Nicotrol Inhaler Warnings and Precautions

Specific Precautions and Warnings With the Nicotrol Inhaler

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using this medication include the following:
  • Do not smoke cigarettes, chew tobacco, or use any other nicotine-containing products while using the Nicotrol Inhaler. Doing so could increase your risk for a nicotine overdose.
  • Stop using the Nicotrol Inhaler and contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience symptoms of a nicotine overdose, such as:
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Extreme headaches
    • Dizziness
    • Cold sweats
    • Blurred vision
    • Confusion
    • Weakness
    • A rapid heartbeat.
  • The Nicotrol Inhaler may cause lung irritation, especially in people who already have lung problems, such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Other forms of nicotine replacement therapy may be a better option for people with lung disease (see Nicotrol Inhaler Alternatives).
  • Because it contains nicotine, the Nicotrol Inhaler can increase your heart rate and blood pressure. Stop using it and contact your healthcare provider if you experience an increase in blood pressure or a fast, irregular, or forcefully beating heart. In general, this product should be used with caution or not at all in people with certain types of heart problems, such as serious arrhythmias (abnormal heartbeat) or severe chest pain (angina).
  • The Nicotrol Inhaler contains nicotine, a highly addictive drug. Do not use this medication for more than six months. You could become dependent on it. If you feel you still need it after six months of use, talk to your healthcare provider.
  • Nicotine, the active ingredient in the Nicotrol Inhaler, may delay healing of peptic ulcers (sores in the stomach or upper intestines). Talk to your healthcare provider before using this medication if you have peptic ulcer disease.
  • If you have diabetes, the Nicotrol Inhaler may affect your blood sugar levels. Monitor your blood sugar levels closely while you are using the Nicotrol Inhaler. Talk to your healthcare provider if you believe you need a different dose of your diabetes medications.
  • Nicotrol Inhaler cartridges contain enough nicotine to be dangerous to a child or pet. Store cartridges in a safe place, away from children and pets. Also, discard used cartridges out of the reach of children and pets. Used cartridges still contain enough nicotine to harm a child or pet.
  • This medication comes with an information sheet that describes the correct way to use it. Be sure to read this information each time you get your prescription filled.
  • The Nicotrol Inhaler can react with other medications (see Nicotrol Inhaler Drug Interactions).
  • This product is considered a pregnancy Category D medication, which means it may harm an unborn child. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using the Nicotrol Inhaler during pregnancy (see Nicotrol Inhaler and Pregnancy).
  • Nicotine passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to using the Nicotrol Inhaler (see Nicotrol Inhaler and Breastfeeding).
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