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Boots NicAssist Minty Fresh 4 mg Gum
Boots NicAssist Minty Fresh Gum
Boots NicAssist Minty Fresh 2 mg Gum
Boots NicAssist Minty Fresh 4 mg Gum
This medicine is available without prescription to help relieve and/or prevent unpleasant withdrawal symptoms and cravings for nicotine when you are trying to give up smoking or for when you can’t or don’t want to smoke cigarettes. However, you need to use it carefully to get the best results from it.
This medicine contains nicotine which belongs to a group of medicines called nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). It acts to substitute the nicotine that you normally get from cigarettes and can be used to relieve and/or prevent unpleasant withdrawal symptoms and cravings for nicotine when you are stopping smoking, cutting down or for when you can’t or don’t want to smoke cigarettes.
It can be used to relieve the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal and to relieve and/or prevent the cravings for nicotine that you get:
This medicine can also be used when you are pregnant or breastfeeding to help you stop smoking, as the risk to your baby when using this product is far less than if you continue to smoke. For more information see “Other important information”.
When you stop smoking, cut down, or you can’t or don’t want to smoke, your body misses the nicotine that you have been getting from the smoke. You may experience unpleasant feelings and a strong desire to smoke (“craving”).
This shows that you are dependent on nicotine. When you use the gum, nicotine is released and passes into your body through the lining of your mouth. The nicotine is sufficient to relieve and/or prevent the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. It will also help to relieve and/or prevent your craving to smoke but will not give you the “buzz” you get from a cigarette.
You should always aim to stop smoking completely whilst using the gum. To help you cut down or stop smoking completely you should also try to use a behavioural support programme to increase your chances of successfully stopping smoking.
For the best effect, ensure that you use Boots NicAssist Minty Fresh Gum correctly – see “How to use the gum”.
The benefits of stopping smoking far outweigh any potential risk from using nicotine from NRT. It is the toxins in cigarette smoke such as tar, lead, cyanide and ammonia that cause smoking related disease and death, not the nicotine.
This medicine can be used by adults and children of 12 years and over. However, some people should not use this medicine or should seek the advice of their pharmacist or doctor first.
If you are pregnant: You should try to stop smoking without using NRT.
However, if you still need help to stop smoking, you can use this product as the risk to your baby is far less than if you continue to smoke. You should talk to your pharmacist, nurse or doctor for more advice.
NRT products that are used intermittently, such as this one, may be preferable to nicotine patches. However, if you feel sick or are sick (morning sickness) the patches may be better for you. If you do use nicotine patches they should be taken off before bedtime.
If you are breastfeeding: You should try to stop smoking without using NRT.
However, if you still need help to stop smoking, it is recommended that you use NRT products that are used intermittently, not patches. You should talk to your pharmacist, nurse or doctor for more advice.
Breastfeeding your baby just before you use the gum makes sure that your baby gets the smallest amount of nicotine possible.
The amount of nicotine that your baby may receive when you are using the gum or other NRT products is much smaller and less harmful than the second-hand smoke they would inhale if you smoked. Tobacco smoke causes breathing and other health problems in babies and children. If your husband, partner or other family members smoke too, try to get them to give up with you.
Nicotine products and children: Nicotine can be very dangerous to children. The amount of nicotine tolerated by adults and adolescents can make children very ill, and can sometimes be fatal. Do not leave your gum where children may get hold of it.
Some of the ingredients can cause problems: The chewing gum base contains butylated hydroxytoluene (E321), an anti-oxidant. May cause local skin reactions (e.g. contact dermatitis) or irritation to the eyes and mucous membranes.
Information about some of the ingredients in this medicine: This medicine contains less than 1 mmol sodium (23 mg) in each chewing gum, that is to say essentially ‘sodium - free’.
Before you use this medicine, make sure that you tell your pharmacist about ANY other medicines you might be using at the same time, particularly the following:
When you stop smoking or reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke, your metabolism slows down. This can mean that some medicines may stay in your body longer than usual.
If you take any medicine on a regular basis, tell your doctor that you intend to stop smoking or reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke and follow his or her advice about these other medicines.
Check the foil is not broken before use. If it is, do not use that gum.
