The inhaler is an option for people who miss the hand-to-mouth ritual of smoking. The inhaler replaces the action of smoking with the action of taking a puff of your inhaler.
The inhaler can be used together with the patch. This can help people who smoked heavily.
You can use a nicotine inhaler as needed, but no more than one cartridge every 20 minutes:
- Do not use more than 12 cartridges a day.
- Use at least six cartridges every day for the first three to six weeks.
- Gradually reduce your use over six to 12 weeks.
- Stop when you are down to one or two cartridges per day.
How to use the nicotine inhaler:
- Line-up the markings on the mouthpiece and separate the two pieces.
- Take one cartridge out of the foil-wrapped tray.
- Press the cartridge into the mouthpiece’s bottom and replace the top of the mouthpiece.
- Twist the mouthpiece so the markings don’t align.
- Put the tapered end of the mouthpiece in your mouth.
- Take in either long deep breaths or short puffs. The cartridge will empty after about 20 minutes of puffing.
- Remove the cartridge from the mouthpiece when you are finished and put into the garbage.
- Make sure the finished cartridge is out of reach of children and pets.
- Clean the mouthpiece regularly with soap and water.
- Do not eat or drink during use.
Talk to a nurse or doctor before taking the nicotine inhaler if you:
- are pregnant or breastfeeding;
- are being treated for any serious heart condition;
- have had a heart attack or stroke within last two weeks; or
- use any prescribed medication regularly.
Stop using the inhaler immediately and see a nurse or doctor if you have:
- chest pain;
- irregular heartbeat;
- leg pain;
- strong stomach pain; or
- rash or hives.
Side effects of a nicotine inhaler include:
- upset stomach;
- mouth or throat irritation;
- trouble sleeping; and
- runny nose.