ALTERNATIVE NRT OPTIONS

TOSS can provide you with advice on a range of alternative NRT options available in pharmacies and supermarkets for purchase to support your quit attempt. TOSS provides a partial subsidy for priority groups to access Nicorette® Quick Mist. A Nicorette® Inhalator is also available for purchase.

Nicorette® Nicotine Inhalator

How do they work?

The nicotine inhalator works by providing some of the nicotine that you would have otherwise received from cigarette smoke. However, it delivers a lower dose of nicotine that is more slowly absorbed compared to cigarettes. The nicotine it provides reduces your urge to smoke and other withdrawal symptoms.

The inhalator is easy to use, but you need to puff on it much more than your regular cigarettes.

How much should I take?

The cartridges that are used in the inhalator contain 15mg of nicotine. The dose of nicotine from a puff of the inhalator is much less than that of a cigarette. Use about 10 times as many puffs as when smoking a cigarette (if a cigarette is smoked in 10 puffs, 100 puffs on the inhalator substitutes one cigarette).

It's important to remember that nicotine does not cause cancer or heart and lung disease. The patch is safe to use.

How do I take the medicine?

Despite its name, nicotine from this device is not inhaled into the lungs, rather it is absorbed on the lining of the mouth through which it is absorbed. For the first few weeks you should use the inhalator for around 20 minutes every hour. Using it regularly is better than waiting until you have a craving. You can of course use it more frequently.

You should use the inhalator for at least 8 - 12 weeks.

You may notice that the inhalator irritates your mouth and throat at first, but you will get used to this over time.

Who should not take the medicine?

Children under 12 and people who have had a previous allergic reaction.

Nicorette® Nicotine Quick Mist

How do they work?

The nicotine mouth spray works by providing some of the nicotine you would have otherwise received from your cigarette smoke. However, the spray delivers a lower dose of nicotine that is more slowly absorbed compared to your cigarettes, but it's enough to help lessen urges to smoke and other withdrawal symptoms.

How much should I take?

Use one or two sprays when cigarettes normally would have been smoked, or if cravings emerge. If, after a single spray, cravings are not controlled within a few minutes, a second spray should be used.

It's important to remember that nicotine does not cause cancer or heart and lung disease. The patch is safe to use.

 

How do I take the medicine?

The mouth spray is easy to use, but there is a technique to using it. Point the spray nozzle close to your mouth. Open your mouth wide and give one spray towards the cheek or under the tongue, avoiding the lips. Try not to breathe in whilst spraying. For best results, do not swallow for a few seconds after spraying.

The mouth spray can relieve craving relatively quickly, but it's still nothing like smoking. For the first few weeks you should use the mouth spray every hour or use it in conjunction with other NRT such as gum, patches and lozenges. Using NRT regularly is better than waiting until you have a craving.

You should use the mouth spray for at least 8 - 12 weeks.

You may notice that the mouth spray irritates your mouth and throat at first, but you will get used to this over time.

Who should not take the medicine?

Children under 12 and people who have had a previous allergic reaction.