Nicotine inhalator

Key points about nicotine inhalator

  • Nicotine mouth spray helps prevent cravings or urge to smoke.
  • Nicotine inhalator is also called Nicorette® 15 mg Inhalator.
  • Find out how to use it safely and possible side effects.
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Nicotine inhalator is available as Nicorette® 15 mg Inhalator (each pack contains a plastic tube and 20 cartridges).

This is a plastic tube with a nicotine capsule inside it. So when you puff on it, the air flows through the capsule and brings in nicotine into your mouth. You can hold it like a cigarette so it's useful for keeping your hands busy.

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  • Use whenever you have the urge to smoke.
  • When you have a craving take a shallow puff about every 4 seconds or take 2 deep puffs every minute.
  • Use it regularly
  • A single 15 mg cartridge lasts for approximately 40 minutes of continuous use.
  • Most people find they need to use 3 to 6 cartridges per day.

  • Line up the markers and pull each end in the opposite direction
  • Insert the cartridge into the plastic tube (mouthpiece) and twist to close.
  • Draw in air through the mouthpiece.
  • The amount of nicotine from 1 puff of the cartridge is less than that from a cigarette; inhale more often than when smoking a cigarette (8–10 times as many puffs as when smoking a cigarette).

  • Avoid acidic drinks such as coffee or fruit juice for 15 minutes before inhaling a puff from the cartridge.
  • Using two NRT products, such as a combination of patches and oral preparations (such as the inhalator), is more effective than using one.

Here are some things to know when you're using the inhalator. Other things may be important as well, so ask your healthcare provider what you should know about.

  • Before starting using the inhalator let your healthcare provider know if you have any of the following conditions or you have worsening symptoms of:
    • obstructive lung disease, chronic throat disease, or bronchospastic disease
    • oesophagitis, gastritis, or peptic ulcers.
  • Avoid acidic drinks such as coffee or fruit juice for 15 minutes before inhaling a puff from the cartridge.
  • Using two NRT products, such as a combination of patches and oral preparations (such as the inhalator), is more effective than using one.

Like all medicines, NRT can cause side effects, although not everyone gets them and serious side effects are very rare. Side effects may be similar to smoking withdrawal symptoms which should disappear within 4 weeks. Often side effects improve as your body gets used to the new medicine.

Side effects What should I do?
  • Scratchy throat
  • Nasal congestion
  • Fast heart beats
  • This is quite common when using the inhalator
  • Discuss with your doctor if troublesome - you may need to use a different formulation
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • These are a common side effect for all NRT products, not just the inhalator.
  • If you have headaches, try taking paracetamol.
  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • These are a common side effect for all NRT products, not just the inhalator.
  • Tell your doctor if troublesome.
  • Nausea
  • Mouth ulcers
  • These are a common side effect for all NRT products, not just the inhalator.
  • These are common at the beginning of treatment as nicotine can irritate the mouth lining.
  • Tell your doctor or pharmacist if troublesome.
  • Increased appetite
  • Weight gain
  • These are a common side effect for all NRT products, not just the inhalator.
  • Tell your doctor if this is a concern
Did you know that you can report a side effect to a medicine to CARM (Centre for Adverse Reactions Monitoring)? Report a side effect to a product(external link)

  1. Nicotine replacement therapy (external link) Patient information leaflet NZ Formulary
  2. Nicorette® Nicotine Inhalator(external link) Nicorette NZ

Resources

5 questions to ask about your medications(external link) Health Quality and Safety Commission, NZ, 2019 English(external link), te reo Māori(external link)

References

  1. Nicorette Inhalator(external link) Product Datasheet Medsafe NZ 2019
  2. Nicotine(external link) NZ Formulary, 2022
  3. Guide to prescribing nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)(external link) Ministry of Health, NZ 2021

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