Before buying the gum, you should tell your pharmacist or doctor if you have an illness, or if you are taking any other medicines (even non-prescription ones). In some cases, you may need medical supervision or advice, or in other cases nicotine gum may not be suitable. Please check the Consumer Medicine Information that comes with the gum for the latest list of common medicines and medical conditions that may be affected by using the gum or stopping smoking.
Illnesses listed in the CMI for which you may need medical advice include: heart disease, any blood circulation disorder, kidney disease, liver disease, stomach ulcer or pain, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, and phaeochromocytoma (a tumour of the adrenal gland).
You should not use the gum when your mouth or throat is sore.
Nicotine gum may stick to and damage dentures, dental caps or partial bridges. It can be mixed with gum designed to be used by people with dentures. However, medical guidelines recommend using a different nicotine product instead.
Can I use the gum if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is recommended that you first try to quit without medication. However, if you are unable to quit without medication, you may use the gum to help you quit. While using the gum is considered safer than smoking, even this smaller amount of nicotine may not be entirely risk-free for your baby. You need to discuss the risks and benefits with your pharmacist or doctor before using it, and you should tell the doctor supervising your pregnancy. Mothers using the gum should breastfeed their baby first, then use the gum soon after, as instructed in the Consumer Medicine Information.
If you have any questions regarding these issues, please ask your doctor.
Can I use the gum if I am under 18 years?
The gum can be used by persons aged 12 years and over, however if you are under 18 years you should speak to your doctor before using the gum. It is highly recommended that people in this age group discuss quitting smoking with a trained health advisor to benefit from using the nicotine gum.