Read all of the following information carefully before using the gum:
The strength and number of gums you use each day will depend on how many cigarettes you smoke and how strong they are.
However, the 2 mg gum will also be useful for heavier smokers as they gradually start to reduce the strength and number of gums they use each day.
When making an attempt to stop smoking completely behavioural therapy, advice and support will normally improve the success rate.
If you smoke 20 cigarettes are fewer per day: Use one 2mg gum as required to relieve and/or prevent cravings
If you smoke more than 20 cigarettes per day: Use one 4mg gum as required to relieve and/or prevent cravings
Use only one piece of gum at a time.
Don’t use more than 15 gums per day.
You should always aim to stop smoking completely whilst using the gums.
If you are unable to reduce the strength or number of gums you are using you should ask for help and advice from a pharmacist, nurse or doctor.
Do not give this medicine to children under 12 years of age.
The method of chewing Boots NicAssist Minty Fresh Gum is not the same as for ordinary chewing gum. If the gum is chewed all the time (continuously), the nicotine is released too quickly and is swallowed. This may irritate your throat, upset your stomach or give you hiccups.
The gum should be chewed and then rested to release the nicotine, which is taken in through the lining of the mouth.
If you have false teeth you may have difficulty chewing the gum as it may stick to them, and on rare occasions, damage dentures. If you experience a problem, other types of nicotine replacement therapy such as a skin patch, inhalator, lozenge or microtab may be more suitable for you.
1 Chew slowly until taste becomes strong
2 Rest the gum between your gums and cheek
3 For about the next half an hour, when the taste fades, chew the gum again. After this time the gum will have lost its strength and you should dispose of it carefully
If you use too many gums: You may get the following – nausea (feeling sick), vomiting, increased salivation, pain in your stomach, diarrhoea, sweating, headache, dizziness, hearing disturbance, weakness. If this happens stop using the gums and do not smoke.
Contact a doctor or hospital casualty department straight away. Take the medicine and this leaflet with you.
If a child under 12 accidentally uses, swallows, sucks or chews some of this medicine take them to casualty immediately. Take the medicine and this leaflet with you. Nicotine ingestion by a child may cause severe poisoning.
Most people can use this medicine without any problems but sometimes you may notice some side effects. Many of these effects are due to nicotine, they may also happen when you smoke.
Effects related to stopping smoking (nicotine withdrawal)
You may experience unwanted effects because by stopping smoking or using the gums when you are unable to smoke you have reduced the amount of nicotine you are getting.
You may also experience these effects if you use too few gums before you are ready to reduce your nicotine intake.
These effects include:
You may also get these effects if you are not used to inhaling tobacco when you smoke. You may be able to relieve these effects by using the gums less often.
These effects include:
Very common side effects:
(more than 1 in every 10 people are affected)
Common side effects:
(less than 1 in every 10 people are affected)
Uncommon side effects:
(less than 1 in every 100 people are affected)
Rare side effects:
(less than 1 in every 1,000 people are affected)
Very rare side effects:
(less than 1 in 10,000 people are affected)
Side effects with an unknown frequency:
When you stop smoking you may also develop mouth ulcers. The reason why this happens is unknown.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed on this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
Do not store above 25°C.
Keep this medicine in a safe place out of the sight and reach of children and animals, preferably in a locked cupboard. Nicotine in high amounts can be very dangerous and sometimes fatal if used or swallowed by children.
Store the gum in the original pack.
Use by the date on the foil or the end flap of the carton. After this date return any unused product to your nearest pharmacy for safe disposal.
Dispose of any used gum sensibly.
This pack contains 30, 105 or 210 pieces of medicated chewing gum in blister strips of 15’s. Each gum contains nicotine 2 mg or nicotine 4 mg, which is the active ingredient.
As well as the active ingredient, the gum also contains chewing gum base (containing butylated hydroxytoluene E321), xylitol, peppermint oil, sodium carbonate, polacrilin, acacia, titanium dioxide (E171), acesulfame potassium, menthol, carnauba wax, magnesium oxide, talc.
The 2 mg gum also contains sodium bicarbonate. The 4 mg gum also contains quinoline yellow (E104).
None of the gums contain sugar (sucrose) or animal products.
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Leaflet prepared January 2021
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