How Nicotine Nasal Spray Works:
Nicotine Nasal Spray Therapy
Each dose consists of two sprays -- one spray per nostril. Your doctor may suggest you start nicotine nasal spray therapy with one or two doses per hour. Do not use more than five doses per hour or 40 doses in a 24-hour period.
Using nicotine nasal spray:
Wash hands and blow nose to clear nasal passages.
Before the first use, prime the pump on the bottle by pumping it into a paper towel until a fine mist appears. Discard the towel.
Pump one spray into each nostril. Don't inhale, sniff or swallow while spraying.
In general, nicotine nasal spray therapy lasts eight weeks. After that, your doctor will probably suggest reducing the amount used daily over the next four to six weeks until you're finished with it.
If you find that you are unable stop using nicotine nasal spray at the end of the therapy period, inform your doctor and he/she will help you.
Common Side Effects Associated with Nicotine Nasal Spray:
- hot, spicy feeling at the back of the nose or throat
- runny nose
- sore throat
- watering eyes
Additionally, nicotine nasal spray can cause symptoms other than those listed here and below in the special precautions section. If you experience anything unusual while using this product, call your doctor.
- You are pregnant, planning to get pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
- You are allergic to nicotine or any other prescription medicine.
- You've had a heart attack, have angina, irregular heartbeat or heart disease.
- You have sinus problems and/or allergies.
- You have thyroid problems.
- You have high blood pressure, kidney or liver disease.
Share all medications you're using with your doctor, including vitamins and over-the-counter drugs.
Symptoms of Nicotine Overdose:
Signs of a nicotine overdose may include:
- upset stomach
- bad headaches
- cold sweats
- blurred vision
- hearing problems
- weakness or fainting
If you suspect you've had an overdose of nicotine, stop using the nicotine nasal spray and call your doctor immediately.
The Pros and Cons of Nicotine Nasal Spray Therapy:
Nicotine nasal spray can reduce the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal by allowing ex-smokers to stop using nicotine gradually.
Nicotine nasal spray may be habit-forming. It is important to use this prescription medicine as specified and wean off it in the time recommended. Work closely with your doctor if you choose this particular NRT to help you stop smoking.
The Bottom Line:
Take your quit program one simple day at a time and be patient with yourself. Healing from nicotine addiction takes as long as it takes -- there's no rushing the process. Stick with it, and the day will come when tobacco will no longer control your life.
Smoking cessation is doable and so worth the work it takes to achieve... you are worth the work.
National Institutes of Health. Nicotine Nasal Spray. Accessed February 2011.