Nicotine is a powerful, addictive drug in tobacco. Your body becomes used to the effects of nicotine. When you go without nicotine, your body and brain need time to adjust. This adjustment is called
nicotine withdrawal. It can start as soon as 30 minutes after you last used tobacco.
Nicotine withdrawal can cause:
NRT mouth spray releases nicotine into your mouth. The nicotine is absorbed into your bloodstream through the inside lining of your cheek. You should notice nicotine withdrawal symptoms getting better within 1 minute of using the spray.
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, take other medicines, or you are pregnant or breastfeeding, tell your doctor and your pharmacist before you start using NRT mouth spray.
Read the instructions on the package for how to properly unlock and prime the mouth spray pump before you use it.
Don't eat or drink 15 minutes before and after using the mouth spray, because it may affect how the nicotine enters your body.
Follow these steps to use NRT mouth spray:
Do not use more than 2 sprays at a time, more than 4 sprays in 1 hour, or more than 64 sprays in a day.
What to watch forCall 911 if you use NRT mouth spray and have symptoms of a severe allergic reaction such as a tight feeling in your chest or trouble breathing.
Things to know
More supportYour chances of quitting tobacco are better if you use more than 1 quit method at the same time—for example, medicine and counselling.
You can get support and information from Alberta Health Services if you’d like to quit smoking or spit tobacco. Call or text AlbertaQuits at 1-866-710-QUIT (7848) or visit AlbertaQuits.ca.
Note: References to “tobacco” on this page do not include tobacco that is used for traditional and sacred reasons.
Current as of: August 31, 2023
Author: Tobacco, Vaping and Cannabis Program, Alberta Health Services
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