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Smoking and Tobacco

The patch and gum

05/26/1998

Question:

Can anyone get the nicotine patch or gum?

Answer:

The nicotine patch and nicotine gum are available over the counter to adults without a prescription. It is important to be aware that these are considered medicines, and therefore, need to be kept out of the reach of children.

Accidental poisoning is a very common cause of emergency room visits. Nicotine is harmful if swallowed, leading to poisoning in children, and death in toddlers under the age of two.

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Response by:

Margaret C Sweeney, MD
Formerly, Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati