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30.e. Nicotine Nasal Spray


This article is from the Stop Smoking FAQ, by 70424.57@compuserve.com with numerous contributions by others.

30.e. Nicotine Nasal Spray

[Provided by Dixie, randixoe@digisys.net]

"The spray is called Nicotrol NS and is manufactured in the U.S. by McNeil
Pharmaceutical. It was just approved by the FDA in July of 1996. It is a
prescription medicine. It is sold in a spray bottle containing 10 mg/ml
nicotine in an aqueous solution. Each time you spray the Nicotrol NS into
each nostril you receive about the same amount of Nicotine as smoking 1

"One spray in each nostril is considered 1 dose. Instructions are not to
use more than 5 doses per hour or more than 40 doses in 24 hours. The
suggestion is to use the spray no longer than 3 months. The cost is $38.30
for 1 bottle that contains approximately 100 doses (200 sprays).

"Now for my experience with this nose spray. Although I had the
prescription for Nicotrol NS, I wanted to see if I could quit 'cold turkey'
first. Well the first day, towards afternoon I was turning into a miserable
bawling mess. I decided to try the Nicotrol NS and to my amazement within 1
minute I was a new girl. I couldn't believe how well it worked, compared to
the patches I had tried years ago.

"That day I used the spray 6 times. Since then I have used the spray about
15-16 times a day. I really don't want to use any more than I have to
because in a couple of weeks I'll want to discontinue the use of the spray

"The nose spray really did sting some when I first used it but doesn't
bother me much at all now. (They do give a warning for people who have
sinus problems, etc. to check with their doctor before using.)

"From everything I've researched on this Nicotrol NS I think that someone
who isn't careful could have problems being addicted to and continuing the
spray longer than appropriate. My suggestion to anyone who decides to use
it is to use as little as you can but don't let yourself get to the panic
stage before you use it. I was smoking 2 1/2 packs a day when I quit and
like I said I'm using about 15-16 doses a day. If I did that for a whole
month it would end up costing me about $190-$200 per month."


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