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Nicotine Nasal Spray Dosage

Your healthcare provider will determine your nicotine nasal spray dosage based on several factors, such as how addicted you are to nicotine. In general, this product is sprayed into each nostril once or twice an hour, every hour. However, you should not use it more than 40 times in a day, and you will need to stop using it after 8 to 12 weeks.

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The dose of nicotine nasal spray (Nicotrol® NS) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on:
 
  • Your level of nicotine dependence
  • How well you tolerate the medication.
     
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
 

Nicotine Nasal Spray Dosage Guidelines

The usual dosage of nicotine nasal spray for smoking cessation is one or two doses (1 or 2 mg) per hour for 8 to 12 weeks. Each dosage consists of two sprays -- one in each nostril. Each spray delivers 0.5 mg of nicotine.
 
At least eight doses are needed each day for this medication to work best. However, you should not use more than 5 doses per hour, or more than 40 doses in one day.
 
The goal of treatment is complete abstinence. Talk to your healthcare if you cannot stop smoking while using this medication, especially if you are still smoking cigarettes after three weeks of treatment.
 

Stopping Nicotine Nasal Spray

After 8 to 12 weeks of treatment, it is time to stop using nicotine nasal spray. Some people stop using the medication abruptly, while others need to gradually stop using it over a four- to six-week period. Recommended strategies for slowly stopping nicotine nasal spray include:
 
  • Using only half a dosage (one spray) at a time
  • Using the medication less frequently throughout the day
  • Skipping doses, such as using the medication every two hours
  • Setting a planned nicotine nasal spray "quit date."
     
Your healthcare provider will help you find a strategy that works for you.
 
It is unknown if this medication is safe for long-term use. It should not be used for longer than six months, unless otherwise instructed by a healthcare provider. Nicotine nasal spray contains nicotine, an addictive drug, and you could become dependent on it.
 
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