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Nicotine Inhaler

Nicotine inhaler very much resembles a cigarette, and it is also inhaled in the same way as a cigarette after nicotine cartridges are inserted into it. This NRT is available only on prescription. You are required to use six to twelve cartridges a day, with each cartridge providing you three sessions of 20 minutes. It is a perfect therapy for smokers who miss the hand-to-mouth movement of smoking a cigarette.

Nicotine Inhaler Usage:
Before you start using the nicotine inhaler to help you quit smoking, you need to get the correct and complete information on its usage for the best results. Information on the usage of nicotine inhaler may be procured from reading the label or by just asking your local pharmacist. However following the directions of a qualified health provider is the best option.

Given below are some of the standard methods of nicotine inhaler usage:

  • The nicotine in the cartridge is released after a frequent puffing of over 20 minutes
  • You can either puff the nicotine in the cartridge all at once, or puff it for a few minutes till it gets over; follow the schedule that works best for you
  • Read the instructions of nicotine inhaler usage provided by the manufacturer, and try performing it in front of the doctor or the pharmacist till you get it right
  • Stick to the instructions of your doctor
  • Only your doctor can increase or decrease your dose
  • Your doctor may decrease the dose gradually after you have used the nicotine inhaler for 12 weeks
  • Inform your doctor if you haven't stopped smoking even after 4 weeks

Special Precautions:
Nicotine inhaler may not be a practicable and viable option for everyone trying to quit smoking. You may need to make a visit to a doctor before using nicotine inhaler if you have any of the following health or medical conditions:

  • If you are allergic to menthol, nicotine or any other medications
  • If you are taking any prescription or non-prescription medicines, vitamins, herbal products or nutritional supplements
  • If you are taking antidepressants like amoxapine, doxepin, clomipramine, amitriptyline, imipramine, trimipramine, theophylline, protriptyline etc
  • If you have had heart attack, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, overactive thyroid, insulin dependant diabetes, ulcers, liver and kidney problems, angina, Raynaud’s Phenomena, irregular heartbeat, Buerger’s disease etc in the recent past
  • If you are pregnant or a breastfeeding mother
  • Keep off smoking once you start using the inhaler as there are high chances of getting a nicotine overdose
  • If you are still suffering from any nicotine withdrawal symptoms in spite of using the nicotine inhaler

Side Effects
The oral inhalation of nicotine may cause serious as well as moderate side effects. You need to call emergency in the occurrence of serious side effects like rapid heart rate. However, it is always safe to consult a doctor if any of the following side effects of using the nicotine inhaler don’t go away:

  • Runny and stuffy nose
  • Taste alteration
  • Cough
  • Irritation of the mouth and the tongue
  • Dental problems
  • Headache
  • Body aches
  • Gas
  • Sinusitis
  • Tingling an burning sensation in the hand and feet


  • Any part of used or unused nicotine cartridges should be kept out of the reach of children and pets
  • You need to store the mouthpiece of the nicotine inhaler in the plastic storage case
  • Keep the cartridges away from heat and moisture
  • Learn the proper disposal methods of the inhaler from a pharmacist

At times, the excess intake of Nicotine Inhaler may lead to serious medical and health hazards like the inability to breathe or collapsing. You should consult a doctor if any of the following symptoms of nicotine inhaler overdose occurs:

  • vomiting or nausea
  • stomach ache
  • drooling
  • paleness
  • giddiness
  • cold sweat
  • diarrhea
  • hearing and vision problems
  • headache
  • fits or seizures
  • uncontrolled shaking
  • weakness
  • confusion

Brand names:

Nicotrol® Inhaler


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