It is a NRT, a Nicotine Replacement Therapy. It helps relieve the symptoms of smoking withdrawal that are felt when you stop smoking, especially the irresistible cravings to smoke. These unpleasant sensations, the withdrawal symptoms, occur when the body is deprived of nicotine in a brutal way. Nicotine EG will reduce or prevent these sensations and cravings by providing a small amount of nicotine that the body will continue to receive temporarily. Its harmfulness is less than that of smoking. Indeed, it is formulated without tar, carbon monoxide and toxins found in cigarette smoke. To increase its chances of success, benefit if possible from a service of accompaniment and advice
Composition of Nicotine EG 1mg/dose Spray
the active substance is nicotine. 1 ml of solution contains 13.6 mg. One spray of 0.07 ml provides 1 mg of nicotine. Other ingredients are propylene glycol (E1520), glycerol (E422), anhydrous ethanol, poloxamer 407, glycine (E640), sodium bicarbonate (E500 (ii)), levomenthol, mint flavouring (contains benzyl alcohol, propylene glycol (E1520), pulegone), cooling agent (contains menthol, menthol carboxamide, essential oil, propylene glycol (E1520)), sucralose (E955), acesulfame potassium (E950), sodium hydroxide (E524) and purified water.
The oral spray solution is contained in a brown glass bottle with a spray pump and cap. One bottle contains 13.2 ml of solution, or 150 sprays
Dosage of Nicotine EG 1mg/dose Spray
This medicine is for adults only. It should not be used by people under 18 years of age.
Weeks 1 to 6 - Step 1
1 or 2 sprays at the usual times of smoking, or when you have an urge to smoke. Start with one spray. If the urge is still present after a few minutes, spray a second time. If 2 sprays are needed, the next doses can be 2 consecutive sprays. Most smokers should use approximately 1 or 2 sprays every 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Example: if the average cigarette consumption is 15 cigarettes/day, 1 or 2 sprays are needed at least 15 times a day. Do not apply more than 2 sprays per dose or 4 sprays/h for 16 hours. Maximum dose: 64 sprays over 16 hours in a 24-hour period.
Weeks 7 to 9 - Step 2
Start reducing the number of sprays per day. At the end of this step, it should be half of that of step 1.
Weeks 10 to 12 - Step 3
Continue reducing the number of sprays per day to a maximum of 4 sprays per day by week 12. When you have reached 2-4 sprays per day, you can stop taking this medication.
Keep a spare spray bottle in case the urge to smoke suddenly returns. If an urge arises, use one or two sprays if a single spray does not work after a few minutes.
This medicine can be used for 3 months, but not longer than 6 months. If the duration exceeds 6 months, consult your doctor.
Loading the dispenser
The dispenser should be primed by pointing the nozzle away from people or animals and pressing the top part 3 times until a fine mist appears. If the spray is not used for 2 days, this may need to be repeated.
Using the dispenser
Position the nozzle as close as possible to the open mouth. To release a dose, press the top of the sprayer, avoiding the lips. Aim at the inside of the cheek, directing the tube between the lower gum line and the cheek. Do not inhale when using, so that the solution does not reach the respiratory tract. Do not swallow for a few seconds after use. Do not spray in the eyes. Rinse with plenty of water if you do. Do not eat or drink during use.
If a child uses Nicotine EG 1mg/dose Spray, or if you have taken too much, contact a doctor or go to the nearest hospital immediately. Symptoms of overdose are nausea, excess saliva, diarrhea, stomach pain, sweating, headache, dizziness, hearing loss and general weakness. At high doses, low blood pressure, irregular and weak pulse, breathing difficulties, convulsions, cardiovascular collapse and extreme fatigue may be added
Precautions for use of Nicotine EG 1mg/dose Spray
Do not use if you are under 18 years of age, if you have never smoked or if you are allergic to nicotine or any of the components of this solution.
You may take this medicine but you should seek medical advice first if you have any of the following symptoms a recent history (within 3 months) of heart attack or stroke, a heart problem affecting your heart rate or rhythm, chest pain (unstable angina), or stable angina, a history of allergic reactions, high blood pressure not controlled by medication, severe or moderate liver failure, severe kidney failure, diabetes, adrenal gland tumor (pheochromocytoma), hyperthyroidism, esophagitis, or ulcer of the stomach or duodenum.
It is necessary to inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have recently taken, are taking or are going to take any other medication, in particular theophylline (asthma), tacrine (Alzheimer's disease), clozapine (schizophrenia), ropinirole (Parkinson's disease).
It is essential to stop smoking during pregnancy, as it can slow down the growth of the child, cause premature delivery or late foetal death. It is advisable to quit without using nicotine medication. If you are unable to quit without nicotine replacement, Nicotine EG 1mg/dose Spray can be used after consultation with a health care professional following the pregnancy, your family doctor or a doctor at a smoking cessation centre.
This medicine should also not be used during breastfeeding. If your doctor has recommended its use, the dose should be taken immediately after feeding. There should be an interval of 2 hours between the dose and the next feeding. This medicine contains ethanol, sodium, propylene glycol and benzyl alcohol.
Packaging: 2 bottles (2 x 150 sprays).