Long-Term Effects of Nicorette Gum

Updated April 17, 2017

Nicorette Gum is a product used to assist in the process of quitting smoking. Unfortunately, nicotine is a highly addictive drug, and while many report successfully quitting smoking, users become addicted to the gum instead, and there are harmful side effects when the gum is used over a long period of time.


Nicorette Gum replaces the nicotine "hit" usually provided by cigarettes, but is a safer alternative to smoking, as it does not require you to take any harmful smoke or chemicals into your lungs.

Time Frame

Nicorette Gum should not be used for longer than one year; anything beyond this is considered long-term use.


Long-term use of Nicorette Gum may cause symptoms like hair loss, skin rashes and irritations, dizziness, elevated blood pressure, headaches, irregular heartbeat, stomach problems, teeth and gum problems, dehydration, and a decrease in energy and overall vitality


Early signs of side effects may include a thinning of the hair, lack of motivation and depression, acne surfacing on the skin, bloating, sore throat, and cankers, as well as a general tiredness.


Many users are unaware of the side effects that may develop from long-term use of the gum, and only become aware once symptoms have already developed to a serious degree.


A gradual decrease in Nicorette Gum use over the duration of the year is an important part of preventing long-term use and side effects. It may also be helpful to implement a relaxation-based activity into your daily schedule to assist with any anxieties related to the withdrawal.

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Though music journalism is Bertram B. Joyner's main field of expertise, he enjoys writing about all subject matters and in all mediums from essays and novels to screenplays and poetry. His past work includes writing for an established New York-based music magazine and press releases for indie rock bands.