Description and Brand Names

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US Brand Name

  1. Nicotrol

Canadian Brand Name

  1. Nicorette Inhaler


Nicotine, in an inhaler is used to help you stop smoking. It is used for up to 6 months as part of a stop-smoking program. This program may include counseling, education, specific behavior change techniques, or support groups.

With the inhaler, nicotine is inhaled through the mouth and is absorbed in the mouth and throat, but not in the lungs. Eight to ten puffs on the inhaler provide about the same amount of nicotine as one puff on an average cigarette. This nicotine takes the place of the nicotine that you would otherwise get from smoking. In this way, the withdrawal effects of not smoking are less severe. Then, as your body adjusts to not smoking, the use of the nicotine inhaler is decreased gradually over several weeks. Finally, use is stopped altogether.

Children, pregnant women, and nonsmokers should not use nicotine inhaler because of harmful effects.

This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription.

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Aerosol Powder
  • Device
  • Aerosol Liquid