Thursday, July 23, 2009

Nicorette® Additives

If you are looking to quit the Nicorette® Inhaler can help. Cravings happen because the body and brain are used to a steady supply of nicotine. When you stop smoking, intense nicotine withdrawal symptoms may set in. Smoking stimulates chemicals in your brain. It increases dopamine levels, which improves your mood. It even increases the levels of some hormones, including adrenaline.

Quitting cold-turkey seldom works because it does not address the physical cravings for nicotine, but this product helps relieve those cravings, while gradually weaning your body off nicotine. It provides a controlled amount of nicotine to your system at a slower, pace than cigarettes. and works as a temporary aid to help you quit smoking.

By using this product, 12 weeks from now you could be a non-smoker and is considered to be a safe, gradual way to wean your body off nicotine.

Oddly enough, the Nicorette Inhaler is a mouthpiece similar to a cigarette in appearance, with a replaceable nicotine cartridge. When you puff on the mouthpiece the cartridge releases nicotine to relieve your craving. Because this product is designed to be held like a cigarette, your hands are kept busy. Each cartridge supplies less nicotine than a cigarette and helps you avoid the harmful physical (irritation) and chemical (eg tars, carbon monoxide) effects associated with smoking.

Each fresh nicotine cartridge is placed between the two parts of the mouthpiece. When the two parts are clicked together, the cartridge seals are broken and the nicotine is available when the inhaler is used. Use of the inhaler can be with shallow puffs or with deep inhalations – either way is equally effective.

Each cartridge will last approximately 20 minutes of intense use. If you use the inhaler less intensively, then the cartridge may last longer. Individuals usually develop a technique which suits them best and gives them the best results.

One cartridge will not last the whole day ( you may feel you are still getting something from the cartridge but it is just residual flavour.)

Do NOT use if

  • you are continuing to smoke ! ( this may lead to nicotine overdosage)
  • you are pregnant or breastfeeding, unless on the advice of your doctor
  • you are a child
  • you suffer from active oesophagitis, inflammation of the mouth or pharynx, or gastric or peptic ulcers

Nicorette® Gum is available in 6 flavors ?
  • White Ice Mint—helps whiten teeth while you use it, coated for a cool mint flavor
  • Cinnamon Surge—coated for an intense rush of bold cinnamon flavor
  • Fruit Chill—coated twice for an intense fruit flavor with a hint of mint
  • FreshMint—coated for a delicious burst of mint flavor
  • Mint
  • Original
I believe the Inhaler is only available in regular and Mint flavors at this time, but I would expect that the other flavors will mostly be readily available in the near future.

DIN (Drug Identification Number)


What form(s) does Nicorette inhaler come in?

Nicorette Inhaler (nicotine inhalation system) consists of a mouthpiece and a plastic cartridge delivering 4 mg of nicotine from a porous polyethylene plug containing 10 mg nicotine. Nicotine is the active ingredient. Inactive components of the product are menthol, ethanol, and a porous plug which are pharmacologically inactive.

Some medications may have other generic brands available. Always ask your doctor or pharmacist about the safety of switching between brands of the same medication.

Who should NOT take Nicorette inhaler?

This medication should not be used by people who:

  • are allergic to nicotine, menthol, ethanol, or any ingredients of the medication
  • are non-smokers or occasional smokers
  • are under 18 years of age
  • are pregnant or breast-feeding
  • have just had a heart attack
  • have life-threatening arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythm)
  • have severe or worsening angina (chest pain)
  • have recently had a stroke

What side effects are possible with Nicorette inhaler?

The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes this medication. If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with your doctor. Your health professional may be able to help you deal with some of the effects.

The following side effects may go away as your body becomes used to the medication; check with your doctor if they continue or become bothersome.

    More common
  • coughing
  • indigestion
  • mouth and throat irritation
  • stuffy nose
  • headache
  • stomach discomfort
  • nausea

Less common

  • anxiety
  • back pain
  • change in taste sensations
  • chest pain
  • depression
  • diarrhea
  • difficulty sleeping
  • dizziness
  • feeling of burning, numbness, tightness, tingling, warmth, or heat
  • feelings of drug dependence
  • flu-like symptoms
  • general pain
  • hiccups
  • pain in jaw and neck
  • pain in muscles
  • passing of gas
  • problems with teeth
  • thirst
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

    Less common
  • fast or irregular heartbeat
  • fever with or without chills
  • headache
  • nausea with or without vomiting
  • runny nose
  • shortness of breath, tightness in chest, difficulty breathing, or wheezing
  • skin rash, itching, or hives
  • tearing of eyes
  • chest pain
    Symptoms of overdose
  • abdominal or stomach pain
  • cold sweat
  • confusion
  • convulsions (seizures)
  • disturbed hearing and vision
  • drooling
  • extreme exhaustion
  • pale skin
  • fast heartbeat
  • tremors

Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking this medication.

Are there any other precautions or warnings for Nicorette inhaler?

Medical conditions: If using this medication, people with asthma, thyroid conditions, diabetes, stomach ulcers, heart disease, or blood vessel disease should be closely monitored by their doctors.

Pregnancy: This medication is not recommended for pregnant women. If you are or may be pregnant, talk to your doctor.

Breast-feeding: It is not known whether this medication passes into breast milk. If you are breast-feeding, speak to your doctor about the benefits and risks of using this medication.

Children and adolescents: The safety and effectiveness of this medication have not been established for people under 18 years of age. The cartridges and all parts of the nicotine inhaler should be kept away from children, as they may cause poisoning or choking.

What other drugs could interact with Nicorette inhaler?

The following medications may affect how this medication works, be affected by this medication, or increase the risk of side effects:

  • clomipramine
  • clozapine
  • fluvoxamine
  • imipramine
  • olanzapine
  • tacrine
  • theophylline

If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:

  • stop taking one of the medications,
  • change one of the medications to another,
  • change how you are taking one or both of the medications, or
  • leave everything as is.

An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. In many cases, interactions are intended or are managed by close monitoring. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.

Medications other than those listed above may interact with this medication. Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications that you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.

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