Nicotine Gum Side Effects: Stories From Long Term Users


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Most medicines cause side effects, but the hope is that the medicine will give you more positive relief from your problem than side effects. The best vapes make you feel like you are smoking a cigarette without any of the negative consequences, but it is still not 100% safe or without risks. Unfortunately, after reading a lot of personal stories and research studies, we don’t think this is the case when it comes to nicotine gum.

There have been many reports of side effects, both short and long-term, by nicotine gum users. They range from the bizarre (crazy dreams) to the very scary (hair loss, stomach ulcers). We’ve collected some information on some of the reported side effects of chewing nicotine gum.

 

Nausea and nightmares

Nicotine gum has been said to have caused nausea and uncomfortable stomach pains. ‘I actually smoked when I used the gum. A lot of the time I felt the need to throw up’ a 25-year-old entrepreneur claims. One of the main problems with the nicotine gum, he argues, is that there is far too much nicotine within it. This sends the body into shock and causes nausea. This is the body’s response when there are toxins in your bloodstream – you get a similar reaction if you drink too much alcohol.

The worse complaint I hear is people experiencing nightmares or strange dreams’. Says a male entrepreneur. He adds that he suffered from such problems himself whilst on the nicotine gum and this made it very difficult to sleep. Sleep deprivation can also cause a multitude of health problems in the future, which is why some people use vape oil pens to help them sleep.

Addiction and long-term use

The issue with nicotine is that it is incredibly addictive, and though supermarkets leave a warning on the product to not use for more than 12 weeks, some people become dependent on them for years. ‘I also personally know people who have used them [nicotine gum] for years and have experienced stomach problems, high blood pressure, borderline glaucoma and hair loss’ says a 67-year-old wife and mother. All these complications disappeared when they stopped using the gum.

She had been smoking for over thirty years and only managed to quit with the help of the nicotine patch and nicotine gum.

I have now been smoke-free for a decade, but not gum free. It took me years more to get over that addiction, and my experience is far from unique.’

Her personal struggle with fighting the addiction of the nicotine gum made it very difficult for her to come off of the nicotine replacement therapy. Compared to the nicotine patch (which we do recommend), the nicotine gum seemed to take a much larger toll on her health:

I threw out all my cigarettes one night and slapped the patch on. After four weeks on the patch, I decided to use nicotine gum instead, figuring that I would taper off even more on the gum till I was using no nicotine replacement at all.

It didn’t happen. Like any addict, I stopped counting how many pieces of gum I chewed. I kept buying my supply and ignoring the fact that it was taking more and more of the substance to satisfy me. I got so bad that I liked the taste and looked forward to my lozenges the way I had once enjoyed cigarettes. I told myself that it was OK to keep using my lozenges and gum because at least I wasn’t smoking.’

Various Other Health Problems

Nicotine gum also causes various other health issues that develop after long-term use. ‘I’ve been on the gum for about three years, after quitting smoking 20 years ago. My left eye has gotten worse and worse in the last few years and has resulted in my getting glasses and I’ve had four teeth pulled. I use up to 20 pieces of gum per day.’ says a 44-year-old musician. These health problems may not be connected to the gum, though most seem to appear once the gum is used as a long-term therapy.

Chewing nicotine gum can also cause complications on your skin and make it very uncomfortable and unattractive. A 58-year-old software engineer claims that a year ago he quit smoking and relied on nicotine gum instead: ‘My face had become horribly dry during the last year. At various times I would get pimples on my face which would leave scars – I now have 11. I now have reddish skin with white dots upon the rash.’ After visiting three different dermatologists, they could not determine what was causing such an outbreak.

High Blood Sugar

Some diabetic patients who quit smoking because of its destructive effects which aggravate effects of diabetes were put on NRT. For some time that apparently helped, however, many people have complained of a rise in blood sugar levels with the consistent use of nicotine gums.

A 38-year-old veteran, who is also a diabetic patient, sent us an email with his concerns about nicotine gums, “I have presented compliance with my diabetes treatment; however, my FBS is constantly rising. Should I quit using nicotine gum as well? Because this is the only way I can help, restore better health.”

Psycho-Stimulation

The human body has nicotine receptors which act on nerves and muscle fibers, their main effect on the brain is that of excitation and in this way nicotine excites the brain and when such stimulation is continuous the brain cells start firing up abnormally. “I have become irritable, and I have started having panic attacks recently. When I was informed by my doctor that I was developing a lung infection, I switched from cigarettes to nicotine gum. Since then, I have been unable to concentrate on my work, and it has affected my memory as well,” says a 40-year-old journalist in one of his articles.

Hair Loss

This change has started giving anxiety attacks to the ladies all over the world with nicotine gum use. “My hair was gorgeous and thick before, even when I was smoking, yet ever since I have started chewing nicotine, my hair fall has increased ten times than the usual. I am anxious that I will go bald if I don’t stop using the gum. Can anyone suggest me some better alternatives than nicotine gum.” says a 31-year-old model in a TV interview.

