Using a Nicotine Inhaler to Quit Smoking
If you miss the hand-to-mouth action of smoking, a nicotine inhaler may help.
A nicotine inhaler (or inhalator) is made up of a plastic mouthpiece and plastic tube, with a cartridge containing 15mg of nicotine.
How to Use a Nicotine Inhaler
In some ways, a nicotine inhaler resembles a cigarette, with nicotine inhaled through your mouth. When you inhale through the mouthpiece, nicotine vapour is released and absorbed through your mouth and throat.
A single nicotine inhaler cartridge lasts for 20-30 minutes, in which time it can be picked up, used, and put down again. It’s not advisable to leave an inhaler for more than an hour.
Here’s the recommended procedure for using a nicotine inhaler:
- Use 3-6 inhaler cartridges per day for 12 weeks
- Don’t use more than 6 nicotine cartridges per day
- Gradually reduce the dosage after 12 weeks, over a period of 8-12 weeks
- Some smokers may need longer treatment with Nicotine Replacement Therapy, however regular use of a nicotine inhaler beyond 12 months is not recommended
64-80 puffs on the inhaler are roughly the same as smoking one cigarette, so you need to puff on your inhaler more frequently to receive an adequate dose.
Side Effects of Nicotine Inhalers
Nicotine inhaler side effects may include coughing, headache, nausea, heartburn, hiccups, and throat irritation. Consult your doctor if you experience any symptoms that may be related to NRT.
To find out more about NRT products, contact your doctor, pharmacist or the NSW Quitline