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Nicorette Gum (Glaxosmithkline Consumer)
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IF YOU SMOKE LESS THAN 25 CIGARETTES A DAY: Use 2 mg
IF YOU SMOKE 25 OR MORE CIGARETTES A DAY: Use 4 mg
Active Ingredient: Nicotine Polacrilex
Purpose: Stop Smoking Aid
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, only use this medicine on the advice of your health care provider. Smoking can seriously harm your child. Try to stop smoking without using any nicotine replacement medicine. This medicine is believed to be safer than smoking. However, the risks to your child from this medicine are not fully known.
DO NOT USE
Keep out of reach of children and pets. Pieces of nicotine gum may have enough nicotine to make children and pets sick. Wrap used pieces of gum in paper and throw away in the trash. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.
Use according to the following 12 week schedule:
Original [2 mg] Inactive Ingredients: flavors, glycerin, gum base, sodium carbonate, sorbitol, sodium bicarbonate
Original [4 mg] Inactive Ingredients: flavors, glycerin, gum base, sodium carbonate, sorbitol, D&C yellow #10
Mint 2 mg Inactive Ingredients: gum base, magnesium oxide, menthol, peppermint oil, sodium bicarbonate, sodium carbonate, xylitol
Mint 4 mg Inactive Ingredients: gum base, magnesium oxide, menthol, peppermint oil, sodium carbonate, xylitol, D&C yellow #10. Al. Lake
Orange (2 mg) Inactive Ingredients: flavor, gum base, magnesium oxide, sodium bicarbonate, sodium carbonate, xylitol
Orange (4 mg) Inactive Ingredients: flavor, gum base, magnesium oxide, sodium carbonate, xylitol, D&C yellow #10. Al. Lake
TO INCREASE YOUR SUCCESS IN QUITTING:
*The American Cancer Society supports the use of a stop smoking aid and counseling as effective tools when quitting smoking but does not endorse any specific product. Glaxosmithkline pays a fee to the American Cancer Society for the use of its logo.
Blister packaged for your protection. Do not use if individual seals are open or torn.
Nicorette Original and Mint are available in:
2 mg or 4 mg Starter kit*--110 pieces
2 mg or 4 mg Refill--48 pieces, 168 pieces or 192 pieces
Nicorette Orange is available in:
2 mg or 4 mg Starter kit*--110 pieces
2 mg or 4 mg Refill--48 pieces
*User's Guide and CD included in kit
Questions or Comments? Call 1-800-419-4766 weekdays.
(10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. EST).
Manufactured by Pharmacia AB, Stockholm, Sweden for Glaxosmithkline Consumer Healthcare, L.P. Moon Township, PA 15108
HOW TO USE NICORETTE TO HELP YOU QUIT SMOKING.
KEYS TO SUCCESS:
SO YOU DECIDED TO QUIT
Congratulations. Your decision to stop smoking is an important one. That's why you've made the right choice in choosing Nicorette gum. Your own chances of quitting smoking depend on how much you want to quit, how strongly you are addicted to tobacco, and how closely you follow a quitting program like the one that comes with Nicorette .
QUITTING SMOKING IS HARD!
If you've tried to quit before and haven't succeeded, don't be discouraged! Quitting isn't easy. It takes time, and most people try a few times before they are successful. The important thing is to try again until you succeed. This User's Guide will give you support as you become a non-smoker. It will answer common questions about Nicorette and give tips to help you stop smoking, and should be referred to often.
WHERE TO GET HELP
You are more likely to stop smoking by using Nicorette with a support program that helps you break your smoking habit. There may be support groups in your area for people trying to quit. Call your local chapter of the American Lung Association (1-800-586-4872), American Cancer Society (1-800-227-2345) or American Heart Association (1-800-242-8721) for further information. If you find you cannot stop smoking or if you start smoking again after using Nicorette , remember breaking this addiction doesn't happen overnight. You may want to talk to a health care professional who can help you improve your chances of quitting the next time you try Nicorette or another method.
