Using Nicotine Mouth Spray to Quit Smoking
Some people like using a nicotine mouth spray to help them quit smoking, due to the rapid uptake of nicotine.
Research has shown that mouth sprays allow for faster absorption of nicotine compared to nicotine gum or lozenges, so may reduce cravings much faster.
The nicotine mouth spray dispenser contains 150 doses of nicotine (1 mg per dose).
How to Use a Nicotine Mouth Spray
Recommended mouth spray use for adults aged 18 or over:
- Use 1 or 2 sprays when you would normally smoke a cigarette or when you get a craving. Use one spray first; if cravings don’t subside within a few minutes, use the second spray.
- For most people this is about 1 or 2 sprays every 30-60 minutes.
Example: If you smoke 15 cigarettes per day, you’d use 1 or 2 sprays at least 15 times during the day.
- Use a maximum of 2 sprays at a time, and no more than 4 sprays per hour.
- Start reducing your number of sprays per day. By the end of week 9, you should be using half the number of sprays compared to weeks 1-6.
- Continue reducing your number of sprays per day, so that you use no more than 4 sprays per day during week 12.
- Treatment should be stopped when you reach 2-4 sprays per day.
Other instructions for nicotine mouth sprays:
- When using an inhaler for the first time – or after 2 or more days of non-use – prime the spray pump to ensure correct dosage
- Do not eat or drink while using the mouth spray
- Press the top of the mouth spray dispenser to release spray onto the inside of your cheek or under your tongue
- Do not spray on your lips or directly into your throat
- Do not inhale while spraying.
- Inhaling may cause hiccups or a burning sensation in the back of your throat
- Nicotine mouth sprays are designed for nicotine to be absorbed through the mouth lining, so it is best not to swallow for a few seconds after spraying
It’s important to note that you may need time to get used to the taste of nicotine mouth spray after the initial experience.
Side Effects of Nicotine Mouth Spray
Nicotine mouth spray side effects may include headaches, nausea, tingling/burning sensations, dryness of the mouth, indigestion and hiccups.
These effects may be due to incorrect use of the spray, such as using it too much or swallowing too much nicotine.
Consult your doctor if you experience any symptoms that may be related to Nicotine Replacement Therapy.
To find out more about NRT products, contact your doctor, pharmacist or the NSW Quitline