What is Nicotrol?Nicotrol inhaler is used as an aid to smoking cessation for the relief of nicotine withdrawal symptoms.
What is the most important information I should know about Nicotrol?Do not use more than 16 cartridges per day unless directed to do so by your doctor. Do not use longer than 6 months. Nicotine from any source can be toxic and addictive.
Smoking causes lung disease, cancer, and heart disease, and may adversely affect pregnant women or the fetus. You should not continue to smoke while using Nicotrol; you may experience adverse effects due to peak nicotine levels higher than those experienced from smoking alone.
Who should not take Nicotrol?You should not use Nicotrol if you are hypersensitive or allergic to nicotine or to menthol.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Nicotrol?Tell your doctor about any medication you are taking. Check with your doctor before taking any new medicine while using Nicotrol. Tell you doctor if you have heart problems (recent heart attacks, 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.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
For up to 12 weeks, the recommended number of cartridges per day is 6-16.
How should I take Nicotrol?Stop smoking completely during the Nicotrol treatment.
Take out cartridge tray, peel back to release 1 cartridge, insert cartridge into inhaler, and push hard on the cartridge until it pops down into place.
Line up the marking again and push the two pieces back together so they fit tight. Turn the top and bottom pieces so the markings do not line up and it is locked again. Store cartridges in plastic case when not in use.
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 inhaled.
Nicotine in cartridges is used up after about 20 minutes of active puffing.
When cartridge is empty, take off the top of mouthpiece and throw cartridge away. Wash mouth piece with soap and water.
What should I avoid while taking Nicotrol?You should not smoke while using Nicotrol.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Nicotrol?If Nicotrol is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Nicotrol with tricyclic antidepressants and theophylline.
What are the possible side effects of Nicotrol?Many people experience mild irritation of the mouth or throat and cough when they first use Nicotrol. Stomach upset may occur.
Can I receive Nicotrol if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The specific effects of Nicotrol Inhaler therapy on fetal development are unknown. The safety of Nicotrol in nursing has not been examined, but nicotine passes freely into breast milk. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Nicotrol?Nicotrol is not used on a daily regimen. It is used as a therapy to stop patients from smoking. If you miss a dose, you do not have to double the next dose.
How should I store Nicotrol?Store at room temperature. Protect from light.