Nicotine Side Effects

This article will discuss some of the most common side effects observed in consumers of Nicotine patch and gums.
Through a series of continuous research, it has been proven that Nicotine is highly addictive and it yields various adverse effects on the health of the consumers. For any tobacco-based product, the main ingredient is Nicotine and the regular consumption of nicotine-rich products, results in the initial need of it, then paving the way for dependence and eventually triggering the consumer to consume Nicotine in more volumes. As the volume of consumption enhances, the consumer makes him/her more vulnerable to various health hazards that can arise from it. Paragraphs underneath shall discuss about Nicotine Side effects as well throw light on the probable effects that can arise from Nicotine gum, patches as well as other products, containing Nicotine.


Why People get enslaved to the Addiction & Ignore the Nicotine Side Effects:

While discussing about the Nicotine Side Effects, the point that should come up, ahead of others is that it develops a feeling of dependence on it. This is just like you become a slave to your senses and losing control over it. As your brain receives nicotine, it will create a pathway that will give you a feeling of calmness and happiness. These feelings will provoke you to smoke all the more and as the extent of supply of Nicotine enhances this way, it goes to an infinite chain. Eventually, you will reach to a stage, wherein it will turn impossible for you to refrain from smoking for a few hours itself.

However, don’t assume that the side effects of Nicotine are restricted to the mental phase only. Rather, it leaves its influence on your brain and body and in the majority of the instances; situations can get to an alarming instance, if adequate care is not extended at the right time. Hence, it will make sense to discuss about the most common as well as some rare instances of Nicotine side effects. In this regard, it will be worthy to state that, though, smokers are most severely affected by Nicotine; there are Nicotine patch side effects as well as the side effects of Nicotine gum.


What are the Most Common Side Effects of Nicotine?

Side Effects of Nicotine can cause irregular of heartbeat.
Side Effects of Nicotine can cause irregular of heartbeat.
Nicotine Side effects, most commonly observed in consumers are, blurred vision, dried skin, feeling of dizziness, headache as well as feeling of nervousness. Sometimes, one can encounter instances like pounding in the ear. In addition, though, much rarer, the scopes for Nicotine Side effects includes drastic or irregularity of heartbeat, as well as instances like appearance of red patches on the skin as well as its swelling. Hives, and itching sensation also deserve inclusion to this list.

As for the symptoms that are observed in instance of overdose includes drastic heartbeat, vomiting or nausea, feeling of weakness as well as dizziness. Thus, depending on the extent of substance abuse, different sets of side effects are observed in different cases. On the whole, the overall scopes of Nicotine side effects include shattering of the comfort and convenience level, as well as exposure to various health hazards.

One of the key points that deserve a special mention in this context is the Nicotine side effects that can arise if an expecting mother is developing the habit of regular intake of Nicotine in any form. It comes out of research conducted on expecting mother that such habits can take a toll on the health and well being of the mother as well as the unborn baby. Thus, in such instances, Nicotine side effects can result in severe complications of pregnancy. Hence, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers are advised to refrain from the consumption of nicotine in any form.

Side Effects of Nicotine - Raise blood pressure
Side Effects of Nicotine can also raise the blood pressure levels.
In this regard, a study by Kenneth E. Clarke and Donna S. Lambers will be relevant to refer. As per this study, Nicotine paves the way to rise in the blood pressure level in pregnant women and it enhances the risks of damages to the fetus. If was found that Nicotine could readily gain access to the fetal of a woman via the placenta, raising the concentrations in the fetal higher by 15% higher than maternal levels. In addition, it can even affect the central nervous system, triggering troubles with the Hormones and muscles. On the other hand, even if the lady manages to give birth to the baby, there are chances that the usual development getting disturbed.

Thus, the side effects of Nicotine are manifold and it actually depends on the extent of consumption as well as the span for intake.


Side Effects of Nicotine Patch:

Nicotine Patch Side Effects
Nicotine Patches users can sometimes experience excessive dried skin.
Speaking about the possible side effects of Nicotine patch, the outcomes are manifold and it is not common that all people will suffer from the exact same types of problems. Anxiety, constipation, dizziness and diarrhea are the most commonly observed outcomes. However, in other cases, it has been observed that one is suffering from troubles like the feeling of fatigue, troubles with one’s sleeping partner as well as irritability. You should also include instances like headache and upset stomach troubles in this list.

