Quit Smoking Medication: Nicotine Nasal Spray (Nicotrol)

A quit smoking medication like the nasal spray (Nicotrol) is one of the stop smoking products available by prescription only. This medicine contains nicotine and is sprayed into each nostril for absorption.

Many people don't understand why you would want to use a nicotine product when trying to quit smoking. The nicotine in cigarettes is extremely addicting. In fact, the tobacco companies have added the perfect concoction of chemicals to be sure that you get the most nicotine absorbed with each puff; ensuring you are addicted. By using an NRT, like nicotine nasal spray, you are helping to wean yourself off of the nicotine, the physically addicting component.

This quit smoking medication consists of a .5mg spray delivered to each nostril (1mg total).Recommendations are to start with 1-2 doses per hour, increasing as needed with no more than 40 doses per day for three to six months. Always follow the advice and prescribing information from your health care provider.

Problems with the nasal spray usually relate to irritation of nose but are often mild. Do not sniff, swallow, or inhale while administering a dose as this may increase irritation.

Other Precautions:

  • Do not smoke while using the nasal spray (or use other nicotine containing products);
  • The safety of using nicotine replacement therapy during pregnancy is unproven - consult with your provider;
  • Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and pets.
While this medication can be an effective tool to help you stop smoking, it works best when used as a part of a quit smoking program. For complete prescribing information, consult your doctor or pharmacist. And, always consult with your doctor before making any health care decisions.

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