system the rest is all mental. I am trying to sleep through those three days as much as possible and chew Dentyne Ice and several others that taste like Nicorette wintergreen. I worry that my back pain and knee pain might be worse because of the gum and some stomach issues as well. I just think my health will be better if I get off the gum. I will pray that the third time is a charm!

  25. Hi guys, I have noticed so many negative comments on this page! I just wanted to share my story with you all and hope it will help someone struggling with addiction. I had been smoking for almost 6 years when one day I was taking a cycling class and I ended up having to leave in the middle of the class because my lungs were burning so bad I couldn’t breathe right, long story short I decided to really quit,(I tried numerous times before, but never REALLY wanted to) I decided to try nicorette gum, I read the entire booklet they give you in the box and started off with the 2mg to try it out. It really did satisfy my cravings. I have been smoke free for 2 years now! I can not tell you how hard it was to actually quit but I feel amazing, I can do a full 45 minutes of rigorous cardiovascular and my lungs are fine. So my advice to you all is to read the instruction booklet if you plan on using the gum ! And use it as an aid to stop your habbit, not to REPLACE your habbit. The truth of the matter is if you get additional to the gum you didn’t really want to quit smoking for the right reasons.

  26. I have been chewing Nicotine gum now for many, many years. I would love to get off of it. I have tried the patches but have horrible nightmares that are so vivid and indescribably terrible.

    I don’t know what to do. When I have tried weening myself off the gum to only a few pieces each day, I find when stressful incidents happen in my life, I return to chewing many pieces per day.

    I have no tendencies to return to smoking, intact, I am now allergic to cigarette smoke.

    My doctor suggested Chantix. Does it work to relieve one of the nicotine gum addiction?

    • Hi! The patches seemed to work very well for me. After the first week of not sleeping well, removed them about an hour before I went to bed. In the morning, I would slap a new one again. It worked well for me, since I didn’t smoke during night anyway.

      I stayed quit for 5 yrs then started back. I’m two months into quitting again and catch myself sucking on the e cigs constantly. And my gums are so tender and bleed easily.

      Has anyone experienced this?

    • Same with me, exactly. I’ve been chewing the candy coated stuff for over a decade with no sign of potential quitting in sight. Its delicious and gives me a lift…but this has gone on waaaaay too long.

      There is some stomach upset if one chews too quickly or too often and any stimulant can get one a bit too keyed-up. However, it sure beats smoking. I’m just disgusted with myself for not finding the self-discipline to stop. There’s no way I’m taking an anti-depressant to quit, though. The best way I’ve found to cut way down is to chew regular gum that tastes the same. After awhile, you forget which is which.

    • Champix is wonderful for losing cigarette addiction, just not sure about gum. Might be. However weird dreams are a common side effect so maybe it’s not for you.
      My experience is that Nicotine gum is heaps easier to come off than cigarettes. Just replace with extra or juicy fruit or other chewing gum, and cut back then right off.
      Good luck

    • I would think it would but I’m no doctor. I’ve used Chantix and it is amazing in that it works and you won’t crave nicotine but it felt like I was dropping LSD when I took it. I had nightmares of terror, mood swings and all kinds of things that were really bad. I would say it’s an amazing drug in that it really does stop all physical craving but the side effects are something to prepare for. Then it gets back to the emotional connections we have to smoking and chewing the gum and how they are distractions and even though we may not have the physical need there will be other things to work on like trigger days, drinking coffee, alcohol and things that trigger us to want gum. If you have the courage to tell your doctor you are having a problem with the gum I think that would be good. I came on this site as I have so much shame with the gum thing and now I realize I”m not alone. Best of luck.

      • Dear Liz, I feel the same way you did. I felt I was the only one chewing nicotine gum for years and years and years, until I found this site. About Chantix, I see the commercials often on the TV station I watch so often. The side effects sound terrifying!! I don’t think I could chance trying that drug. But I’m so sick of my addiction to nicotine gum.

  27. I started 4 mg. every 2 hrs. or so. Had noticed some stomach problems at first: probably from too much chewing and swallowing of juices (saliva). Today, I CHEWED LESS, and parked more, with less stomach upset. Also, keep gum in mouth less amt. of time.

