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PRESCRIPTION PRODUCTS TO HELP QUIT Product


Nicotine nasal spray Brand name Strengths Starting dose NICOTROL® 10 mg/ml


1-2 doses an hour (1 dose = 1 spray per nostril, or as directed by a doctor)


Maximum dose 5 doses an hour or


Initial treatment time


40 doses a day 3-6 months


Irritation in nose, throat, and eyes (goes away with continued use)


Possible side effects (and what to do)


NS Nicotine inhaler NICOTROL® INHALER 10 mg per cartridge


6-16 cartridges a day, as directed by a doctor


16 cartridges a day


12 weeks, then taper off for up to 12 weeks


Mouth and throat irritation (goes away with continued use)


150 mg As directed by a doctor


Bupropion HCl SR tablet (generic)


ZYBAN®


Varenicline tablet CHANTIX®


0.5 mg 1.0 mg


As directed by a doctor


300 mg a day (after 7 days at lower dose)


7-12 weeks, sometimes up to 6 months


Dry mouth


Trouble sleeping (do not use at bedtime) Shakiness Skin rash


Depression or thoughts of suicide (stop use and call doctor immediately)


When pregnant or breastfeeding


Be careful if using


When you have heart problems


When you have a stomach ulcer


You have asthma You have nasal polyps You have a sinus infection


Do not use if


You continue to smoke, chew tobacco, or use other nicotine products


How to use


Stop all tobacco use before and during treatment. Blow nose if needed. Tilt head back slightly. Insert bottle tip into nostril as far as comfortable. Breathe through mouth. Spray once in each nostril. Do not sniff or inhale while spraying. If nose runs, gently sniff to keep spray in nose. Wait two to three minutes before blowing nose.


When pregnant or breast- feeding


When you have heart problems


When you have a stomach ulcer


You are allergic to menthol


You continue to smoke, chew tobacco, or use other nicotine products


You have seizures


You already use this for other reasons


You have ever had an eating disorder


You use MAOIs You are allergic to bupropion You have a mental illness


Stop all tobacco use before and during treatment. Pull off the mouthpiece top. Press one cartridge firmly into the bottom of the mouthpiece until seal breaks. Replace top. Align marks to close. Inhale a short breath to the back of mouth or puff in short breaths. Cartridge lasts about 20 minutes of puffing.


Take as directed by your doctor. It may take 4 weeks or longer to get the full benefit of bupropion.


Take the tablet with a full glass of water. If you are taking it twice per day, take one dose in the morning and one dose at night.


1 mg twice a day, day 8 to end of treatment


12 weeks, doctor can prescribe refill


Nausea (take with food)


Headache Trouble sleeping Vivid dreams Depression or


thoughts of suicide (stop use and call doctor immediately)


When pregnant or breastfeeding


When you have kidney problems


Source: Utah Department of Health, Utah’s Local Health Departments, and the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Utah


How to Help Someone You Love Stop Using Tobacco


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