A Nicotine Inhaler is used as a temporary aid in smoking cessation that helps in reducing and controlling nicotine cravings. It also helps to relieve from the nicotine withdrawal symptoms that occur when one is trying to quit smoking.
Nicotine inhalers look like little cigarettes and work in the same way as other NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapy) products work, but when you suck on them; they directly place the nicotine in your lungs that dissolves into the bloodstream more quickly and in larger doses.
Advantages of Nicotine Inhaler:
- It is easy to use.
- You can easily control the doses.
- Nicotine Inhaler works much more quickly than the nicotine gum.
- You can use it as per your requirement.
- If you use this according to the directions prescribed, then you can easily quit smoking.
Disadvantages of Nicotine Inhaler:
- It can cause side effects like burning of throat or nasal tissues and irritation of the lining of the mouth.
- It can cause stomach ache and nausea.
- It can cause coughing.
- It is more expensive than nicotine gum.
Important things to remember while using nicotine inhaler:
Many people do the mistake of using nicotine inhaler without doctor’s recommendation. Whenever you decide to quit smoking through nicotine inhaler or want to use it as a substitute to cigarettes, it is always wise to take your doctor’s advice and recommendations.
Here are some things that you need to consider while using nicotine inhalers.
- Follow the usage instructions as prescribed.
- Don’t exceed the prescribed time limit.
- Don’t use other forms of tobacco while using the nicotine inhaler.
- Do remember not to use nicotine inhaler if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding unless your doctor’s recommendation.
- Talk to your doctor before using nicotine inhaler, if you are under 18 years old.
- Do not use nicotine inhaler more than 6 months without talking to your doctor.
- Immediately contact your doctor if any of the side effects of nicotine inhaler become severe.
- If you have any heart diseases or problems and other medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma, overactive thyroid, liver problems, kidney problems and stomach ulcers etc, then discuss the condition with your doctor before using nicotine inhalers.
- Be sure to keep your nicotine inhalers out of the reach of children and pets.
- Do remember to clean the mouthpiece regularly with soap and warm water.
An Important NOTE:
Avoid inhaling the nicotine vapor to your lungs. Hold the vapor in your mouth for some time and blow it out. By doing this you can avoid nicotine directly going into your lungs.