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Brand Names: Nicotrol Inhaler, Nicotrol NS

Generic Name: nicotine (nasal, inhalation) (Pronunciation: NIK oh teen)

What is nicotine (Nicotrol Inhaler, Nicotrol NS)?

Nicotine is the primary ingredient in tobacco products.

Nicotine nasal spray and inhaler are medical products used to aid in smoking cessation in adults. Using a controlled amount of nicotine helps reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms when you quit smoking.

Nicotine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of nicotine nasal or inhalation (Nicotrol Inhaler, Nicotrol NS)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • fast or pounding heartbeats, fluttering in your chest;
  • extreme weakness or dizziness;
  • severe nausea and vomiting;
  • bronchospasm (wheezing, tightness in your chest, trouble breathing);
  • severe stinging, burning, or other irritation in your nose, mouth, or throat; or
  • blistering, ulcerations, or bleeding in your nose.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild burning, stinging, or irritation in your mouth, nose, throat, or eyes;
  • hoarse voice, cough, sneezing, runny or stuffy nose;
  • numbness or tingling in your nose, mouth, head, or other parts of your body;
  • pain in your jaw or neck;
  • upset stomach, constipation;
  • headache, earache, tooth problems;
  • flu symptoms, sores or white patches in your mouth or throat;
  • unpleasant taste in your mouth; or
  • changes in your sense of taste or smell.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about nicotine nasal or inhalation (Nicotrol Inhaler, Nicotrol NS)?

Do not use this medication if you are pregnant or breast-feeding unless your doctor has told you to.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using nicotine nasal spray or inhaler if you have heart disease, a heart rhythm disorder, circulation problems, high blood pressure, history of stroke or heart attack, nasal or sinus problems, liver or kidney disease, diabetes, thyroid disorder, stomach ulcer, asthma or other breathing disorder, or an adrenal gland tumor.

Do not smoke or use other nicotine products (including snuff, chewing tobacco, or nicotine patches, gum, or lozenges) while you are using nicotine nasal spray or inhaler.

Do not use nicotine nasal spray or inhaler for longer than 12 weeks without the advice of your doctor.

Keep this medicine out of the reach of children or pets. The amount of nicotine in a used or unused bottle or cartridge can cause serious harm to a child who accidentally sucks or chews on it.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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