143. Treatment Recommendations: Medications-Nicotine Nasal Spray (cont

Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update

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Dosage A dose of nicotine nasal spray consists of one 0.5 mg dose delivered to each nostril (1 mg total). Initial dosing should be 1-2 doses per hour, increasing as needed for symptom relief. Minimum recommended treatment is 8 doses/day, with a maximum limit of 40 doses/day (5 doses/hr). Each bottle contains approximately 100 doses. Recommended duration of therapy is 3-6 months.
Availability Prescription only
Prescribing instructions Dosing information-Patients should not sniff, swallow, or inhale through the nose while administering doses as this increases irritating effects. The spray is best delivered with the head tilted slightly back. .
Costa $49.00 per bottle (quantity used determines how long supply lasts)

a Cost data were established by averaging the retail price of the medication at national chain pharmacies in Atlanta, GA, Los Angeles, CA, Milwaukee, WI, Sunnyside, NY and listed on-line during January 2008 and may not reflect discounts available to health plans and others.

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Internet Citation: 143. Treatment Recommendations: Medications-Nicotine Nasal Spray (cont. Content last reviewed October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/clinicians-providers/guidelines-recommendations/tobacco/clinicians/presentations/2008update-full/slide143.html