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How should I use nasal spray as nicotine replacement therapy?

Smoking cigarettes is one of the biggest risk factors for cardiovascular disease. The sooner you quit, the sooner the health of your heart and blood vessels can begin to improve. There is a range of medications that may be able to help you quit smoking as part of a larger smoking cessation plan. One prescription form is nicotine nasal spray, a type of nicotine-replacement medication that provides nicotine to help you crave cigarettes less while you are quitting.
What It Does
Nicotine nasal spray delivers a water-based solution of nicotine to the lining of the nose. It produces a more rapid rise in nicotine than orally absorbed replacement products (gum, lozenge, inhaler); therefore, it produces a peak nicotine concentration in the blood within 10 minutes. 
How to Take It
Use 1 to 2 sprays per hour as needed in response to the urge to smoke.
How Long to Use It
Continue to use the nicotine nasal spray for up to 3 months.
Precautions/Contraindications
Many people have poor tolerance to the spray due to nasal and throat irritation, rhinitis, sneezing, and tearing, although it typically goes away after the first week of use.
You can use the nasal spray to satisfy your nicotine cravings quickly. You can use it with the patch or other nicotine replacement products that work more slowly. In the first few days, it may bother your eyes, nose, and throat, but this should go away. Talk to your doctor to see if this method is right for you. You should stop smoking completely as you begin using the spray. If you cannot stop smoking by the fourth week of using the inhaler, you should stop using the spray.

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