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There is no one single approach to smoking cessation that is right for everyone. If Nicotrol NS (nicotine nasal spray) isn't right for you, several other options are available. For example, alternatives to Nicotrol NS can include other nicotine replacement products, other drugs that are taken orally, and even nonmedication options. The important thing is to discuss your plan with your healthcare provider and not give up.

Are There Alternatives to Nicotrol NS?

Nicotrol® NS (nicotine nasal spray) is a prescription nicotine replacement medication. It helps people stop smoking by replacing some of the nicotine found in cigarettes, thereby reducing symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.
It is very difficult to stop smoking (this is known as smoking cessation). Most people need to try several times before they are finally successful. Quitting is possible, however, if you keep trying. There are several treatments that can help you quit. Some of the things that can help with smoking cessation include:
  • Nicotine replacement products
  • Prescription medications taken by mouth
  • Nonmedication treatment.
Other Nicotine Replacement Products
Nicotrol NS is one of several nicotine replacement medicines. Some are available over-the-counter (OTC), without a prescription. Others require a prescription.
Nicotine replacement products available as alternatives to Nicotrol NS include the following:
  • Nicotine inhaler (Nicotrol® Inhaler), available with a prescription
  • Nicotine patch (Nicoderm® CQ®, Habitrol®), available without a prescription to people over age 18
  • Nicotine gum (Nicorette® Gum), available without a prescription to people over age 18
  • Nicotine lozenge (Nicorette® Lozenge), available without a prescription to people over age 18.
Prescription Medications Taken By Mouth
Prescription medicines approved to help people stop smoking include Chantix® (varenicline) and Zyban® (bupropion SR). Chantix works by binding to nicotine receptors and preventing the normally pleasurable effects of smoking from occurring. It also helps reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms.
Zyban works on two brain chemicals: dopamine and norepinephrine. The exact way it works to help with smoking cessation is unknown. However, it seems to decrease the desire to smoke, and may also help reduce withdrawal symptoms.
Bupropion, the active ingredient in Zyban, is also the active ingredient in Wellbutrin®, Wellbutrin SR®, Wellbutrin XL®, and Aplenzin™. These medications are approved to treat depression, but are sometimes used "off-label" for smoking cessation.
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