Nicorette (nicotine polacrilex)
The following drug information is obtained from various newswires, published
medical journal articles, and medical conference presentations.
Nicorette has been approved as an over-the-counter (OTC) aid in
smoking cessation. The OTC nicotine gum product will be available
in the same dosage strengths as the prescription product.
Nicorette relieves withdrawal symptoms by providing a temporary
alternative source of nicotine, thereby easing the transition for
an individual committed to smoking cessation. The nicotine in
Nicorette reaches the bloodstream more gradually and at lower doses
than delivered by cigarettes. While Nicorette controls withdrawal
symptoms, thus addressing the physical addiction of smoking, the
individual works to control the social and psychological aspects of
the smoking habit.
The OTC version of Nicorette will be available in prescription
strengths of 2 mg and 4 mg.