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   Posted 12/29/2013 10:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been reading posts here since I was diagnosed with UC 2 years ago, and finally decided to become active since I cannot find my answer on here.

I am currently flaring and also quitting smoking. Has anyone had any problems with Nicorette Gum? I've been quitting smoking for the last few months but the Gum also creates an urgency to go. I'd love to hear anyone's experience and advise.

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Date Joined Nov 2013
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   Posted 12/30/2013 2:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I quit smoking in March (chantix) and got my UC in June. (Still flaring)

In august/September I did have about half a cigarette 2-3 times which caused immediate urgency. I also had a cigarette in early November and had no urgency from it.

The urgency I experienced reminded me of a coffee poop. Or now if I have caffeine in any form. I believe its the stimulant of smoking that creates the urgency. In November I also had a drink. So maybe the depressant of that stopped the stimulant urge to poo.

As much as I would never suggest to NOT quit smoking... it may be easiest to wait until you get this flare cleared up. Though im sure puffing a cig would have that same effect the gum gives you.

The only tool to quit smoking that doesn't give you the nicotine that is going to stimulate your bowels is probably Chantix.
Katie - 27
Started June 24th, 2013; Colonoscopy July 9th; diagnosed UC July 11th Prednisone 20mg/day, Lialda, 4.2g - July - October --did not achieve full submission.

Current medications: Prednisone 30mg, balsalazide 3 750mg caps × 3x a day. Zoloft 200mg, Centrum Plus under 40 multi vitamin. FloraJen and another probiotic. B vitamin complex, ginger root, Curcumin 4g

Allergic to Sulfas.
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