Tobacco has a very powerful, addictive drug in it called nicotine. Your body becomes used to the effects of nicotine. When you go without nicotine, because you cut back or quit, your body and brain need time to adjust. This adjustment is called nicotine
Withdrawal can start as soon as 30 minutes after you last used tobacco. There are medicines that can help with withdrawal. These can help raise your chance of using less tobacco or quitting.
Your healthcare provider will help you decide if this product is the best one for you, what dose you need, how long you should take it, and if you should combine it with another medicine that helps you quit smoking.
Nicotine Replacement Thereapy (NRT) replaces some, but not all, of the nicotine you get from tobacco. With NRT you don’t get the toxic and dangerous chemicals that are in commercial tobacco products. NRT is safer to use than tobacco.
Nicotine withdrawal can cause:
When you use the mouth spray, it releases nicotine into your mouth. The nicotine is absorbed into your bloodstream through the blood vessels in your mouth. Nicotine withdrawal should get better within 1 minute (60 seconds).
Each bottle of NRT mouth spray has about 150 sprays. One spray will give you about 1mg of nicotine. This is almost the same as 1 cigarette.
If you have any other medical conditions, or are pregnant or breastfeeding, make sure you tell your doctor and your pharmacist before you start this or any other medicine.
You may be getting too much nicotine if you have:
If you have any of these after taking NRT mouth spray stop using it and see a doctor right away.
Side effects may include:
This may be because the spray wasn’t used in the right way. Please review how to use the mouth spray.
Stop using this spray and see a doctor right away if you have an allergic reaction.
Allergic reaction symptoms may include:
Talk to your pharmacist about how quitting might affect other medicine you take. Your body may respond to some medicine differently once you stop using tobacco.
Some people have had suicidal thoughts when they try to quit smoking without medicines. Sometimes quitting smoking can lead to some mental health problems you already have, like depression, getting worse.
Before taking any quit-smoking treatment, tell your healthcare provider (doctor, pharmacist, or nurse):
Your chance of quitting tobacco is better if you combine quit methods, like medicine and counselling.
You can get support and information from Alberta Health Services if you’d like to quit smoking or spit tobacco.
Current as of: March 20, 2020
Author: Tobacco Reduction Program, Alberta Health Services
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