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Nicotine Oral Inhalation: Cautions: MedlinePlus Drug Information

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The following refers to use of FDA approved oral nicotine inhalers, and as such may not apply, or only indirectly apply to vaporized oral nicotine inhalation.

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Oral Nicotine Inhalation Cautions

Nicotine oral inhalation is used to help people stop smoking. Before using nicotine oral inhalation,

  • tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to nicotine, menthol, or any other medications.
  • tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Be sure to mention any of the following: antidepressants such as amitriptyline (Elavil), amoxapine (Asendin), clomipramine (Anafranil), desipramine (Norpramin), doxepin (Adapin, Sinequan), imipramine (Tofranil), nortriptyline (Aventyl, Pamelor), protriptyline (Vivactil), and trimipramine (Surmontil); and theophylline (TheoDur). Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications once you stop smoking.
  • tell your doctor if you have recently had a heart attack and if you have or have ever had asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD; emphysema or chronic bronchitis), heart disease, angina, irregular heartbeat, problems with circulation such as Buerger's disease or Raynaud's phenomena, hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid), pheochromocytoma (a tumor on a small gland near the kidneys), insulin-dependent diabetes, ulcers, high blood pressure, and kidney or liver disease.
  • tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while using nicotine inhalation, call your doctor. Nicotine may harm the fetus.
  • stop smoking completely. If you continue smoking while using nicotine inhalation, you may have side effects.
  • you should know that even though you are using nicotine inhalation, you may still have some smoking withdrawal symptoms. These include dizziness, anxiety, sleeping problems, depression, tiredness, and muscle pain. If you experience these symptoms, talk to your doctor about increasing your dose of nicotine inhalation.

Nicotine oral inhalation may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • irritation in the mouth and throat
  • cough
  • runny nose
  • taste changes
  • pain of the jaw, neck, or back
  • tooth problems
  • sinus pressure and pain
  • headache
  • pain, burning, or tingling in the hands or feet
  • gas

Some side effects can be serious. If you experience the following symptom, call your doctor immediately:

  • rapid heart rate

Nicotine inhalation may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems. In case of emergency/overdose

In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911. Symptoms of overdose may include:

  • paleness
  • cold sweat
  • nausea
  • drooling
  • vomiting
  • stomach pain
  • diarrhea
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • problems with hearing and vision
  • shaking of a part of your body that you cannot control
  • confusion
  • weakness
  • seizures

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MedlinePlus (09-2010) 'Nicotine Oral Inhalation: MedlinePlus Drug Information', [[http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a606021.html | (Accessed 28 Jan., 2014).
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