  28. I am in my mid 50’s, having smoked since a teenager, I stopped 20 years ago without the aid of any nicotine replacement products. Some months later I visited my GP feeling very ‘down’, she explained nicotine releases chemicals in the brain the keep many people on an even keel and suggested I try a nicotine replacement product, I started using the 4mg gum, chewing around 15 pieces per day and immediately felt better. I have been using this product for over 20 years, still chewing around 15 pieces a day, and have suffered absolutely no side effects. I have great teeth, lovely thick hair and although my eyesight isn’t what it was 20 years ago, I have put this down to age.

  29. I’m in my early 50’s, have smoked and quit on and off since I was a teenager. Since I’m OCD, ADD and too many other issues, so quiting has always been aided with patches, gum, lozenges and once Chantix. I am doing the step down with the patches every 2 weeks and mg gum. I’m a wreck, but determined to kick it all. I plan on chewing 4mg through the patch step down, then quit the gum. I had originally planned on doing the 2 mg 2 weeks after the last patch, but after reading all of these comments and noticing some side effects already, I think I will need to kick the gum too, ANY SUGGESTIONS? ????

  30. This article and website is so clearly biased towards e-cigarettes it’s absurd. This audience is people trying to quit a dangerous habit. E-cigarette marketers are just as bad as big tobacco when they use scare tactics to turn a buck.

  31. I’ve smoked for 16 years. I started when I was 14 and am now thirty. I quit just over a week ago with the help of the gum. I have been using the 4mg and am switching to the 2mg when this pack is gone. I have significant tmj, so it is physically painful to chew it throughout the day. I’m pretty shocked at the stuff I’m reading. The gum, patch, and lozenges are meant to help you get over the mental addiction of cigarette smoking while still giving you the physical fix. It’s meant to be a short term bandaid to assist you in quitting. If you read the instructions, you are not supposed to use the gum for an extended period of time, so I’m not surprised if you’re having health issues. Try to stop using it. Good luck.

    • Kat, trust me. Get off the gum or lozenges fast – addiction to this stuff is worse then smoking.
      I am quitting them again and this time for good.
      They take more out of you then they deliver.
      If I could go back I just would have never never used them. Worse then smokes cause no peer pressure or smoke odor.
      Lozenges are most addictive. T

  32. I was a smoker for 34 yrs . Three years back I stopped smoking but got addicted to nicotine gum . I started with 2 mg then increased to 4 mg . About a month ago I am experiencing shaking and weakness in my legs . I feel very tired and sleepy all day. I did read the side effects of my medications for BP, cholesterol and none of them has the side effects that I am experiencing. I strongly believe the nicotine gum could be the cause of the problem that I am experiencing.

  33. I used the 2mg lozenges for 4 years and suffered extreme anxiety nausea skin issues/hives and was diagnoses with an autoimmune disease. I blame it totally on the lozenges.They kill the bugs in your intestines and you end up with leaky gut and inflammatory/autoimmune issues. Think about it. Its poison. Sop your excuses of shame and denial and put that shit down.

    • Hey, I think i may be experiencing the same thing you are describing. I have been feeling like food has been getting stuck at the bottom of my throat sometimes. It happens a few times a month if i do not chew my food enough. I feel it get stuck, i get the hiccoughs really bad, and after a minutes or two it will pass. Is this what happens with you?

  34. Wow guys…. After reading so many of these posts I made up my mind about nicotine gum. It’s crap. As terrible and bad for you as a F…… cigarette. I was a chain smoker for 20 year, and I escaped this slavery 3 months ago. I chose gum as a support. But, Almost immediately I started to feel pretty bad. Nausea and tiredness. And I thought that this was a common thing when your body is deprived of poison. I was persistent. And I got worst and worst. At this point I’m also weak, I can’t sleep properly, My feet and hand are constantly cold, also tachycardia, breathing difficulties….. things that even when I was smoking never happened. I read a book ( Allen Carr’s Easy Way to Stop Smoking Be a Happy Non-smoker for the Rest of Your Life) and this guy is very against gum or any other kind of nicotine replacement. He claims that gum is just another way to be hooked. I got my blood tests today and for the first time ever they were altered ( like big time altered). So yeah, I just wanted to share my story. It was good to read things here. I was feeling alone and honestly a little crazy ( my doctor so not think nicotine gum is bad for you or have any colateral effect. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Syndrome and I’m sure he will suggest many many pills). I’m quitting nicotine gum from now on. I wish you guys can also leave nicotine in any way behind you. Good luck for us!!!

