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Frequently Asked Questions

Although your doctor is the best source for answering your specific questions about quitting smoking and treatment with NICOTROL Inhaler, you can find answers to common questions here.

General Information About NICOTROL Inhaler

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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 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.

Remember:

  • 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
  • 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.

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.

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.

How does NICOTROL Inhaler work?

NICOTROL Inhaler is a mouthpiece and a plastic cartridge. The cartridge is inserted into the mouthpiece prior to use. To use NICOTROL Inhaler:

  • Inhale deeply into back of throat or puff in short breaths
  • As you inhale or puff through the mouthpiece, nicotine turns into a vapor and is absorbed into your mouth and throat
  • Use Inhaler longer and more often at first to help control cigarette cravings

Saving on NICOTROL Inhaler

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What is the NICOTROL Inhaler Coupon?

The single-use NICOTROL Inhaler Coupon allows eligible patients to save up to $100 in out-of-pocket costs.*

*Terms and conditions apply.

How do I use the NICOTROL Inhaler Coupon?

There are 2 ways to use the coupon immediately:

  • Bring a printed copy of it to the pharmacy
  • Show it to your pharmacist on your phone

Who is eligible to use the NICOTROL Inhaler Coupon?

To be eligible to use a NICOTROL Inhaler Coupon, you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Not be covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or any other federal or state healthcare programs

To learn the full details of who is eligible, please see the full Terms and Conditions.

How do I get a NICOTROL Inhaler Coupon?

To download a coupon, click here.

Can I use the NICOTROL Inhaler Coupon on a previously filled prescription?

No, the NICOTROL Inhaler Coupon cannot be used on a previously filled prescription.

Using NICOTROL Inhaler

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What should I tell my doctor before using NICOTROL Inhaler?

Tell your doctor if you have:

  • heart problems (recent heart attack, irregular heartbeat, severe or worsening heart pain)
  • stomach ulcers
  • overactive thyroid
  • high blood pressure
  • allergies to drugs
  • diabetes requiring insulin
  • kidney or liver disease
  • 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 should I know before I start using 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.

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.

How should I store my NICOTROL Inhaler?

Store cartridges at room temperature, not to exceed 77°F (25°C). If you keep cartridges in the car, be careful: interiors heat up quickly. Protect from light.

Safety & Possible Side Effects

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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.

About Quitting Smoking

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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.

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. Download a Doctor Discussion Guide here.

What should I do once I decide to quit smoking?

Let your doctor know if you decide to quit smoking. He or she can help you decide if NICOTROL Inhaler is right for you. Download a Doctor Discussion Guide here.

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, NRT 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.

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