If you are trying to quit smoking, the Nicotrol Inhaler can help you reach your goal. This prescription drug provides your body with a controlled amount of nicotine with each inhalation. This helps reduce cravings and other withdrawal symptoms that may occur as you wean yourself off nicotine. Possible side effects include cough, heartburn, and mild irritation of the throat or mouth.
What Is the Nicotrol Inhaler?
The Nicotrol® Inhaler (nicotine inhaler) is a prescription medication used to help with smoking cessation (quitting smoking). It helps people stop smoking by reducing the uncomfortable symptoms of nicotine withdrawal that occur when people try to quit.
The Nicotrol Inhaler is a nicotine replacement medication. It releases a controlled dose of nicotine into your mouth each time you inhale or puff through the inhaler. The nicotine is absorbed from your mouth into your body, where it helps replace some of the nicotine your body was used to getting from cigarettes. This helps reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms, such as cravings.
Clinical Effects of the Nicotrol Inhaler
In clinical studies, up to 21 percent of people using the Nicotrol Inhaler for three to six months were able to successfully quit smoking two weeks after starting treatment and give up smoking completely for at least six months. In comparison, up to 11 percent of people given a placebo (an inhaler with no active ingredient) were able to abstain from cigarettes for six months.
Twelve months later, up to 13 percent of people who had used the Nicotrol Inhaler continued to not smoke, even without Nicotrol Inhaler treatment, compared to 10 percent of people who had been given the placebo.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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