If nicotine patch side effects are left unattended and you let it intensify, you can start experiencing troubles like chest pain, heart palpitations, as well as mild to acute troubles with the skin. For the unlucky ones, the adverse effects can result in severe allergic troubles and tremors.

As observed in a few other cases, consumption of Nicotine patches has triggered troubles with the usual mechanism for hearing and audibility. Excessive dried skin is commonly observed with parties affected by adverse Nicotine side effects.

The most severe of the Nicotine side effects of using a nicotine patch is the development of high dependence. As observed by a study made by Erric T. Moolchan and his team, who found that although people assume that consumption of Nicotine products will enable them to satisfy the craving for Nicotine, and escape the adverse effects of smoking, as a matter fact, such items develop a similar pathway as smoking, and eventually creates the similar extent of dependence on Nicotine that ultimately gets to the extent of substance abuse. It came up to the team in the course of the study that the adverse effects of consuming such items, makes the consumer vulnerable to all those challenges that arises with uncontrolled smoking habits. Thus, you can never ever give a complete clean chit to the apparently innocent nicotine patches, after you review these side effects of nicotine patch.


Side Effects of Nicotine Gum:

Side Effects of Nicotine Gum
Side effects of Nicotine gum can commonly make people feel sick.
Nicotine Gum is yet another common item that people start consuming, after giving up the habit of smoking. Though people assume that it is absolutely safe to consume these items, it comes out of the research that there can be manifold adverse side effects of Nicotine gum use. The following are the key points that can be accounted in this regard:

As the type and extent of Nicotine gum side effects vary from one instance to another, it will make sense to categorize all such outcomes into some groups, depending on their commonness.

  • Side effects of Nicotine gum most commonly observed: feeling sick, mild to severe headache, disturbances of the stomach, cough and hiccups are the most commonly observed troubles, observed in 9-out-of-10 cases. In addition, cough is another very common effect of addiction to Nicotine gum. Keep in mind that these troubles will keep on intensifying as you continue with the consumption. Hence, if you have to seek a complete solution to such troubles, the only way is to give up the addiction to the nicotine gum as well as taking nicotine in all forms.

  • Headaches and Dizziness are also Side Effects of Nicotine.
    Headaches and Dizziness are also Side Effects of Nicotine.
    Though not that common as the observations made in the previous case, other scopes of gum Nicotine side effects are dizziness, dry & sore mouth, inflammation inside the mouth, enhanced salivation and vomiting tendencies are a few of the troubles that can attack the consumers of nicotine gums. In some other instances, one can feel tingling sensations as well. These troubles attack only 1 to 10% of the consumers and once it attacks, it is capable enough to completely demolish your well being. If left uncontrolled, these instances can intensify to make a living almost impossible. Thus, these are enough reasons for you to quit the habit of chewing Nicotine gums.
  • Going to the extent of some troubles that are rarely seen as consequences of Nicotine gum consumption, the list will include aching of the jaw muscle, inflammation and sore of the tongue as well as blisters, appearing in the mouth. In addition, the following Nicotine gum side effects are observed in some rare cases:

  • Skin troubles like appearance of allergy and rash

  • The rate of sweating can go to some alarming extent

  • Excessive rise in the level of blood pressure

  • Breath short-ness

  • Flushing

  • Feeling weak and exhausted.

Speaking about the brutal side effects of consuming nicotine in any form, following profile of individuals stands the maximum threats and challenges:

  • Individuals suffering from peptic ulcers or other troubles with the liver.

  • People having inflamed stomach

  • Diabetic patients.

  • Individuals having issues with the Cardiac health or cardiovascular systems.

  • People suffering from over and under secretion of Thyroxin

  • Pregnant mothers.

  • Issues with the adrenaline gland

  • People suffering from any troubles with the Kidney

These people should refrain the consumption of Nicotine in any form, may it be gums, patches or smoking.

From the discussion made above, you can figure out that some problems are common with the consumers of Nicotine in all forms. Hence, it should give you an alarm about the Nicotine side effects and should be able to motivate you for refraining from the consumption of Nicotine in all the probable state. As you can make out that consumption of Nicotine in patches or as gums creates the same pathway for developing dependence, it is advised that you should not try to content yourself with the apparent incense of these items. Rather, stay away from Nicotine on the whole and ensure a happy and healthy life.



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Year: 2005
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By: R Wickström
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Book By: Richard Balon
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