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A nicotine inhaler looks like a cigarette. It has a cartridge that contains nicotine. You inhale, and nicotine vapour is absorbed into your mouth and throat area. You don't absorb the nicotine into your lungs like you do with a cigarette. As a result, you don't get the same "hit" of nicotine as with smoking.
Do not begin to use an inhaler until you have stopped smoking.
Here's how to use a nicotine inhaler.
Read and follow the directions that came with the medicine as well as any directions your doctor gave you.
A nicotine inhaler kit comes with a nicotine inhaler and cartridges that have nicotine. You place a cartridge into the inhaler and pierce the cartridge to release the nicotine.
An empty cartridge still contains enough nicotine to make a child or pet very sick.
You may be getting too much nicotine if you have:
If you have any of these after taking the inhaler stop using it and see a doctor right away.Side effects may include:
This may be because the inhaler wasn’t used in the right way. Please review how to use the inhaler. Stop using this inhaler 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):
Adaptation Date: 2/8/2023
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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