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Different factors will affect the Nicotrol NS dosage your healthcare provider recommends. However, most people spray the drug into their nostrils once or twice a day every hour. There are limitations on how many times you can use Nicotrol NS in one day, and you will need to stop treatment after 8 to 12 weeks, which your healthcare provider will help you with.

An Introduction to Dosing With Nicotrol NS

The dosage of Nicotrol® NS (nicotine nasal spray) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on:
 
  • Your level of nicotine dependence
  • How well you tolerate the medication.
     
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
 

Nicotrol NS Dosage Guidelines

The usual dosage of Nicotrol NS for smoking cessation is one or two doses (1 or 2 mg) per hour for 8 to 12 weeks. Each dose consists of two sprays -- one in each nostril. Each spray delivers 0.5 mg of nicotine.
 
At least eight doses are needed each day for this medication to work best. However, you should not use more than 5 doses per hour, or more than 40 doses in one day.
 
The goal of treatment is complete abstinence. Talk to your healthcare if you cannot stop smoking while using this medication, especially if you are still smoking cigarettes after three weeks of treatment.
 

Stopping Nicotrol NS

After 8 to 12 weeks of treatment, it is time to stop using Nicotrol NS. Some people stop using the medication abruptly, while others need to gradually stop using it over a four- to six-week period. Recommended strategies for slowly stopping Nicotrol NS include:
 
  • Using only half a dosage (one spray) at a time
  • Using the medication less frequently throughout the day
  • Skipping doses, such as using the medication every two hours
  • Setting a planned Nicotrol NS "quit date."
     
Your healthcare provider will help you find a strategy that works for you.
 
It is unknown if this medication is safe for long-term use. It should not be used for longer than six months, unless otherwise instructed by a healthcare provider. Nicotrol NS contains nicotine, an addictive drug, and you could become dependent on it.
 
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