  35. I started on icy white 4 mil gum 4 years ago and am now on 2 mil. I chew about 18 pieces a day and do have side effects which are, very weired dreams, tooth abseses which have resulted in 2 root canals

    • Dave- What type of gum do you use? Does it have sugar in it? There are a few out there and some have sugar, you have to watch out. The sugarless ones are actually good for your teeth.

  36. I say: justice for all, including the gum! After roughly smoking for 15 years, from the age of 20 to 35, on and off for a while, sometimes for as long as a year or two, I made up my mind and started taking the 4mg gum 2 years ago. And boy, it worked for me. I had never thought quitting would be so easy. Of course, you may say that I only switched, but wo cares, everything is better than cigarettes. I have not been recently motivated to stop chewing the gum, but it seems like this little pleasure of mine comes at a price: high blood pressure and tachycardia. I ran out of gums 3 days ago and I’m not planning to go back. I can also report that with every hour passed, I feel less and less motivation to chew the gum. A word of wisdom: the gum does an excellent job at supressing hunger. I could go on for a day with just gums and water. Now I’ll either gain a lot of weight, or start running and cycling again. I choose life!

  37. I found this article to be very anecdotal. I don’t expect everyone to have a positive experience with nicotine gum, but reading some of these experiences I noticed several were chewing the gum and smoking or using other nicotine products at the same time. You are not supposed to do that, of course you will have problems, it is basically nicotine overdose. Use the gum OR patch OR E-cig OR continue to smoke…not all four at the same time LOL.

  38. I’ve been chewing indian Tobacco for 13yrs it’s way stronger than the American tobacco. I decided to quit 3 weeks ago because i knew Ramadan was coming up in like a month & i always knew Ramadan is the best month to quit all bad habits big or small i would be staying with out food and drinks and tobacco for 17 hours a day for a whole month and i know during the night i can stay busy praying and praising God for the majority of the night tobacco free. i’ve realised breaking away from food and drinks for the long days of the summer time during this blessed month breaks your desires and it liberates you from it, so i always had this guilt of chewing tobacco on this blessed month through out my life knowing all well i could easily had quitted it long ago. so that’s y at the end of last years Ramadan i decided to quit tobacco this coming Ramadan praised be to God who gave me strength three weeks ago to start my journey on quitting this harmful product. On the first night of my journey of quitting tobacco i threw away all my packets of tobacco and i bought the nicotine gum 4mg i started using 7 gums a days i had 160 piece of gum and now im left with 28 gums and there 13 days to go till Ramadan so i will finish the rest of this gums then i will go cold turkey in the last 5 to 7 days before the Ramadan begins and by the end of it i will God willing be nicotine free for the first time in 13yrs and i believe that would be one of my best achievement of my life . let me add to this on the day of my quitting i prayed two rakhas of prayers and i asked forgiveness from my lord for all the tobacco i used until then and on ramadan i will pray another two rakhas of salat then i will ask for another forgiveness for the nicotine gum and for sure after this ramadan i will be drug free for the rest of my days with God’s help. So guys don’t lose hope life is just but a test and everything that comes your way know that you can conquer it because if you couldn’t you wouldn’t be tested from that by God. he is just and he only test us by our capabilities. I will post another comment after the ramadan to update you guys on how everything went. Ramadan start on the 5th of june if you muslim or not i think you should try fasting a day or two or the whole ramadan see how strong of a person you are not many people are strong enough to stop themselves from eating even when hunger takes over them test yourself and see how strong your are. Ramadan also has other benefits it will Improves your blood fat levels,Promotes fat breakdown and weight loss and many more benefits especially spiritually. Thanks for reading this. Salam(peace)

  39. I have been chewing the gum for over 20 years after smoking for 30 years. I constantly have a piece in my mouth. I think kicking the gum may be harder than quitting smoking.

  40. Brandon Ramsay, Hello! I wish your words were the truth but “how” can you review soooo many

    negative reaction testimonies and think: its not the gum or lozenge etc.!???

    Anything but wholesome food and pure water affects us all in a negative detrimental way, now to take a chemically created product in a lab that is filled with toxic ingredients many times a day is asking for lots of health problems.

    I think we all need to chart extremely well as we reduce our addictive substance, no matter what the addiction is: and keep * * * reducing it by tiny amounts each day * * * until you are no longer using at all.
    The Key to this approach is the daily charting and continued reducing each day or each week a micro small amount, so your body can gradually adjust without the Cold Turkey symptoms.

