I'm currently using nicotine in the form of an e-cig to control my Ulcerative Colitis (an inflammatory bowel disease). I've been using it for a little over a year with my doctor's approval. This is the only thing that has had a significant impact on my symptoms. I'm also on one prescription med as well as a diet that works for me (created by myself after MUCH food journaling). Neither of those things ever made a huge difference, but I stick with them.
I really have no way of knowing how much nicotine I'm getting, I just use it throughout the day. Don't know how much it would compare to in terms of number of cigarettes or anything like that.
After I had been using it for about 8 weeks or so, I tried to taper down to a lower dose and symptoms returned.
It's possible that more healing has taken place in the last year, so I'll be trying to taper down again and see what happens.
I've run across a few nicotine studies with results saying things along the lines of nicotine replacement being better than cigs in regards to premature birth, low birth weight etc., but I'm also concerned with studies (in rats) that show a direct link to the offspring of the nicotine-exposed mother having issues with glucose and having fewer pancreas cells. And, I can't find it any more, but is there also a link to nicotine and an increased risk of the placenta detaching?
On the flip side, if I cut back or quit and my symptoms return, there are also risks if I were to have a flare up while pregnant, the chance that going back on the nicotine may not get me out of the flare, and if that were to happen the stronger prescription drugs are much worse than nicotine.
I'm not pregnant yet, but figured this would be the best place to post since my main concern would be use during a future pregnancy.
Any thoughts? Any studies you know of that are NOT related to actual smoking or tobacco use?