//Nicotine Gum Side Effects: Stories From Long Term Users
Nicotine Gum Side Effects: Stories From Long Term Users 2017-08-20T13:26:16+00:00
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Nicotine Gum Side Effects: Stories From Long Term Users - Vaping Daily

Most medicines cause side effects, but the hope is that the medicine will give you more positive relief from your problem than side effects. 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.

Recommended: Cheaper and Healthier Alternative

We have many readers who are looking to get a new alternative to nicotine gum. The simple fact of the matter is that nicotine gum has plenty of negative side effects to using it (don’t believe us? Read more below…).

If you’re looking for more information on the side effects of nicotine gum, then read on!

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 entrepeneur 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 bloodsteam – 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 entrepeneur. 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.

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 upon 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.

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.


  1. Shayne
    Shayne November 29, 2017 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    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.

  2. anneke andrew
    anneke andrew December 2, 2017 at 4:49 am - Reply

    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.

  3. Beverly Reed
    Beverly Reed December 8, 2017 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    Can use of Nicorette gum cause hair loss?

  4. Beverly Reed
    Beverly Reed December 8, 2017 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    Can use of Nicorette gum cause hair loss?

    Can Nicorette gum cause high hemoglobin blood results?

  5. Ellen
    Ellen December 13, 2017 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    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?

  6. Pam Keeling
    Pam Keeling December 29, 2017 at 12:08 am - Reply

    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.

  7. Cheryl Knobodi
    Cheryl Knobodi March 4, 2018 at 12:19 am - Reply

    For several months I have suspected that I have become addicted to nicotine gum.
    I quit smoking in 2015 because my doctor refused to perform hip replacement surgery untilI I had not used cigarettes for three months.. Iused the nicotine gum to quit and was very happy with the results. I thought I would probably go back to smoking after the surgery, however I continued to chew the gum and was very unhappy when my doctor tried to wean me off the gum. I continued to use the gum, and now, three years later, I’ still chewing it. I’v lost so many teeth that I’m due to have the rest of them pulled before getting dentures. Sad. Very sad. And yet, I still wonder if I can chew gum with dentures.

  8. bill mckeown
    bill mckeown March 4, 2018 at 10:28 pm - Reply

    I have been smoke free foe over 4 years..but the GUM not so good..im chewing 40 pieces of 2mg gums a day and cant quit..if anyone has a remedy im all ears

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