About quitting smoking
What are the effects of smoking?
Smoking harms nearly every organ of your body. It causes diseases and worsens your health.
Why should I quit smoking?
Quitting smoking has many benefits. It lowers your risk for diseases and death caused by smoking and improves your health.
Why is quitting smoking so hard?
Quitting smoking is hard because nicotine is highly addictive.
There are around 50 million Americans who smoke tobacco. Most say they would like to quit. Unfortunately, almost all people who try to quit have some form of nicotine withdrawal.
Nicotine withdrawal creates anxiety, irritability, headache, hunger, and a craving for cigarettes or other sources of nicotine. These symptoms occur when a nicotine-dependent person suddenly stops smoking or using tobacco, or cuts back on the number of cigarettes or amount of tobacco products used.
If you have tried to quit smoking and experienced symptoms of nicotine withdrawal, talk to your doctor. (Need help getting the conversation started?)
What should I do once I’ve decided to quit?
See your doctor. You can also call a telephone quitline, or join a group program to learn new skills and behaviors that can help you to deal with situations where you want to smoke. Then get ready and set a quit date. Get support and encouragement from family and friends. If your doctor prescribes medication for you, get it and use it correctly. And be prepared for relapse or difficult situations.
What is nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)?
Nicotine replacement therapy, or NRT, involves the use of products that provide low doses of nicotine but do not contain the toxins found in smoke. The goal of this type of therapy is to relieve cravings for nicotine and ease the symptoms when someone stops using cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.
In general, nicotine replacement therapy benefits moderate-to-heavy smokers (people who smoke more than 15 cigarettes a day) the most. If you think NRT can help you quit smoking, talk to your doctor today.
About NICOTROL Inhaler (nicotine inhalation system)
What is the most important information I should know about NICOTROL Inhaler?
Do not use NICOTROL Inhaler if you are hypersensitive or allergic to nicotine or to menthol.
Because you are already addicted to the nicotine in cigarettes, it is possible to stay dependent on the lower dose of nicotine found in the NICOTROL Inhaler. It is important to use the Inhaler for only as long as directed by your doctor to overcome your nicotine addiction and smoking habit.
People who use NICOTROL Inhaler with a comprehensive behavioral smoking cessation program are more successful in quitting smoking. This program can include support groups, counseling, or specific behavior change techniques.
- Do not use more than 16 cartridges each day unless directed to do so by your doctor
- Do not use NICOTROL Inhaler longer than 6 months
Keep out of reach of children and pets. The NICOTROL Inhaler can cause serious illness in children and pets—even in very small amounts. If a child chews on or swallows NICOTROL Inhaler cartridges, call a doctor or Poison Control Center.
NICOTROL Inhaler may cause side effects. Many people experience mild irritation of the mouth or throat and cough when they first use the NICOTROL Inhaler. Most people get used to these effects in a short time. Stomach upset may also occur. Nicotine from any source can be toxic and addictive.
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, only use this medicine on the advice of your health care provider. Smoking can seriously harm your child. Try to stop smoking without using any nicotine replacement medicine. This medicine is believed to be safer than smoking. However, the risks to your child from this medicine are not fully known.
What should I know before I start using NICOTROL Inhaler?
Commit yourself – NO SMOKING! For the NICOTROL Inhaler to help, you must be firmly committed to quitting! Stop smoking as soon as you start using the Inhaler. Do not smoke or use any other tobacco products at any time while using the NICOTROL Inhaler.
Nicotine overdose can occur. If symptoms of overdose occur, call a doctor or Poison Control Center immediately. Overdose symptoms include: bad headaches, dizziness, upset stomach, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, cold sweat, blurred vision, hearing difficulties, mental confusion, weakness, and fainting.
What is NICOTROL Inhaler?
NICOTROL Inhaler helps you quit smoking by reducing your urge to smoke. Success in quitting with nicotine replacement therapy (such as NICOTROL Inhaler) usually involves behavior change. Your doctor may adjust the number of Inhaler cartridges during the first few weeks. As your body adjusts to not smoking, your doctor will either tell you to stop using the Inhaler or slowly reduce the dose.
What should I tell my health care provider before using NICOTROL Inhaler?
Tell your doctor if you have:
- heart problems (recent heart attack, irregular heartbeat, severe or worsening heart pain)
- allergies to drugs
- high blood pressure
- diabetes requiring insulin
- stomach ulcers
- kidney or liver disease
- overactive thyroid
- wheezing or asthma
Tell your doctor about any medicines you are taking—the dosages may need to be changed. Check with your doctor before taking any new medicine while using NICOTROL Inhaler.
What are the possible side effects of NICOTROL Inhaler?
You may experience mild irritation of the mouth or throat and cough when you first use the NICOTROL Inhaler. You should get used to these effects in a short time. Stomach upset may also occur.
Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
How do I use NICOTROL Inhaler?
Follow doctor’s directions. Stop smoking completely during the NICOTROL Inhaler treatment program. See full Patient Information for additional details.
How should I store NICOTROL Inhaler?
- Store cartridges at room temperature, not to exceed 77° F (25° C)
- If you keep cartridges in your car, be careful: interiors heat up quickly
- Protect from light
- Clean mouthpiece regularly with soap and water
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