Nicorette Mint (Nicotine polacrilex - non Rx) Medication


Nicorette Mint (Nicotine polacrilex - non Rx)

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Nicorette Mint is a nicotine gum with a refreshing mint flavor used to aid individuals in quitting smoking.   

This gum works best when used alongside a comprehensive smoking cessation program, which may involve support groups, counseling, or behavior modification techniques. 

As a smoking cessation aid, Nicorette Mint functions by delivering a regulated dose of nicotine gradually absorbed through the mouth’s lining. This process alleviates the anxiety, frustration, irritability, and restlessness linked to smoking cessation. In addition, it serves as a substitute oral activity, reducing the urge to smoke. 

Uses and Dosage 

Thoroughly read the accompanying user guide of Nicorette Mint for detailed instructions and important information before using it for the first time, and every time you get a refill. Should you have any inquiries, consult with your healthcare provider or pharmacist. 

Nicorette Mint comes in two different strengths, and the prescribed amount is based on the daily cigarette consumption before quitting. 

Individuals who smoke their initial cigarette within 30 minutes of waking should take a 4mg dose of gum, while those who smoke their first cigarette more than 30 minutes after waking should take a 2mg dose. 

Treatment with Nicorette Mint usually begins on the chosen quit day and will span for 12 weeks.  

During the initial 6 weeks, take one gum every 1-2 hours, then transition to every 2-4 hours for the subsequent 3 weeks, and finally every 4-8 hours for an additional 3 weeks. 

For strong cravings, consider taking a second piece of gum within an hour. To increase the chances of success, aim to chew a minimum of 9 pieces of gum daily for the first 6 weeks. 

To properly use Nicorette Mint, follow this chew-and-park technique:  

  1. Slowly chew the gum until you detect the nicotine flavor or experience a tingling sensation in your mouth.  
  2. Pause chewing and place the gum between your cheek and gums.  
  3. Once the tingling subsides, resume chewing.  
  4. Repeat this cycle until the tingling sensation dissipates, usually within 30 minutes. 

Refrain from eating or drinking for 15 minutes before or during gum use. 

For best results, adhere strictly to the instructions provided in the Nicorette Mint user guide or as advised by your doctor if this medication is prescribed. 

Chew only one piece of gum at a time. Do not take one piece after another to reduce the risk of side effects like hiccups, nausea, or heartburn. Furthermore, do not exceed 24 pieces of gum in a day. 

Finish the full 12-week regimen of Nicorette Mint. If, upon completing the treatment, you feel the need to continue using this medication as a preventive measure against smoking, seek guidance from your doctor. 

Do not discontinue the use of this medication abruptly, as it may lead to withdrawal symptoms. A gradual dose reduction is necessary to reduce the risk of withdrawal effects. 

For individuals with a history of extended or high-dose nicotine usage, the risk of withdrawal is elevated. Promptly inform your doctor or pharmacist if withdrawal symptoms arise. 

Side Effects 

Common Side Effects 

  • Dizziness 
  • Upset stomach, burping, dry mouth, or hiccups 
  • Soreness in the mouth or throat 
  • Alterations in taste 
  • Headache 

Notify your healthcare provider if these common side effects persist or worsen. 

Serious Side Effects 

  • Fast or pounding heartbeats, fluttering in the chest 
  • Blisters within the oral cavity 
  • Dental or jaw-related problems 
  • Wheezing, chest tightness, difficulty in breathing 

Stop the use of Nicorette Mint and promptly notify your healthcare provider should any of the above-listed severe side effects manifest. 

Allergic Reactions 

Rarely, Nicorette Mint may trigger severe allergic responses. If you observe any of the signs of a serious allergic reaction, seek immediate medical assistance: 

  • Face, lips, tongue, or throat swelling 
  • Hives 
  • Trouble breathing 

This list does not include all potential side effects of Nicorette Mint. If you notice any unlisted effects, tell your healthcare provider. 


Before using Nicorette Mint, seek advice from a medical professional if you have any known allergies, particularly to any of the ingredients in this gum. 

Consult a medical professional before using Nicorette Mint if you have any medical issues, especially if you have a history of: 

  • Blood vessel disease (e.g., Raynaud’s disease, stroke) 
  • Dental or jaw problems (e.g., bridges, temporomandibular joint disease – TMJ) 
  • Diabetes 
  • Heart disease (e.g., chest pain, heart attack, irregular heartbeat) 
  • High blood pressure 
  • Liver disease 
  • Kidney disease 
  • Esophagus problems (e.g., esophagitis) 
  • Stomach or intestinal sores (peptic ulcers) 
  • Adrenal problems (pheochromocytoma) 
  • Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) 
  • Seizures 

Consult your doctor or pharmacist to assess whether Nicorette Mint is compatible with other medications, especially if you currently use prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, or herbal supplements. 

Ensure that your healthcare providers and pharmacists are informed about your decision to quit smoking, as it can affect the way your liver processes certain medications, including: 

  • Acetaminophen 
  • Caffeine 
  • Insulin 
  • Oxazepam 
  • Pentazocine 
  • Propoxyphene 
  • Propranolol 
  • Theophylline 
  • Tricyclic antidepressants (e.g., amitriptyline/imipramine) 
  • Diuretics (e.g., furosemide) 

Abstain from smoking or consuming any nicotine products while using Nicorette Mint to reduce the risk of nicotine overdose. 

During pregnancy, try to quit smoking without relying on a nicotine replacement product if possible. If deemed necessary, consider using Nicorette Mint only when clearly required after discussing the risks and benefits with your doctor. 

The nicotine present in Nicorette Mint may transfer to breast milk, potentially causing adverse effects on a nursing infant. Consult with your doctor before breastfeeding while using this gum. 

Properly dispose of used Nicorette Mint by wrapping it in paper and discarding it away from children and pets. The residual nicotine in the used gum can pose a potential health risk to children or pets. 

Additional information

Generic name:

Nicotine polacrilex – non Rx


Mint flavoured gum



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