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Precautions and Warnings With the Nicotine Inhaler

Specific Nicotine Inhaler Warnings and Precautions

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using this medication include the following:
 
  • Do not smoke cigarettes, chew tobacco, or use any other nicotine-containing products while using the nicotine inhaler. Doing so could increase your risk for a nicotine overdose.
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  • Stop using the inhaler and contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience symptoms of a nicotine overdose, such as:
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    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Extreme headaches
    • Dizziness
    • Cold sweats
    • Blurred vision
    • Confusion
    • Weakness
    • A rapid heartbeat.
 
  • The nicotine inhaler may cause lung irritation, especially in people who already have lung problems, such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Other forms of nicotine replacement therapy may be a better option for people with lung disease (see Nicotrol Inhaler Alternatives).
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  • Because it contains nicotine, the inhaler can increase your heart rate and blood pressure. Stop using it and contact your healthcare provider if you experience an increase in blood pressure or a fast, irregular, or forcefully beating heart. In general, the nicotine inhaler should be used cautiously or not at all in people with certain types of heart problems, such as serious arrhythmias (abnormal heartbeat) or severe chest pain (angina).
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  • The nicotine inhaler contains nicotine, a highly addictive drug. Do not use this medication for more than six months. You could become dependent on it. If you feel you still need it after six months of use, talk to your healthcare provider.
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  • Nicotine, the active ingredient in the nicotine inhaler, may delay healing of peptic ulcers (sores in the stomach or upper intestines). Talk to your healthcare provider before using this medication if you have peptic ulcer disease.
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  • If you have diabetes, the nicotine inhaler may affect your blood sugar levels. Monitor your blood sugar levels closely while you are using the inhaler. Talk to your healthcare provider if you believe you need a different dose of your diabetes medications.
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  • Nicotine inhaler cartridges contain enough nicotine to be dangerous to a child or pet. Store cartridges in a safe place, away from children and pets. Also, discard used cartridges out of the reach of children and pets. Used cartridges still contain enough nicotine to harm a child or pet.
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  • This medication comes with an information sheet that describes the correct way to use it. Be sure to read this information each time you get your prescription filled.
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  • The nicotine inhaler can interact with other medications (see Drug Interactions With the Nicotine Inhaler).
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  • The nicotine inhaler is considered a pregnancy Category D medication, which means it may harm an unborn child. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using this product during pregnancy (see Nicotrol Inhaler and Pregnancy).
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  • Nicotine passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to using the inhaler (see Nicotrol Inhaler and Breastfeeding).
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