    Thats how people got off Opium in the the 1800’s. I wish you all the best of luck as you reclaim your real healthy true creative, loving selves once more. Remember how you felt as a child ~ free to be
    yourself all day without mood enhancers as Life was the mood enhancer.

    Also, jumping on a rebounder mini trampoline empties your inner waste can which is your Lymph System. By jumping daily you are cleaning our all the nicotine residue that is in your cells in your Lymph System.
    Also, Homeopathy is truly Amazing for symptoms of withdrawal. Please google this as they are
    not expensive and truly can help.

    Now add to these: lots of sleep 8-10 hours a night, and a clean healthy diet with lots of vegetables and
    whole grains . . . Make Soups they’re great and easy! and you will all be on the right track.

    Get outside each day and just sit and get some sun and then start to meander, plant some flowers, even one pot will touch your heart! Then walk slowly and just enjoy the surroundings and the sky etc. Don’t race and get out of breath. Be kind to yourself and start enjoying yourself and your life once more. Less times on any screen the better as its more draining and toxic radiation and we all know that!
    Love & Happiness to you all!

  41. Pity we ever started tobacco. The vacant urge wants to be filled. Have just started experiencing oesophageal spasm when chewing nicotine gum. Could be related to gastric reflux. Also new for me. I have chewed on and off for 30 years, and smoked when off the gum.
    This horrible spasm discomfort has made it easy to quit the gum. It now feels horrible and I spit it out, so I’m giving regular gum a go. And keeping calm about it.
    Drinking peppermint tea and feeling the symptoms subside.

  42. My husband has been on this crap for 32 years. He was diagnosed with Parkinsons and Lewy Body dementia 5 years ago. I can’t help but think this stupid gum has had an impact cognitively. he chews 10-13 pieces of 2 mg per day. He is totally addicted with no end in sight. It is a horrible product–especially for folks who struggle with any type of addition

  43. The gum and lozenges are meant to be used for about three months with diminishing doses to zero. Of course you will have negative side effects if you use them longer. The idea is to get off of nicotine, not replace the way we ingest it.

    If you smoke for three months, there is pretty much 0 risk of cancer. If you smoke for twenty years, it’s another story.

    I have fealt a little nausea when using the lozenge but other than that no problems.

    I wish you all good luck.

  44. this is hilarious. everyone is equating their health problems to nicotine replacement therapies. from baldness to burning feet. this is so human. lol. oh, the Internet. love it.

  45. I started smoking as a kid, quit after 20 years, started up again after 10 years and smoked for another 20 years. 20 months ago I started vaping and stopped smoking 6 weeks later. A couple of times since then I’ve smoked somebody’s cigarette to prove to them I’m imune to relapse and may be they should consider vaping if they want to stop smoking. Cigarettes now taste terrible. I can smoke one, regret it, and feel no urge for another. I feel fine, much better than when I was smoking. Does nic gum spoil the experience of smoking like vaping does for me?

    Smoking a carton a week used to cost me $3,000 a year. The eliquid I make at home costss $30 a year. If I never bought any vaping toys I don’t need I could vape for less than $100 a year after an initial cost of about $200 for a couple of devices and e liquid supplies.

    How much does the gum cost per day compared to what you were spending on cigarettes?

  46. I have been chewing this gum for 9 years after quitting smoking 30 cigs a day. I chew around 15 gums a day and have reduced to 2mg gums over the past year. I am disappointed that I am addicted to these.

    Over the last year I have had problems with the gum causing one side of my tongue to have a raised white coating with deep cracks. This is much worse if I fall asleep with the gum in my mouth. Also this is occurring on the inside of my bottom lip and inside of cheek. The skin literally sloughs off. It only improves when I cut the gum right down. I also feel sick most of the time and now wondering what this gum is doing to my insides.

    I don’t understand why the gum does this to my mouth now because nothing has changed apart from a lowered dose gum, same brand. I have very good dental health and always brush my tongue. It also isn’t candida (thrush). I know I have to quit but still really crave it. I am glad I have been able to share this with you. This has given me a bit more hope.

    Has anyone else experienced this problem ?

