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Monday, September 25, 2017
Smoking and Tobacco
The patch and gum
Can anyone get the nicotine patch or gum?
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.
Margaret C Sweeney, MD
Formerly, Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati