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What Is Nicotine Nasal Spray Used For?

When using nicotine nasal spray as part of a smoking-cessation program, it is best to combine it with nonmedication techniques, such as behavioral change strategies. This product should not be given to children. Older adults can use it; however, they may be more sensitive to the drug's side effects and may require more careful monitoring during treatment.

An Introduction to Uses for Nicotine Nasal Spray

Nicotine nasal spray (Nicotrol® NS) is a prescription nicotine replacement medication. It is approved to help people stop smoking by reducing symptoms of nicotine withdrawal, including cravings. Nicotine nasal spray should be used as part of a complete smoking-cessation program.
 
Cigarette smoking is addictive, in large part because it contains nicotine. Each time you inhale from a cigarette, nicotine is rapidly absorbed into your bloodstream and travels to the brain within seconds. In the brain, nicotine activates brain reward centers, causing feelings of pleasure.
 
Nicotine does not stay in the body for very long, however, so the effects quickly wear off. This can lead to nicotine withdrawal symptoms, such as:
 
  • Irritability
  • Problems concentrating
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Increased appetite
  • Craving.
     
The symptoms usually begin within hours of your last cigarette, and often intensify over the next few days, making it difficult to quit smoking. Many people continue to smoke in order relieve the uncomfortable nicotine withdrawal symptoms and maintain the feelings of pleasure.
 
In addition, smoking can cause a psychological addiction. People often associate smoking with certain activities, people, or places. These activities, people, and places can then trigger the urge to smoke, making the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal more difficult to overcome.
 
The nicotine and chemicals found in cigarette smoke are harmful to the body. In fact, smoking can damage every organ in the body. Some of the health problems caused by smoking include:
 
The health benefits of quitting smoking are numerous. Quitting has both immediate and long-term benefits. Quitting can improve your lung function and lower your heart rate and blood pressure within weeks to months. Staying smoke-free will lower your risk for heart disease and cancer over time.
 
Quitting smoking is not easy, but it is possible. First and foremost, you must be ready to quit to be successful. However, just being ready to quit is not enough. Most people need help to succeed, and many people need to try several times before they are finally successful.
 
In addition, simply quitting "cold turkey" is extremely difficult. Smoking-cessation medications, such as nicotine nasal spray, are available to help people quit.
 
Nicotine nasal spray can reduce the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal, which can help you stop smoking. It will not help with the psychological addiction, however. Therefore, it should be used as part of a complete smoking-cessation program that includes strategies to help overcome the intense psychological urges to smoke.
 
If you have made a decision to quit smoking, you do not have to do it alone. Talk to your healthcare provider about your desire to quit. He or she can help you develop an individual smoking-cessation program that will give you the best chance at successfully quitting for good.
 
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