    • Annie, I have been chewing nicotine gum for almost 20 years!!! When I went to my dentist to have my teeth cleaned, he noticed white patches on the inner part of my cheeks in my mouth. At the least, he said this is precancerous!! At the worst, it could be cancer!!
      And, yes, I also have the skin sloughing that you describe.
      This is horrible. My dentist is consulting an oral surgeon and I will most likely have a biopsy done. I have many awful health problems. After reading this site, I wonder how many are due to or made worse by my chewing nicotine gum? If I have oral cancer, I’m giving up. My health is so bad as is, that I’m not living right now.
      And these people on this site who say we should read the gum directions and quit using them after 12 weeks, shut up. All of us who are addicted to nicotine gum KNOW THE DIRECTIONS! We don’t need self-righteous people telling us that we’ve gone too far.

  47. I am glad I found this website; I knew I wasn’t alone. I picked up smoking as a teenager (the 1960’s). Along the way I got addicted to alcohol, benzos, stimulants like diet pills, opiates including heroin, and cocaine. I have been on Methadone Maintenance Therapy for 16 months now. My last cigarette was on July 6, 2015 and I have been on 4mg nicotine lozenges since then. Luckily for me, my insurance covers most of the NRT cost.

    When I relapsed a few months ago, I stayed on MMT, shot heroin and cocaine, but did not return to smoking. I would have shot myself in the head if I did. Oh yeah, I take Antabuse (today) so I won’t drink alcohol.

    CIGARETTES ARE THE PROBLEM. In the USA, we keep ’em legal There’s too much money to be made and no one cares about schmucks like us. I get all my prescriptions filled at the CVS. They always seem to have problems filling the nicotine lozenges. That’s gotta be God talking to me. Ha ha.

    I am a junior at WSU where they outlawed cigarettes and e-cigs about 2 years ago. Walking all the way off-campus to smoke is a terror in the winter!

    Today, I am clean (again!) from booze and drugs and still on methadone. I go to AA meetings every day. I don’t understand the connection, but many newcomers to AA smoke but if they stay around long enough, they quit. When I go to the methadone clinic, the smoking areas are FULL of smokers!

    I am making a concerted effort to get off the nicotine lozenges. I am plain tired of all that bullshit! Get your doctors to write you scripts for NRT! Long-term use of ANY type of gum will cause dental nightmares. Start an exercise regimen, too. By the way, I will be 64 in September.

    May God bless us all.

    • I smoked for almost 20 years, I am now 39 years old. I first replaced smoking with nicotin patch , but after 4 days using it, I noticed that nicotin patch makes me too much nervous and … so I started using nicotin gum for 2 weeks and after that 3 weeks I cut off nicotin gum too and I never used it again. Now , it has been almost 8 months that I have quitted smoking and I am exteremly happy because of that. I breathe more better and sleep much better now. My point is this: nicotin gum helps alot to have a successful quitting ,but we should use gum for a short period of time.

  48. I have been chewing 2 mg gum for 16 years, about 15-30 a day, and in the last year 4 mg about 15 a day. I have experienced the following negative effects: too much money lost, feeling enslaved by gum, feeling ridiculous chewing gum all the time, cold feet, (weaker hair or hair loss is probably true: there must be less blood to grow hair since also feet get cold), yellow teeth despite of good brushing or whitening, too often gases probably from swallowing saliva, headache, heart pain and extreme tiredness after taking too much 4 mg gum, higher blood pressure, breaking of teeth from chewing the hard gum. That’s about it. Bad enough, so I have tried to quit.

    I found two ways to quit nicorette. Firstly, it is not possible to reduce to 2 gums a day. It is not possible to stop is by reducing, must be by quitting all at once, or by replacing nicotine by cyticine. I did the first type quitting 3 times, but only once managed for longer than a week, and not so long anyway. The second type is easier, but it cannot be done too many times since the body gets used to cyticine and then it probably does not work. So, I buy a packet of desmoxal, it has 100 pills. I only need about 20 pills to quit nicorette. Just start taking cyticine once an hour, then once in two hours, then less often and in a few days not at all. Because cyticine replaces nicotine in reseptors, it is possible to stop nicotine. So stop nicorette as soo as you can while having started with cyticine, then stop cyticine as soon as you can, meaning do not do the 25 day treatment as the instructions say. Just 2-4 days is enough. That’s it. I again tried it four days ago and now I am out of 4 mg nicorette and do not take any desmoxal either. I do not feel the need to either one, and no withdrawal symptoms either.

