Proper Use

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Nicotine nasal spray usually comes with patient directions. Read the directions carefully before using this medicine. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.

You should stop smoking completely before you start using this medicine. If you continue to smoke during treatment, you may have an increased risk of nicotine overdose.

Use this medicine exactly as directed by your doctor. Remember that it is also important to participate in a stop-smoking program during treatment. This may make it easier for you to stop smoking.

To use the nasal spray:

  • Tilt your head back slightly as you spray this medicine to your nose. Be careful not to sniff, swallow, or inhale this medicine.

Use of nicotine nasal spray may be gradually reduced by using only one half of a dose at a time or skipping doses by not using the spray every hour. You may also keep track of the number of doses and use fewer each day, or set a date to stop using nicotine nasal spray.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For the nasal spray dosage form:
    • To help you stop smoking:
      • Adults—At first, 1 or 2 sprays (0.5 to 1 milligram [mg]) into each nostril every hour. The dose should then be adjusted based on the number of cigarettes you smoked each day before beginning treatment with the nasal spray and the side effects the nasal spray causes. Your doctor may increase your dose as needed. However, the total dose is usually not more than 80 sprays (40 mg).
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.