Use 1 to 2 doses per hour. A dose equals putting one spray into each nostril. The way you use the the spray also matters. Nicotine nasal spray isn’t like regular nose spray. It only helps you quit if you use it the right way.
- Tilt your head back slightly.
- Don’t sniff, swallow, or inhale through your nose while you’re using the spray.
- If you miss a dose of nicotine spray, use it as soon as possible. If it’s almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Don’t use 2 doses at once.
Your doctor will give you complete instructions about how many doses to take each day and how long to use the spray. As your body adjusts to not smoking, he or she will slowly reduce the number of daily doses you use.
The most common side effects are irritation of the nose and throat, watering eyes, sneezing, and cough. These side effects usually become more manageable after the first week.
Medical review: Nathan Cobb, MD, September 25, 2017
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