Nicotrol is a type of medication used to assist patients who have decided to quit smoking. This medication is used to alleviate withdrawal symptoms often associated with quitting smoking.
Nicotrol comes in the form of an inhaler. The nicotine is inhaled through the mouth and absorbed into the mouth and throat, but not into the lungs.
Patients start with 8-10 puffs per day, which will provide as much nicotine as one puff of an average cigarette. As the patient becomes familiar with not smoking, the doctor will gradually wean the patient off of the inhaler until there is no need for the inhaler or the cigarettes.
Common side effects with this type of treatment include coughing, indigestion, stuffy nose and throat irritation. If you are experiencing more severe side effects, contact a medical professional for assistance.
Nicotrol may occasionally be used for other purposes, as directed by your doctor.