Side Effects of Nicotine

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When examining quit options you may question whether you’ll need a nicotine replacement drug to help you along your path. The side effects of nicotine can be highly varied depending on the type of replacement product you use, how often and for how long you use the product and the strength of the dosage. Here are some nicotine replacement therapy drugs and what to expect specifically with each one:

Nicotine Spray

Burning or irritation of the mouth, nose and eyes, and changes in taste are a few of the most common side effects of nicotine spray. Surprisingly, acne is also listed as a common side effect from nicotine spray as well.

Nicotine Patch

Since the nicotine patch is applied directly on the skin, the nicotine may irritate the skin surrounding and underneath the area of application. This can be minimized by changing the application site.

Nicotine Lozenge

The symptoms here are similar to the nicotine gum. More often people experience upset stomach with the lozenge possibly due to the nicotine entering into the digestive tract.

Any of these products can cause vivid dreams or nightmares, difficulty sleeping, nervousness, dry mouth, joint pain, muscle pain or weakness and sweating in the short term. Some long term users have experienced side effects such as hair loss and increased blood pressure. Because nicotine is considered a poison, there could be other unknown side effects of long term use. This is also not a complete list of side effects; see the package insert or talk to your doctor for a complete list of possible side effects you may experience using nicotine containing drugs.

Certainly if you are using a combination of these products, you increase the likelihood of experiencing overdose symptoms which may include heart palpitations and dizziness. Since symptoms vary from person to person, if you experience these or any other symptoms, be sure to contact your doctor or hospital right away. Nicotine overdose requires emergency medical attention. Also seek emergency medical attention if you experience allergic symptoms such as hives, difficulty breathing or swelling of the face or tongue, or the symptoms are severe.


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