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What Is the Nicotine Inhaler Used For?

How Does It Work?

The nicotine inhaler is a nicotine replacement medication. It releases a controlled dose of nicotine into your mouth each time you inhale or puff through the inhaler. The nicotine is absorbed from your mouth into your body, where it helps replace some of the nicotine your body was used to getting from cigarettes. This helps reduce withdrawal symptoms, such as nicotine cravings.

Can Children Use the Nicotine Inhaler?

The nicotine inhaler is not approved for use in people younger than 18 years old. It has not been adequately studied in this age group. This does not mean it absolutely cannot be used in people younger than 18, however. There may be times when a healthcare provider determines that the benefits of the nicotine inhaler outweigh the risks in older adolescents.
Keep in mind that the amount of nicotine in the inhaler is enough to harm a child, so keep this medication out of the reach of children.

Can Older Adults Use It?

The safety of the nicotine inhaler has not been adequately studied in older adults. In general, this medication should be used with caution in such people. Older adults are more likely to have other medical problems that could make them more sensitive to the effects of the nicotine inhaler.

Off-Label Uses for the Nicotine Inhaler

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this product for something other than smoking cessation. This is called an "off-label" use. An example of a possible off-label use for the nicotine inhaler is the treatment of Tourette syndrome.
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