LET'S GET ORGANIZED
Your reason for quitting may be a combination of concerns about health, the effect of smoking on your appearance, and pressure from your family and friends to stop smoking. Or maybe you're concerned about the dangerous effect of second-hand smoke on the people you care about. All of these are good reasons. You probably have others. Decide your most important reasons, and write them down on the wallet card inside the back cover of the User's Guide. Carry this card with you. In difficult moments, when you want to smoke, the card will remind you why you are quitting.
WHAT YOU'RE UP AGAINST
Smoking is addictive in two ways. Your need for nicotine has become both physical and mental. You must overcome both addictions to stop smoking. So while Nicorette will lessen your body's physical addition to nicotine, you've got to want to quit smoking to overcome the mental dependence on cigarettes. Once you've decided that you're going to quit, it's time to get started. But first, there are some important warnings you should consider.
SOME IMPORTANT WARNINGS.
This product is only for those who want to stop smoking. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, only use this medicine on the advice of your health care provider. Smoking can seriously harm your child. Try to stop smoking without using any nicotine replacement medicine. This medicine is believed to be safer than smoking. However, the risks to your child from this medicine are not fully known.
Do not use
Ask a doctor before use if you have
Ask a doctor or pharmacist before use if you are
Stop use and ask a doctor if
Keep out of reach of children and pets. Pieces of nicotine gum may have enough nicotine to make children and pets sick. Wrap used pieces of gum in paper and throw away in trash. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.
LET'S GET STARTED
Becoming a non-smoker starts today. First, check that you bought the right starting dose. If you smoke 25 or more cigarettes a day, use 4 mg nicotine gum. If you smoke less than 25 cigarettes a day, use 2 mg nicotine gum. Next, read through the entire User's Guide carefully. Then, set your personalized quitting schedule. Take out a calendar that you can use to track your progress, and identify four dates, using the stickers in the User's Guide.
STEP 1 (Weeks 1-6): Your quit date (and the day you'll start using Nicorette gum). Choose your quit date (it should be soon). This is the day you will quit smoking cigarettes entirely and begin using Nicorette to satisfy your cravings for nicotine. For the first six weeks, you'll use a piece of Nicorette every hour or two. Be sure to follow the directions on pages 9 and 11 of the User's Guide. Place the Step 1 sticker on this date.
STEP 2 (Weeks 7-9): The day you'll start reducing your use of Nicorette. After six weeks, you'll begin gradually reducing your Nicorette usage to one piece every two to four hours. Place the Step 2 sticker on this date (the first day of week seven).
STEP 3 (Weeks 10-12): The day you'll further reduce your use of Nicorette. Nine weeks after you begin using Nicorette , you will further reduce your nicotine intake by using one piece every four to eight hours. Place the Step 3 sticker on this date (the first day of week ten). For the next three weeks, you'll use a piece of Nicorette every four to eight hours.
End of treatment: The day you'll complete Nicorette therapy. Nicorette should not be used for longer than twelve weeks. Identify the date thirteen weeks after the date you chose in Step 1 and place the "EX-Smoker" sticker on your calendar.
Because smoking is an addiction, it is not easy to stop. After you've given up cigarettes, you will still have a strong urge to smoke. Plan ahead NOW for these times, so you're not defeated in a moment of weakness. The following tips may help:
HOW NICORETTE GUM WORKS
Nicorette's sugar-free chewing pieces provide nicotine to your system--they work as a temporary aid to help you quit smoking by reducing nicotine withdrawal symptoms. Nicorette provides a lower level of nicotine to your blood than cigarettes, and allows you to gradually do away with your body's need for nicotine. Because Nicorette does not contain the tar or carbon monoxide of cigarette smoke, it does not have the same health dangers as tobacco. However, it still delivers nicotine, the addictive part of cigarette smoke. Nicotine can cause side effects such as headache, nausea, upset stomach and dizziness.
