Inhalers

Inhalers

The inhaler is an option for people who miss the hand-to-mouth ritual of smoking. The inhaler replaces the action of smoking with the action of taking a puff of your inhaler.

The inhaler can be used together with the patch. This can help people who smoked heavily.

You can use a nicotine inhaler as needed, but no more than one cartridge every 20 minutes:

  • Do not use more than 12 cartridges a day.
  • Use at least six cartridges every day for the first three to six weeks.
  • Gradually reduce your use over six to 12 weeks.
  • Stop when you are down to one or two cartridges per day.

How to use the nicotine inhaler:

  • Line-up the markings on the mouthpiece and separate the two pieces.
  • Take one cartridge out of the foil-wrapped tray.
  • Press the cartridge into the mouthpiece’s bottom and replace the top of the mouthpiece.
  • Twist the mouthpiece so the markings don’t align.
  • Put the tapered end of the mouthpiece in your mouth.
  • Take in either long deep breaths or short puffs. The cartridge will empty after about 20 minutes of puffing.
  • Remove the cartridge from the mouthpiece when you are finished and put into the garbage.
  • Make sure the finished cartridge is out of reach of children and pets.
  • Clean the mouthpiece regularly with soap and water.
  • Do not eat or drink during use.

Talk to a nurse or doctor before taking the nicotine inhaler if you:

  • are pregnant or breastfeeding;
  • are being treated for any serious heart condition;
  • have had a heart attack or stroke within last two weeks; or
  • use any prescribed medication regularly.

Stop using the inhaler immediately and see a nurse or doctor if you have:

  • chest pain;
  • irregular heartbeat;
  • leg pain;
  • strong stomach pain; or
  • rash or hives.

Side effects of a nicotine inhaler include:

  • upset stomach;
  • mouth or throat irritation;
  • headaches;
  • trouble sleeping; and
  • runny nose.