Nicotine: Therapeutic use

Last modified: Saturday, 20. June 2009 - 1:14 pm

Nicotine is most often used in replacement therapy for tobacco addiction, but also has some potential uses to treat other conditions. It has been helpful in stopping bleeding in ulcerative colitis. Nicotine gum is being tested in conjunction with Tourette syndrome where it has been seen to lessen the severity and frequency of tics. Nicotine may reduce tremors in Parkinson’s patients because it increases dopamine levels, which are reduced in these patients. It also improves attention in Alzheimer’s patients. Nicotine is being studied for its effect on dystonias (movement disorders), chronic pain syndrome, sleep apnea, ulcers, attention deficit disorder, obesity, and chronic inflammatory skin disorders as well.

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