Nicotine Nasal Spray Overview

Nicotine nasal spray addiction, side effects and over the counter cost


The nasal nicotine spray is a bottle type hand pump containing relatively small dose of aerosolized nicotine.

It is a favorite for most people who are trying to quit smoking. This is because the spray can be used for fast craving control. Heavy smokers particularly find this very useful amongst other smoking cessation products available on the market. This is because heavy smokers are highly dependent smokers.

Nicotine nasal spray is an important member of smoking aids found under the nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). Other NRT smoking cessation aids are chantix, nicotine chewing gum, nicotine lozenges, champix and nicotine vaccine.

Essentially the nasal nicotine spray, as some would call it,is administered through your nose. When you spray it into your nostrils it is absorbed by the nasal membranes inside your nose. The spray manufacturers found nasal spray most appropriate and effective because it is rapidly absorbed and almost instantly delivers a "hit".

That is a satisfaction to the cravings! This is the major advantage of nicotine nasal spray as compared to nicotine chewing gum for instance.

The main purpose of the nasal nicotine spray is to satisfy cravings in you without actually smoking as well as to address nicotine withdrawal symptoms. The dosing typically requires two sprays in each nostril per hour for up to half a year (6 months).

However, different users ultimately settle for treatment duration of their own pace with guidance sometimes from a doctor which is something recommended.

It's never "size fits all" kind of scenario. Generally speaking for all quit smoking aids, there are many approach variations.Hourly sprays can be increased as needed for symptom relief.

However there are some parameters to this. You are only allowed maximum 5 doses per hour. Alternatively you can take only up to a total of 40 doses per day.

Nicotine nasal spray is available by prescription only. There is therefore need to speak to your physician or pharmacist in this respect. This is important to protect users from possible nicotine poisoning or nicotine overdose. Addiction to nicotine sprays can occur as has happened to other users of nicotine chewing gum.

The great positive about this particular cessation aid is that it has shown to facilitate higher quit rates when compared to placebo sprays.

Placebo sprays are sham smoking cessation aids that look like a spray but do not contain the necessary ingredients to qualify for a real drug or medication. They are meant for experimental purposes to lead the user to believe that the use of the spray will help them quit.

There is a proven general tendency for people to get addicted to nasal sprays even those that have nothing to do with nicotine. In fact the risk of dependency is greater for the nicotine nasal spray as compared to other NRTs such as nicotine gum and nicotine patch. Addicted users may find damage to nasal cavities. This might also extend to a breakdown of the cartilage links to do with the septum in the nostrils.

Known Nicotine Nasal Spray side effects

  • Cause nose and throat irritations - these side effects may disappear within the first few days of use
  • Watering eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing

What more should YOU consider

If you are breastfeeding or pregnant, nasal nicotine spray should be considered with great caution. Anything nicotine is advisable not to use when in these conditions. No conclusive studies are available to help us understand better the effects to the baby or the unborn.

Much of the caution comes from what we know already in terms of cigarette smoking and breastfeeding or smoking while pregnant

If you have chronic nasal or respiratory conditions such as rhinitis, polyps or sinusitis you should NOT use the nasal spray.





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