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Nicotrol NS

Generic Name: Nicotine Nasal Spray (NIK oh teen)
Brand Name: Nicotrol NS

Uses of Nicotrol NS:

  • It is used to treat nicotine withdrawal.
  • It is used to curb the craving to smoke.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Nicotrol NS?

  • If you have an allergy to nicotine or any other part of Nicotrol NS (nicotine nasal spray).
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you have any of these health problems: Chest pain or pressure, a heartbeat that does not feel normal, or a recent heart attack.
  • If you still smoke, chew tobacco, or use other products that have nicotine while using this medicine.
  • If you have asthma or nose problems like allergies, runny or stuffy nose, or nasal polyps.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Nicotrol NS.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this medicine with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Nicotrol NS?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take Nicotrol NS. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Get counseling to help you quit smoking.
  • Do not use more than told. Unsafe side effects may happen.
  • Tell your doctor if you are taking another drug to help you stop smoking.
  • Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert until you see how this medicine affects you.
  • If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), you will need to watch your blood sugar closely.
  • When you stop smoking, other drugs may be affected. Talk with your doctor.
  • Tell your doctor if you have not been able to quit smoking after using Nicotrol NS for as long as it says to use it.
  • If the bottle breaks, do not get this medicine on your skin. If it does get on your skin wash off with water right away.
  • During the first week, it is common to have a hot, peppery feeling in the back of the throat or nose, sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, or runny nose. Using Nicotrol NS on a regular basis during the first week will help you adjust to the side effects. If these side effects do not get better after a week, call your doctor.
  • This medicine may cause harm or be deadly if used or swallowed by children or pets. If a child uses this medicine or if Nicotrol NS is swallowed by a child or pet, call a doctor or poison control center right away.
  • If you are 65 or older, use this medicine with care. You could have more side effects.
  • This medicine may cause harm to the unborn baby if you take it while you are pregnant. If you are pregnant or you get pregnant while taking Nicotrol NS, call your doctor right away.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

How is this medicine (Nicotrol NS) best taken?

Use this medicine as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • For the nose only.
  • Keep out of your eyes.
  • You will need to prime the pump before first use. You may also need to prime the pump if it has not been used for some time. Be sure you know when you need to prime the pump and how to do it. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions.
  • Blow your nose before use.
  • Tilt your head back.
  • Spray up the nose only. Do not spray onto the wall joining the two nostrils.
  • Do not sniff, swallow, or breathe in through your nose while you are using your dose of Nicotrol NS (nicotine nasal spray).
  • Breathe out from your mouth.
  • Put the cap back on after you are done using your dose.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Use a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not use 2 doses or extra doses.

See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Very nervous and excitable.
  • Mood changes.
  • Feeling confused.
  • Chest pain or pressure, a fast heartbeat, or passing out.
  • A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
  • A burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal.
  • Dizziness.
  • Very bad headache.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Loose stools (diarrhea).
  • Drooling.
  • Shakiness.
  • Feeling tired or weak.
  • Cold sweats.
  • Blurred eyesight.
  • Change in hearing.
  • Nose sores.
  • Very bad nose irritation.

What are some other side effects of Nicotrol NS?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Not able to sleep.
  • Bad dreams.
  • Nervous and excitable.
  • Headache.
  • Joint pain.
  • Back pain.
  • Mouth irritation or mouth sores.
  • Throat irritation.
  • Hard stools (constipation).

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Nicotrol NS?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about this medicine, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Nicotrol NS or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Nicotrol NS. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

Review Date: October 4, 2017

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