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Nicorette inhaler

(nicotine inhaler)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02241742 NICORETTE INHALER

How does Nicorette inhaler work? What will it do for me?

This medication is used to help people over 18 years of age quit smoking.

When a person stops smoking, they go through withdrawal from nicotine, causing symptoms such as irritability, mood swings, restlessness, trouble concentrating, and increased appetite. This medication helps reduce the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal by replacing some of the nicotine that the person is no longer getting through cigarettes. Gradually, the dose is reduced until the person no longer craves nicotine, and they can stop using the medication. This medication works best when used with a comprehensive program to quit smoking.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use Nicorette inhaler?

Ask your doctor or pharmacist to teach you how to use the nicotine inhaler effectively and to give you tips on quitting smoking. As you inhale or puff through the mouthpiece, the inhaler releases a vapour 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.

Dispose of used cartridges in a place where children or pets cannot get to them. Store the cartridges at room temperature and protect them from light and humidity.

The dosage is individualized and depends on how much nicotine is needed to relieve nicotine withdrawal symptoms. For the first 3 to 12 weeks of treatment, a higher dose (6 to 12 cartridges per day) is used, and then the dose is gradually reduced over the next 6 to 12 weeks. Once a dose of 1 to 2 cartridges per day is reached, the medication can be stopped. The maximum dose is 12 cartridges per day.

You must stop smoking completely as you begin using the medication. If you are unable to stop smoking by the fourth week of treatment, your doctor will probably advise you to stop using the medication. The medication should not be used at the same time as nicotine gum, patches, or any form of tobacco.

Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is very important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose of this medication, take your next scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Nicorette inhaler come in?

Each inhaler consists of a mouthpiece and a plastic cartridge delivering 4 mg of nicotine. Nonmedicinal ingredients: menthol, ethanol, and a porous plug (which holds the nicotine).

Who should NOT take Nicorette inhaler?

Do not use this medication if you:

  • are allergic to nicotine, menthol, ethanol, or any ingredients of the medication
  • are a non-smoker or an occasional smoker
  • are under 18 years of age
  • are pregnant or breast-feeding
  • have just had a heart attack
  • have life-threatening arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythm)
  • have severe or worsening angina (chest pain)
  • have recently had a stroke

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