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Nicorette (generically known as Nicotine Polacrilex) is a medication used to aid individuals over the age of 18 in their efforts to quit smoking. It can help reduce symptoms of nicotine withdrawal such as restlessness, irritability, mood swings, and increased appetite by providing a replacement for nicotine that is no longer being received through cigarettes.
The inhaler contains a cartridge filled with nicotine that is released when the user draws air through the mouthpiece. It works by delivering a controlled amount of nicotine in the form of a vapor to alleviate the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. The nicotine is absorbed through the lining of the mouth and throat, and the user can control the amount of nicotine they receive by adjusting how deeply they inhale.
Over time, the goal is to gradually reduce the dosage until the user no longer experiences cravings for nicotine. The Nicorette Inhaler is more effective when used in combination with a comprehensive smoking cessation program, including behavioral therapies and lifestyle changes.
Uses and Dosage
Nicorette can be used as you inhale or puff through the mouthpiece, the inhaler releases a vapor containing nicotine, which is absorbed through the lining of your mouth and throat. One cartridge contains enough nicotine for about 20 minutes of continuous puffing.
The frequency and dosage of a nicotine inhaler can vary depending on the individual and their smoking habits. In general, it is recommended to follow the instructions provided by a healthcare professional. For the first few weeks of therapy, adults may use 6 cartridges per day, which can be adjusted based on the number of cigarettes smoked per day. Use the inhaler whenever there is an urge to smoke, or every 2 to 4 hours, but the maximum number of cartridges per day should not exceed 16. Consult with a healthcare provider before starting or adjusting any medication or treatment plan.
To use the Nicorette Inhaler:
- Remove the mouthpiece from its plastic wrapping.
- Take the cartridge tray out of the inhaler.
- Insert the cartridge into the open end of the inhaler. Make sure the end of the cartridge with the small plastic tab is pushed all the way into the inhaler.
- Replace the top on the mouthpiece.
- To release a dose of nicotine, take small, shallow puffs into your mouth without inhaling into your lungs. You may repeat this process every 1-2 minutes for up to 20 minutes. Do not chew or swallow the cartridge.
- When you have finished using the inhaler, remove the cartridge and discard it.
Do not use more than 16 cartridges per day during the first six weeks of treatment and use as few cartridges as possible to control cravings. As with any medication, consult with a doctor or healthcare professional before use.
Common Side Effects of Nicorette Inhaler (Nicotine Polacrilex):
- Cold sweat
- Convulsions (seizures)
- Hearing and vision changes
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pale skin
- Stomach pain
Serious Side Effects of Nicorette Inhaler (Nicotine Polacrilex):
- Fast or irregular heartbeat
- Fever with or without chills
- Nausea with or without vomiting
- Runny nose
- Skin rash, itching, or hives
- Tearing of the eyes
- Tightness in the chest
- Trouble breathing
Form and Strength
Nicorette Inhaler (Nicotine Polacrilex) is available in the following forms and strength:
Nicorette Inhaler: Inhaler
- 4 mg
Possible precautions and warnings about the Nicorette inhaler include:
- The inhaler may not be suitable for people with certain health conditions, such as heart or blood vessel disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes.
- Do not use the inhaler if you are allergic to nicotine or any of the other ingredients in the inhaler.
- Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, or are taking any medications, before using the inhaler.
- The inhaler should not be used by children or teenagers under the age of 18 without the advice of a doctor.
- The safety and effectiveness of using the inhaler during pregnancy or breastfeeding is not well understood, so it is recommended to consult a healthcare provider before use.
- Using too much of the inhaler (overdose) can cause nicotine poisoning, which can be serious and potentially fatal. Symptoms of nicotine poisoning include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, dizziness, weakness, and rapid heartbeat.
- The inhaler should not be used if you have recently had a heart attack or stroke or have severe or worsening chest pain.
- The inhaler should not be used while smoking tobacco or while using other nicotine-containing products, as this can increase the risk of nicotine overdose and other side effects.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can the Nicorette Inhaler be used during pregnancy?
Consult with a doctor before using the Nicorette Inhaler during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
Is the Nicorette Inhaler safe?
The Nicorette Inhaler is considered safe when used as directed. However, consult with your doctor before using any type of nicotine replacement therapy.
How long does the Nicorette Inhaler last?
Each cartridge of the Nicorette Inhaler lasts for about 40 minutes of frequent puffing or up to 20 minutes of continuous puffing, depending on how often you use it.
It's important to purchase Nicorette Inhaler from verified Canadian pharmacy.