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Nicotine inhaler

The nicotine inhaler is a safe and effective quit medication that helps stop the urges of nicotine withdrawal. It requires a prescription from your health care provider. Nicotine inhalers allow you to ‘puff’ on a mouthpiece, and then absorb nicotine through the tissues in your mouth. The inhaler contains none of the toxins that are in tobacco smoke.

Benefits of the nicotine inhaler

  • Gives you something to do with your hands and mouth together.
  • Lets you decide how often to use the inhaler (depending on how much nicotine you need). Read the package instructions.
  • Can be combined with the nicotine patch to reduce nicotine withdrawal further.

How to use it

  • Your health care provider or pharmacist will tell you how often to use the nicotine inhaler and how to use it correctly.
  • Avoid drinking coffee, tea, juice and colas while using the nicotine inhaler. The acid in these drinks will interfere with your ability to absorb the nicotine.
  • Most people use the inhaler for six to 12 weeks.

PLEASE NOTE, this information is not intended to replace the advice of your health care provider or pharmacist. Always follow the advice of your health care provider or pharmacist regarding proper use of this product and read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully before you start taking this product.

Before using the nicotine inhaler, let your health care provider know if you:

  • Have had a heart attack in the last two weeks.
  • Have had a stroke or TIA (mini-stroke) in the last two weeks.
  • Have a severe heart rhythm problem or a very fast heartbeat.
  • Have worsening angina or heart/chest pain.
  • Are pregnant or are actively trying to get pregnant.
  • Have asthma.

Cost

The nicotine inhaler is more expensive than the nicotine patch, gum and lozenge. Remember to check with your employer or health plan to see if they pay for all or part of the inhaler.

Side effects

See page 33 of the Quit Guide for common minor side effects. If you experience any side effects that worry you when using the nicotine inhaler, please contact your health care provider.

Important: If you experience swelling of the throat or mouth with difficulty breathing, stop using the inhaler and seek immediate medical assistance. This may be a very rare, but very serious allergic reaction to something in the inhaler.

Please note: This page includes detailed, current information about this medication. Some of the information on this page may not be included in the Quit Guide. The Quit Guide may include additional instructions regarding the use of this medication. You should always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using this medication and consult your health care provider if you have any questions.