Nicotine inhalers are plastic, cigarette-shaped cylinders filled with nicotine cartridges. Inhalers are available by prescription only. Before asking your doctor for a prescription for a nicotine inhaler, consider the following:
- Dosage is flexible since users inhale on demand.
- Inhalers satisfy oral urges since it mimics the hand-to-mouth action of smoking.
- The nicotine vapor is absorbed in the mouth, not the lungs.
- Side effects include throat and mouth irritation since the inhaler must be used frequently to obtain satisfactory levels of nicotine.