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Healthcare providers often recommend that people use Nicotrol NS as part of a smoking-cessation program. This prescription drug works by helping to relieve the withdrawal symptoms that often occur when a person stops smoking. It is not approved for children under the age of 18 and should be used with caution in older adults, who may be more prone to side effects.

What Is Nicotrol NS Used For?

Nicotrol® NS (nicotine nasal spray) is a prescription nicotine replacement medication. It is approved to help people stop smoking by reducing symptoms of nicotine withdrawal, including cravings. Nicotrol NS should be used as part of a complete smoking-cessation program.
Cigarette smoking is addictive, in large part because it contains nicotine. Each time you inhale from a cigarette, nicotine is rapidly absorbed into your bloodstream and travels to the brain within seconds. In the brain, nicotine activates brain reward centers, causing feelings of pleasure.
Nicotine does not stay in the body for very long, however, so the effects quickly wear off. This can lead to nicotine withdrawal symptoms, such as:
  • Irritability
  • Problems concentrating
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Increased appetite
  • Craving.
The symptoms usually begin within hours of your last cigarette, and often intensify over the next few days, making it difficult to quit smoking. Many people continue to smoke in order relieve the uncomfortable nicotine withdrawal symptoms and maintain the feelings of pleasure.
In addition, smoking can cause a psychological addiction. People often associate smoking with certain activities, people, or places. These activities, people, and places can then trigger the urge to smoke, making the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal more difficult to overcome.
The nicotine and chemicals found in cigarette smoke are harmful to the body. In fact, smoking can damage every organ in the body. Some of the health problems caused by smoking include:
The health benefits of quitting smoking are numerous. Quitting has both immediate and long-term benefits. Quitting can improve your lung function and lower your heart rate and blood pressure within weeks to months. Staying smoke-free will lower your risk for heart disease and cancer over time.
Quitting smoking is not easy, but it is possible. First and foremost, you must be ready to quit to be successful. However, just being ready to quit is not enough. Most people need help to succeed, and many people need to try several times before they are finally successful.
In addition, simply quitting "cold turkey" is extremely difficult. Smoking-cessation medications, such as Nicotrol NS, are available to help people quit.
Nicotrol NS can reduce the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal, which can help you stop smoking. It will not help with the psychological addiction, however. Therefore, it should be used as part of a complete smoking-cessation program that includes strategies to help overcome the intense psychological urges to smoke.
If you have made a decision to quit smoking, you do not have to do it alone. Talk to your healthcare provider about your desire to quit. He or she can help you develop an individual smoking-cessation program that will give you the best chance at successfully quitting for good.
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