    Nicotine, like nicorette, is very addictive. Cyticine is not addictive as it gives no good feeling, no positive reward. Both nicotine and cyticine are poisonous, nicotine is the more poisonous of them. It is safe to take both substances according to the instructions given for them.

    I think that one may quit smoking by replacing it with nicorette. Then after a longer time one can quit nicorette with cyticine. That will be a short time, some 2-4 days, but it will be possible only when one is not any more drawn to smoking and when one does no panic if there are no nicotine gums left. That is, first 12 years I do not think I could have stopped nicorette with desmoxal. I had to run to pharmacy to buy more gum. Now I do not panic any more, and so I can stop, and this time will try to stop.

  49. And now, an entrepreneur and a 67 y/o housewife are both medical gurus, who sustain their findings on a sample of 1 person plus hearsay.

    No wonder society is all messed up

  50. When I was 14 i used to smoke nicotine and i still do like i am so addicted to it its a need. My mom ask why you so depress i tell her because i haven smioked all day, an she would say i dont want you to grow up and be like me i want you to be better then your mom was. i cant do nothing but think of the dug its just like i would die for it if i have too. bu no today i changed im 24 years old and have never thought about the drug like i used to im a new person i listen to my mom im a certain fild lawer and have 2 kids who i love im a single parent but life going good for me and i hope my short help other people!!!!

  51. I have been chewing nicotine gum off an on for 8 years. I quit it a few times when I started smoking again. So as of now its been 3 plus years straight. I’m not feeling any side effects that i know of. I do notice it raises my heart rate using my fitbit. I just want to stop being addicted and also quit wasting my money on it. With cig price going up next year i’m sure the gum will too. I know quitting will be hard because I know how i get when I run out. I rush to buy more no matter what is going on, sheer panic sets in. I wish i could find a regular gum with a similar texture. Anyhow quitting is my New Years Resolution so wish me luck. Reading all these posts helps my mind set.I am a recovering addict so of course i’m addicted to the gum. I quit meth, i quit alcohol, I quit cigs and i lost 50 pounds this years. Nicotine gum is my last vice so damn it to hell it’s got to go.

  52. Aloha All- I went from CIGARETTES to E CIGARETTES to PATCHES and I am now I only use NICOTINE GUM. It works and have no major side effects. Good luck to you all.

  53. Try 2 or 3 Stevia liquid drops on the tongue, this will take away the nicotine craving right away & it will last all day, seriously, this works.

    You will still have the urge for a gum or a cigarette but this is more down to habit which will become less & less as the days go by.

    The best way to start is by not having a gum or a cigi for a few hours so that you are craving a nicotine hit, then take the drop on tongue & withing a min.ute the craving will disappear, I never thought this would work myself so was amazed when it did.

    I bought the caramel flavoured Stevia drops on ebay, only a few pounds.

  54. After smoking for 53 years I quit one year 2 months 15 days ago. Yea! I chewed for about 4 months starting with 4mg then down to 2 mg. I maintained my weight and started exercising daily and my lung capacity has greatly improved. I feel awesome and even caught a cold and for the first time in years it did not turn into bronchitis. I am stoked!!! My problem is after quitting the gum I have now gained 27 pounds. I am only 5’4″ so that is a lot. I had started eating healthier before stopping the gum so I know my diet and exercise plan is good. I should not be gaining weight. I’m considering starting the gum again just to lose the extra weight and get back into my clothes. Any suggestions, thoughts?

  55. I quit smoking 3 years ago after a lifetime of smoking; I am 75 years old.
    In the last month I have been under a lot of stress; a loved one passed away and 4 of our senior dogs had to be euthanized.
    I am now having extreme anxiety like an elephant is sitting on my chest. My blood pressure is suddenly all over the place. I was chewing at least 30 pieces of 2 mg gum a day. I have cut back to 14 pieces a day but still experiencing symptoms.

    I would like to know if anyone else has experienced this, or if the gum is just coincidental.

  56. I quit smoking with the patch 6 months ago. After a month, I felt palpitations and stopped the patch.. Bought the gum and enjoyed so much chewing it. For two or three months I was chewing all the time ..It was fun and loved it. Until it started affected my dental work. Specifically, a crown got loose. I kept chewing gum until very recently. Now, for two days I did not have any gum. However, I bought my last box. Better safe than go back to smoking.. After six months , I am finally nicotine free for three days. The problem is that when I eat my flux is irritated. Is it from the gum , I do not know. I need to visit my doctor. Thanks for reading

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