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Nicotine nasal spray

Nicotine nasal spray is a quit medication for which you need to get a prescription from your doctor. The nicotine nasal spray works like a nasal decongestant spray. The spray is safe, and it does not have any of the toxins that are in tobacco smoke.

Benefits of nicotine nasal spray

  • Reduces symptoms of nicotine withdrawal, which can include headaches, irritability and cravings.
  • The user can decide how often to use the spray and how much nicotine they need (read the package instructions).
  • Can be combined with the nicotine patch to help reduce nicotine withdrawal. This can make it easier to stay quit.

How to use it

Your pharmacist or health care provider will tell you how to use this medication.

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 and read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully before you start taking this product.

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

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 nasal spray, please contact your healthcare provider.

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

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.