Nicotine inhalers...effectiveness and side effects

Nicotine inhalers cost and side effects

Nicotine puffers or inhalers are commonly used by many people who are quitting smoking. They contain a relatively small dose of nicotine. They cost about $50.00 per unit depending on the brand and the supplier.

An inhaler is sold by prescription at least in the United States and contains a cartridge with a porous nicotine plug at the base. You will need to consult your doctor or medical professional in order to gain access to nicotine inhalers.

The inhaler delivers nicotine vapor to your mouth through the attached mouthpiece by puffing on the cartridge. The nicotine vapor is absorbed into your bloodstream through the lining of your mouth. The main objective of the nicotine inhalers is to address your smoking cravings as well as dealing with symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.

Each cartridge attached to the inhaler has a capacity roughly of 400 puffs of nicotine vapor. At about 80 puffs you would have matched the amount of nicotine in one cigarette. The usual dosage is six to 16 cartridges per day. You may not exceed 16 cartridges per day. This would be overdose. Successful former smokers used 6 to 16 cartridges per day. The nicotine inhalers cut nicotine consumption in quitting smokers by about 20%.

Here is how; one cartridge lasts up to 20 minutes of continuous puffing delivering up to 4mg of which only 2mg of nicotine are actually absorbed by your body. 2mg of nicotine are equivalent to roughly 2 cigarettes.

Your daily maximum limit is 16 cartridges. This translates to 32mg actually absorbed by your body per each 16 cartridges the top end for the day. This in turn translates to 16 cigarettes per day. An average smoker by the time of deciding to quit smokes at least 20 cigarettes per day. This is equivalent to a pack per day.

Inhaler performance is greatly influenced by temperature. Cooler temperatures causes less nicotine to be extracted from the inhaler. For that reason your inhaler must be stored at room temperature below 86 degrees F or 30 degrees Celsius away from light and heat.

Nicotine inhalers have registered positive statistics in helping smokers quit smoking. The inhalers are also effective when used together with other stop smoking programs (this does not involve other nicotine use). In order to use the inhaler you must stop smoking completely and also stop the use of any other nicotine products. This is a precaution to ensure that your nicotine intake does not exceed "healthy" limits. This may result in nicotine overdose or nicotine poisoning.

How to use nicotine inhalers

There is a reason behind why so many people have the inhalers as their quitting product of choice. The reasons are also psychological. The way the cartridge is handled as well as the process of inhaling gets them closer to the behavioral aspects of cigarette smoking. This is indeed counted as the most important product strengths. Its ability to satisfy three things; pharmacological objectives, psychological and sensory stimuli of smoking.

In essence the inhaler should never be used for more than six months. Users need to puff frequently during the first three or so months using 6-16 cartridges per day. After the initial 12 weeks you will then reduce the number of cartridges used per day.

The down side of things

The inhaler is for you only and should never be shared with another person. Statistics show that around 40% of users experience mouth and throat irritation.

You should consider contacting your doctor should you experience the following side effects;

  • Loss of strength
  • Fast, irregular heart rate
  • Stomach pain
  • Saliva increase
  • Pains in the chest
  • Hearing changes
  • Vision changes
  • Confusion
  • Cold sweats
  • Allergy symptoms/reaction - itching,swelling of face, lips and toungue, skin rash
  • Headache

As with any nicotine product, if you are breastfeeding, pregnant or planning to get pregnant try to quit first without assistance from the nicotine inhaler. There are no conclusive studies of the effects on your baby or on the unborn. In other studies of cigarette smoking, nicotine has been blamed for birth deformities, addictions and learning difficulties in children.

Asthma sufferers should approach this quit smoking aid with considerable caution. If you have had a recent heart attack do not use the inhalers. This is because they sometimes increase or slow your heart rate as a side effect.

Overdose indicators

Nicotine is a dangerous drug no wonder it is used in insecticides. The first thing to do when overdose is suspected is to contact your nearest poison control center or emergency room without delay. The following are almost certain indicators of nicotine inhalers overdose;

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Excessive drooling/Slobbering
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Seizures
  • Fainting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach pain
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Headache

If you have experienced any other side effects other than listed here please feel free to share by contacting me and/or reporting directly at the FDA website

Some more notes for you on nicotine inhalers

There are consequences of stopping this medication abruptly. The medication is designed to work with your body when it comes to stopping in a gradual dignified manner. Jacking your body to a rough stop may result in anxiety, sleep problems, depression, fatigue, muscle aches or dizziness. Be gentle with your system. In the same line, ensure that you have enough supply of cartridges if you are planning to travel or be in a place where you cannot access them should they run out.

Hygiene is naturally very important. Ensure that you clean the mouth piece with soap and water on a regular basis to avoid infections. The most popular brand on the market amongst nicotine inhalers is Nicotrol manufactured by the drug company Pfizer.

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