Nicotine Nasal Spray

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Nicotine nasal spray is a nicotine replacement therapy used to provide relief from smoking cravings.

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Using this method, nicotine is applied directly to the lining of your nose, enabling it to be quickly absorbed into your bloodstream.

It’s usually prescribed for a course of a couple of months and can be an effective aid for those looking to quit smoking.

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How is a nicotine nasal spray used?

Nicotine nasal spray is supplied in a bottle, which can be applied directly to each nostril. A couple of sprays an hour are usually recommended, although you shouldn’t spray more than five times an hour.

They’re usually prescribed for a course of around three months and over this period, you should aim to steadily reduce the amount of doses you’re having each day before stopping altogether.

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Pros and cons of nicotine nasal spray

When you quit smoking, you not only have to deal with the chemical cravings for nicotine, but also the psychological dependence.

Nasal sprays offer a highly effective way to satisfy nicotine withdrawal, acting much faster than gums or lozenges, with nicotine reaching your brain in as little as ten minutes.

However, it does nothing to replace the rituals you associate with smoking and you may need to supplement these with another activity while you wean yourself off cigarettes.

Nasal sprays are one of the strongest forms of nicotine replacement therapy and can be great for heavy smokers looking to quit.

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How effective are nicotine nasal sprays?

Nicotine nasal sprays have been found to be a highly effective option for those looking to quit. A thorough study carried out in the 1990s compared their effectiveness versus a placebo in a randomised trial and found that many more of those using nasal sprays were able to quit smoking for a year. Other research has supported this, finding that those using nicotine nasal sprays were significantly more likely to successfully kick the habit than those using a placebo.

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Side effects of nicotine nasal sprays

Side effects are fairly regular in users of nicotine nasal sprays, but for the most part - these are manageable.

Some of the most common include:

  • Congestion and a runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Nosebleeds
  • Watering eyes
  • Coughs
  • Headaches
  • Stomach pain
  • Feeling nauseous and vomiting
  • Dizzy spells

In very rare cases, some users experience heart palpitations and may develop an irregular heartbeat.

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If you’re looking to quit smoking and think a nicotine nasal spray might be the best option for you - speak to one of our doctors online now.

Our GPs can discuss your efforts to quit smoking, offer expert advice on the best ways to quit and prescribe nicotine replacement therapies like nasal sprays to help you beat your cravings and kick the habit once and for all.

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