Wrapping Up

Nicotine gum may seem like an easy and simple way of quitting smoking, and it’s definitely the most popular “nicotine replacement” product on the market. But we urge you to look at the side effects and horror stories and think before trying the gum. but there are other options that you can use which are arguably healthier. We particularly like nicotine patches and electronic cigarettes because of their lack of side effects and promising potential.


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James Bickford
I'm James - a bearded magician as I'm labeled on the Instagram. I'm deeply engaged in the vaping culture. The best vaporizers are always a must-have at my barbershop. I know vaping stuff and aspire to show it to the world.
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  1. I agree, Nicorette Gum is addictive. I have been using the gum for 12 months now and I am finding it incredibly difficult to give up.
    I don’t however believe for one second that electronic cigarettes are healthier for you. For starters, they are not regulated and there is no evidence to say they are safe. Who knows what is in these little bottles of liquid vape you can buy at pound shops. E Cig shops constantly open up then vanish without a trace. Furthermore, I know people who use E Cigs and have been using them for 2 plus years. I don’t believe any nicotine replacement used for a long period of time is safe.

  2. This is like trump science, my neighbor’s daughter’s boyfriend’s aunt said that nicotine gum gave her herpes so you should put completely non fda approved chemicals into your lungs.
    I think it’s pretty clear that vaping is safer than smoking cigarettes. Maybe they are correct that nicotine gum has adverse consequences such as described but when offering evidence to support an argument could you please use verifiable sources instead of random unprovable anecdotes?

  3. I am addicted to nicotine gum. Of course I wish I wasn’t but I think that the warnings regards their use are a little over the top. I’m 75 and have used it regularly for 7 years and do not recognize having any of the side effects you read about.

  4. My husband chewed the nicotine gum for years and chewed more than he should have per day. Now that he has stopped, it’s been about a month and he is so achy all over he can hardly sleep… not sure what he should do about it. Wonderoif loading up on vitamins can help him. He’s 66 years old!

  5. I’ve quit several times. This time it going to work lol. I chew nicotine gum. I recommend it. However there are things you should know. Nicotine is a stimulant to your digestive system. Chewing nicotine gum like a cow can cause diarrhea and stomach cramps. The gum is intended to be chewed a few times then parked in your mouth. Then chew again. Chewing nicotine gum like normal gum dis not recommended. The juices from the gum will cause stomach discomforts if you don’t follow the recommended procedures.
    I have never heard not have I experienced nightmares from nicotine gum.
    I started out chewing 4mg tablets and then I’ve dropped to 2mg tablets. My physician said that nicotine gum isn’t the best thing in the world to be chewing ;However it’s far better then smoking.

  6. have just read all above stories and I am starting to feel exactly as other people. I am now in my late sixties and very active , healthy and I look very good. I have been taking nicorettes 2mg for at least 10 years now and just cannot get off it. I panicked when once there was no stock in the stores. I am getting trembles, especially in the middle of the night. I wake up at 2.00 am, get my gum, read a book, because I am wide awake. My biggest issue is the trembling and not sleeping and I start to believe that it is caused by Nicorette. I tried normal gums, but it has no effect and will follow with a Nicorette. It really worries me and have now decided to stop if I can. If there is any advise out there, I would appreciate that.

  7. My mom has developed horrid issues on the skin of her arms, has terrible headaches, and is constantly sick on her stomach. What are your comments about headaches and the gum?

  8. I have been addicted to nigotett gum since 2003. Very addicted. I have had dental issues. Tremors. Muscle weakness. I would tell anyone if you want to stop smoking your better off to go cold turkey. The gum addiction to me is worse than cigarette addiction. I pray one day I will throw this gum out the door. Easier said than done.

  9. I’ve been addicted to nicotine gum for 25 years I usually chew 3 4mg pieces at a time and I chew all day long. I just went cold turkey and quit 6 days ago. It is brutal. I haven’t had any of the side effects that people posted. Costco has the best deal as far as pieces, money ratio. Will keep you posted on my progress

  10. Hello…My name is Gwyn…and I am a nicotine gum addict…(there should be a 12 step program, for real. I have chewed nic gum for 2 years now. I have become a pro at peeling the little corner back to get to my nicotine treat. The side effect I have experienced is horrible dental problems…(in the process of getting dentures at this time, actually.

  11. I have been using nicotex for over like 4 yrs…its difficult to explain…but believe me all the above reviews are true..rigjt from.hair loss to gum and teeth oroblems

  12. I’ve been using Nicoette gum every now and then when I tried to quit smoking, and when I try to reduce my smoking intake.. VERY ADDICTIVE. At some times I used to pop up a gum after smoking because the nicotine hit from the gum was stronger than smoking..
    Anyway it caused me stomach problems and I have to see a doctor and took antibiotics and then decided to throw the gum and continue smoking!!

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