Nicotinell can be found either in the form of a patch or gum. The primary ingredient in both the patches as well the gum is nicotine. The patch is available in strengths of 7mg, 14mg, and 21mg. The gum can be consumed in amounts of either 2mg or 4mg.
How It Works
The reason that cigarette smoking is habit forming is due to the presence of nicotine in the cigarettes. It is this nicotine that individuals get used to. This is usually due to the dual effects that the substance has. This can include either feelings of alertness or relaxation and calmness. Nicotinell introduces the nicotine into the body via a different method so that a similar feeling can be achieved.
Nicotinell is utilized in aiding the cessation of smoking in those who are addicted to the habit. Nicotinell allows the same feelings to be experienced as when smoking but without any of the damage to the oral cavity or lungs. By being able to experience that hit of nicotine, individuals are less likely to crave cigarettes.
Nicotinell is typically available as an over the counter product. However, it is a good idea to speak with a medical specialist before utilizing it as a method of treatment. It is imperative that you follow the guidelines that have been given to you by the doctor or the instructions attached to Nicotinell packaging. You should not exceed the number of patches or the amount of gum within a certain time period. If you feel as though the Nicotinell product is not having the intended effect, speak to a medical specialist before making any changes.
With the Nicotinell patch, you simply have to place it onto a patch of skin that is free from hair or irritation. Once the patch is in place, it will be effective up to 24 hours. Avoid using the same area on your body for two consecutive patches.
With the Nicotinell gum, the 2mg is advised for those who typically smoke no less than twenty cigarettes a day. You should not chew more than 20 pieces of gum in a single day.
For heavy smokers, the 4mg may prove to be more effective. Here, you should not chew more than 10 pieces within the same day.
There may be certain unexpected symptoms that may arise when using the Nicotinell patch or chewing the gum. The ones that may be more common are:
Irritation where the patch has been placed
Pain in the stomach region
Issues with digestion
Changes in sleeping patterns
If these issues persist, you should get the advice of a medical specialist.
Do not use the Nicotinell patch if you have issues with your skin or have been said to have a skin disorder.
When you stop smoking, your body may metabolize different medications or substances at a different rate.
Therefore, if you are taking any of these, you should ask a clinician about the doses or schedules:
You should consult a medical specialist before using other treatments with the same ingredient.
Nicotinell is not meant for individuals who do not smoke or for those who smoke rarely.
It should not be used by those who are under the age of twelve.
You should ask a clinician if those who are pregnant or breastfeeding should be using Nicotinell.