Some general considerations to keep in mind when using the Nicotrol Inhaler include the following:
- The Nicotrol Inhaler comes with a reusable inhaler mouthpiece (a thin plastic tube) and cartridges that contain nicotine (the active medication). Nicotine is inhaled from the cartridges through the mouthpiece. The normal dose is 6 to 16 cartridges daily for 12 weeks, followed by a gradual dose reduction for 6 to 12 more weeks.
- You can improve your chances of successfully quitting by using this as part of a complete smoking cessation program that includes support groups, counseling, or behavioral strategies.
- Do not smoke, chew tobacco, use snuff, or use any other nicotine products while you use this medication. Doing so may increase your risk for side effects from getting too much nicotine.
- The Nicotrol Inhaler comes with instructions that explain how to properly use the inhaler and cartridges. Read these instructions carefully before using this medication. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you have any questions about Nicotrol Inhaler use.
- To use the Nicotrol Inhaler, inhale deeply or puff in short breaths through the mouthpiece. It normally takes 20 minutes of active inhaling or puffing to use one cartridge. After a few days, you should be able to tell when the cartridge is empty.
- Use this medication at room temperature. Cold temperatures will reduce the amount of nicotine you inhale.
- Keep the mouthpiece clean by washing it regularly with soap and water.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.
The dosage your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on:
- Your level of nicotine dependence
- How well you tolerate the medication.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Nicotrol Inhaler Dosage for more information.)