Nicotex is a nicotine gum that helps you quit smoking using the principle of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT), A 12-week therapy programme that will help you get back to life without dependence on cigarettes. Nicotex gradually reduces your nicotine intake and makes it possible for you to choose life over smoking.
Nicotex contains Nicotine Polacrilex, USP and is available in two strengths: 2 mg and 4 mg.
It is formulated keeping in mind the special taste requirements of the Indian palate. In order to best camouflage the strong taste of nicotine, Nicotex is available in:
Classic Fresh Mint
Nicotex provides the nicotine that you normally get from cigarettes, but in a lower quantity than cigarettes. It allows your body to gradually adjust to having less nicotine until you no longer need any and, thus, helps you quit smoking.
There are a few common misconceptions surrounding Nicotex gums, some of which are incorrect and some have their roots in consuming wrong dosage & improper usage.
Don’t listen to rumours and try for yourself! Know how Nicotex gums work and the right dosage to follow.
Individuals smoking less than 20 cigarettes a day should use the 2mg Nicotex gum. Only those who smoke more than 20 cigarettes per day should use the 4mg gum, which needs to be prescribed by a physician.
Consume a gum whenever you get an urge to smoke. Over a 12 week period, Nicotex allows your body to gradually adjust to have less Nicotine. Below dosage schedule is recommended:
Weeks 1-6Take 1 gum every 1-2 hours
Weeks 7-9Take 1 gum every 2-4 hours
Weeks 10-12Take 1 gum every 4-8 hours
Do not exceed more than 24 gums per day. Reduce 1 gum per week. Recommended therapy is for 12 weeks.
How to use
The nicotine from nicotine gum gets absorbed through the inner lining of the mouth as it is chewed, and hence reduces the craving for cigarettes and helps to relieve other withdrawal symptoms of smoking cessation1.
Nicotine gum shouldn’t be chewed like a regular gum. It is important to chew nicotine gum slowly to get the most out of it2.
Mild and transient side effects of nicotine gum like mouth soreness, hiccups, dyspepsia and jaw ache can be reduced by chewing the nicotine gum properly as described below3.
Nicotine gum should be chewed slowly until a "peppery" or "flavored" taste emerges, then "parked" between the cheek and gum to facilitate nicotine absorption through the inner lining of the mouth. Gum should be slowly and intermittently "chewed and parked" for about 30 minutes or until the taste dissipates3.
1. British medical journal 1982;285:537-540
2. Thorax 1998;53:S11-S12
3. Clinical practice guideline, Treating Tobacco Use And Dependence: 2008 Update
Consult your Doctor before using Nicotex
- If you are below 18 years of age.
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- If you are taking any other medicines, especially those containing these.
- If you have other medical conditions such as uncontrolled high blood pressure, stroke, stomach ulcer, kidney or liver disease, heart or circulation problems, diabetes, allergic reactions, severe sore throat, inflammation of the mouth, overactive thyroid, or adrenal gland cancer.
- If you have had previous reactions to nicotine gums or other nicotine-containing products.
Nicotex Overdose If you have used more nicotine gums than recommended or, in case, a child has chewed or swallowed some, then contact a doctor immediately. The general symptoms of nicotine overdose include headache, sickness, diarrhoea and stomach pain.