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Nicotine Usage

Nicotine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while using nicotine:

Less common
  • Fast or irregular heartbeat
  • fever with or without chills
  • headache
  • nausea with or without vomiting
  • runny nose
  • shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, trouble with breathing, or wheezing
  • skin rash, itching, or hives
  • tearing of the eyes

Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while using nicotine:

Symptoms of overdose
  • Abdominal or stomach pain
  • cold sweat
  • confusion
  • convulsions (seizures)
  • disturbed hearing and vision
  • drooling
  • extreme exhaustion
  • pale skin
  • slow heartbeat
  • tremors

Some side effects of nicotine may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away as your body adjusts to the nicotine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common
  • Acid or sour stomach
  • belching
  • coughing
  • heartburn
  • indigestion
  • mouth and throat irritation
  • stomach discomfort, upset, or pain
  • stuffy nose
Less common
  • Anxiety
  • back pain
  • change in taste
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • feeling of burning, numbness, tightness, tingling, warmth, or heat
  • feelings of drug dependence
  • flu-like symptoms
  • general pain
  • hiccups
  • mental depression
  • pain in the jaw and neck
  • pain in the muscles
  • passing of gas
  • problems with teeth
  • trouble with sleeping
  • unusual tiredness or weakness