Nicotine Gum: FSA Eligibility
What is nicotine gum?
Nicotine gum is a smoking cessation product. It's a chewable gum that contains nicotine which is released upon chewing in the mouth. Nicotine gum should not be chewed continuously like normal gum. Instead, nicotine gum should be chewed and then held against the cheek and gum for a short period, then chewed again, etc. Nicotine gum releases nicotine when chewed, and the nicotine is absorbed through the tissues of the cheek and gum. If the nicotine gum is chewed continuously, then the nicotine will be swallowed with the increased saliva produced due to the chewing action. Swallowing nicotine with saliva can cause an upset stomach, headache, and nausea (MedlinePlus).
Nicotine gum can be prescribed as part of a smoking cessation program. The smoking cessation program may include other nicotine supplements such as patches, pills, etc.
Nicotine gum is sold in a variety of Over-the-Counter (OTC) packages by several different brands. A medical professional will prescribe a specific strength and usage amount of a nicotine gum based on the individual's previous smoking habit. Nicotine gum provides nicotine to the user's bloodstream, and therefore the same health concerns will arise from the use of nicotine gum as with cigarettes, excepting the risks and damages resulting from inhaling burned plant matter.