Nicotine helps you to stop smoking by reducing the withdrawal symptoms associated with smoking cessation.
This medicine is meant to be taken as part of a complete smoking cessation programme that should include patient education and counselling.
Use Nicotine inhalation exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not use more or less than instructed by your doctor.
How to use Nicotine inhalation:
- Insert the cartridge into the mouthpiece and twist to close securely.
- Place the mouthpiece in your mouth.
- Inhale deeply into the back of the throat or puff in short breaths.
- As you draw air into the mouth through the mouthpiece, nicotine turns into vapor and is absorbed into your mouth and throat.
- If you have used the cartridge completely, separate the mouthpiece carefully and remove the cartridge and dispose it properly according to your doctor or pharmacist’s instructions.
- Store mouthpiece in a plastic storage for further use. Clean mouthpiece regularly with soap and water.
The dose of this medicine will be decided by your doctor. Your doctor will advise you on the treatment timeframe depending on your condition.
Nicotine inhalation must be used regularly for it to be effective. Continue using this medicine even when you feel better. Do not stop using it suddenly as this may worsen your condition.
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
- heart disease e.g. chest pain, abnormal heart rhythm, high blood pressure, recent stroke or heart attack
- stomach ulcer
- liver disease
- kidney disease
- overactive thyroid
- phaeochromocytoma (tumour of the adrenal gland)
- lung disease e.g. asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Do not smoke cigarettes once you start Nicotine therapy. There may be a risk of Nicotine overdose.
For as long as you are using this medicine, you may need to have regular monitoring of your cardiac status (heart rate and blood pressure) to check your body’s response to the medicine. Your doctor will advise you how often you need to have them.
What lifestyle changes can I make to help myself quit smoking?
Do not give in to cigarette cravings even for one single puff alone. It is better to avoid groups or places which may encourage smoking. Engaging in sports or exercise or eating healthy foods is an effective method in countering such cravings.
Communicate with others and establish a support group. Always remind yourself about the benefits of quitting smoking e.g. reduced risk of developing diseases caused by smoking, improved general health, increased life expectancy.
Nicotine inhalation may cause any of the following side effects: irritability or aggression, depressed mood, restlessness, poor concentration, increased appetite, weight gain, urges to smoke, sleep disturbances, cough, and mouth or throat irritation.
Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience signs and symptoms of nicotine toxicity such as severe headache, dizziness, confusion, hearing and visual disturbances, irregular pulse, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, cold sweat, weakness.
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Inform the doctor or pharmacist if you are on any other other forms of Nicotine therapy or other medicines for smoking cessation.
Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicine, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.