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How to Use Nicotine Nasal Spray and Nicotine Inhaler

How to Use Nicotine Nasal Spray

Nicotrol NS

Directions: Use nicotine nasal spray at the beginning of an urge to smoke. Do not sniff, swallow, or inhale while spraying. Tilt head slightly back while spraying. Wait two or three minutes before blowing your nose. Nicotine nasal spray is best absorbed through the lining of the nose, and it is not absorbed in the lungs.

Dose: 1mg (one spray [0.5mg] in each nostril) at each application. Starting dose is one or two applications per hour (minimum of 8 applications per day and maximum of 40 per day). Do not use more than five times in one hour.

Side effects: Nose and throat irritation, coughing, sneezing, nose running, eyes watering. These side effects usually lessen after using the spray for the first few days.

How to Use Nicotine Inhaler

Nicotrol Inhaler

Description: The nicotine inhaler kit includes a plastic, reusable mouthpiece with nicotine impregnated plugs that are inserted into the mouthpiece for use. A better term for this product would be nicotine "puffer" since the nicotine is delivered through the lining of the mouth rather than the lungs.

Directions: Separate the plastic mouthpiece into two parts. Place one nicotine cartridge into the mouthpiece and reassemble. Pushing the two pieces back together breaks the seal on either end of the cartridge. Puff on the mouthpiece when you experience a craving for a cigarette or begin to feel other withdrawal symptoms. Do not drink beverages just before or during use. The puffer is not as effective in cold weather.

Dose: Usual dose 6-12 cartridges per day. Use at least 6 cartridges a day for the first 3-6 weeks. Puff one cartridge for 5 minutes x 4. Gradually taper use as withdrawal symptoms are reduced.

Side effects: Throat irritation, coughing, headaches.

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