HOW TO USE NICORETTE GUM
If you are under 18 years of age, ask a doctor before use.
Before you can use Nicorette correctly, you have to practice! That sounds silly, but it isn't.
Nicorette isn't like ordinary chewing gum. It's a medicine, and must be chewed a certain way to work right. Chewed like ordinary gum, Nicorette won't work well and can cause side effects. An overdose can occur if you chew more than one piece of Nicorette at the same time, or if you chew many pieces one after another. Read all the following instructions before using Nicorette . Refer to them often to make sure you're using Nicorette gum correctly. If you chew too fast, or do not chew correctly, you may get hiccups, heartburn, or other stomach problems. Don't eat or drink for 15 minutes before using Nicorette or while chewing a piece. The effectiveness of Nicorette may be reduced by some foods and drinks, such as coffee, juices, wine or soft drinks.
See the chart in the "DIRECTIONS" section above for the recommended usage schedule for Nicorette .
To improve your chances of quitting, use at least 9 pieces of Nicorette a day. If you experience strong or frequent cravings, you may use a second piece within the hour. However, do not continuously use one piece after another, since this may cause you hiccups, heartburn, nausea, or other side effects.
HOW TO REDUCE YOUR NICORETTE USAGE
The goal of using Nicorette is to slowly reduce your dependence on nicotine. The schedule for using Nicorette will help you reduce your nicotine craving gradually. Here are some tips to help you cut back during each step:
STOP USING NICORETTE AT THE END OF WEEK 12. If you still feel the need to use Nicorette after Week 12, talk with your doctor.
TIPS TO MAKE QUITTING EASIER
Within the first few weeks of giving up smoking, you may be tempted to smoke for pleasure, particularly after completing a difficult task, or at a party or bar. Here are some tips to help get you through the important first stages of becoming a non-smoker:
On your Quit Date:
WHAT TO EXPECT
Your body is now coming back into balance. During the first few days after you stop smoking, you might feel edgy and nervous and have trouble concentrating. You might get headaches, feel dizzy and a little out of sorts, feel sweaty or have stomach upsets. You might even have trouble sleeping at first. These are typical withdrawal symptoms that will go away with time. Your smoker's cough will get worse before it gets better. But don't worry, that's a good sign. Coughing helps clear the tar deposits out of your lungs.
After a Week or Two.
By now you should be feeling more confident that you can handle those smoking urges. Many of your withdrawal symptoms have left by now, and you should be noticing some positive signs: less coughing, better breathing and an improved sense of taste and smell, to name a few.
After a Month.
You probably have the urge to smoke much less often now. But urges may still occur, and when they do, they are likely to be powerful ones that come out of nowhere. Don't let them catch you off guard. Plan ahead for these difficult times. Concentrate on the ways non-smokers are more attractive than smokers. Their skin is less likely to wrinkle. Their teeth are whiter, cleaner. Their breath is fresher. Their hair and clothes smell better. That cough that seems to make even a laugh sound more like a rattle is a thing of the past. Their children and others around them are healthier, too.
What To Do About Relapse.
What should you do if you slip and start smoking again? The answer is simple. A lapse of one or two or even a few cigarettes has not spoiled your efforts! Discard your cigarettes, forgive yourself and try again. If you start smoking again, keep your box of Nicorette for your next quit attempt. If you have taken up regular smoking again, don't be discouraged. Research shows that the best thing you can do is to try again. The important thing is to learn from your last attempt.
WHEN THE STRUGGLE IS OVER
Once you've stopped smoking, take a second and pat yourself on the back. Now do it again. You deserve it. Remember now why you decided to stop smoking in the first place. Look at your list of reasons. Read them again. And smile. Now think about all the money you are saving and what you'll do with it. All the non-smoking places you can go, and what you might do there. All those years you may have added to your life, and what you'll do with them. Remember that temptation may not be gone forever. However, the hard part is behind you, so look forward with a positive attitude, and enjoy your new life as a non-smoker.
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