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Nicotine mouthspray

Updated 2 Feb 2023 | Smoking cessation


Oromucosal spray containing nicotine.

Drugs List

  • NICORETTE QUICKMIST COOL BERRY 1mg/dose mouth spray
  • NICORETTE QUICKMIST FRESHMINT 1mg/dose mouth spray
  • nicotine 1mg/dose oromucosal spray sugar-free
  • Therapeutic Indications


    Relief of nicotine withdrawal symptoms associated with smoking cessation



    Smoking Cessation
    1 to 2 sprays when cigarettes would normally be smoked or the patient feels the urge to smoke. After a few minutes if cravings are not controlled a second spray should be used. Most smokers will require 1 to 2 doses every 30 minutes to 1 hour. From the onset of treatment if 2 sprays are required, then future doses may be delivered in 2 sprays. As soon as the patient is able, reduce the number of sprays until they are able to stop completely.

    Maximum of 4 doses in one hour. Maximum of 64 sprays (4 sprays per hour over 16 hours) in any 24-hour period.

    Smoking Reduction
    The spray should be use between smoking to prolong the time need between cigarettes.

    An attempt to quit smoking should be made as soon as the patient feels ready.


    Children aged 12 to 18 years:
    See Dosage; Adult.


    Children under 12 years

    Precautions and Warnings

    Cerebrovascular accident
    Diabetes mellitus
    History of seizures
    Moderate hepatic impairment
    Peptic ulcer
    Recent myocardial infarction
    Serious cardiac arrhythmias
    Severe renal impairment
    Uncontrolled hypertension
    Uncontrolled hyperthyroidism
    Unstable angina

    Contains alcohol
    Contains butylated hydroxytoluene - May irritate skin/eyes/mucous membranes
    Contains propylene glycol
    Advise patient to avoid spraying this preparation into or near the eyes
    Do not inhale the spray
    Minimise swallowing which inactivates nicotine + may increase side effects
    Diabetic control may need adjustment
    Monitor blood glucose closely in patients with diabetes mellitus
    Monitor patients with cardiovascular conditions
    Stopping smoking may lead to raised levels of drugs metabolised by CYP 1A2

    Any risks associated with nicotine replacement therapy are generally outweighed by the dangers of continued smoking.

    Nicotine mouthspray is not recommended in patients hospitalised as a result of myocardial infarction, unstable or worsening angina (including Prinzmetal's angina), severe dysrhythmia or cerebrovascular accident that are haemodynamically unstable and/or have uncontrolled hypertension. Non-pharmacological interventions should be used instead however if this fails, nicotine mouthspray may be considered under close medical supervision.

    Transferred dependence has been reported rarely but is considered less harmful and easier to break than smoking dependence. Patients that have managed to quit smoking but have difficulty discontinuing the nicotine mouthspray should contact their doctor or pharmacist for advice.

    Smoking cessation itself can cause a number of symptoms independent of the use of nicotine replacement therapy. These include dysphoria, depressed mood, insomnia, irritability, frustration, anger, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, restlessness, impatience, decreased heart rate, increased appetite, weight gain, apthous ulcer, cough, nasopharyngitis, dizziness, presyncopal symptoms, constipation and gingival bleeding.

    Patients with a history of epilepsy should consider the potential risks and benefits of nicotine due to reports of convulsions associated with nicotine.

    Pregnancy and Lactation


    Use nicotine mouthspray with caution during pregnancy.

    Non-pharmacological interventions are preferred however the additional use of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) may be considered in patients that are unlikely to be successful without pharmacological support. Complete cessation will have the best outcome on improving the health of both the mother and baby. Where this cannot be achieved, the manufacturer states that nicotine mouthspray can be used as an alternative to smoking.

    The risks associated with NRT use are considered lower than continued use of tobacco smoking. Available human pregnancy data indicates no increased risk of spontaneous abortion, intrauterine death, neonatal complications or neurodevelopment impairment. There is currently no evidence that NRT increases the overall risk of congenital anomaly or major malformation however current data is limited.

    Whilst an increased risk of preterm delivery and low birth weight in comparison to non-smokers has been reported, specific studies comparing those attempting cessation with and without NRT have failed to identify an adverse effect on foetal growth or gestational age.

    No variation in the risk of adverse effects have been identified between different formulations of NRT. Intermittent dose forms such as the nicotine mouthspray are preferred due to the potential for nicotine-free periods. Liquorice-flavoured products should be avoided.


    Use nicotine mouthspray with caution during breastfeeding.

    Smoking cessation should be encouraged in all mothers regardless of whether they are breastfeeding.

    Human data regarding the use of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) when breastfeeding is limited. Whilst nicotine is transferred into breast milk, the quantities are relatively small and are considered less hazardous than exposure to second hand smoke. Intermittent NRT such as the nicotine mouthspray may allow timing of doses to the period immediately following a feed thus minimising the quantity of nicotine ingested by the infant.


    Advise patient to release the spray into the mouth, avoiding contact with the lips. The patient should not inhale during administration and should minimise swallowing for a few seconds afterwards. Avoid spraying the eye area. The spray must be primed before initial use or if it hasn't been used for 2 or more days.

    Advise patient behavioural therapy, advice and support will improve their success rate.

    Advise patient to keep all nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products out of the reach and sight of children as exposure can cause severe toxicity which may be fatal.

    Advise patients with diabetes that increased blood glucose monitoring may be required.

    Side Effects

    Abdominal pain
    Anaphylactic reaction
    Atrial arrhythmia
    Atrial fibrillation
    Blurred vision
    Burning sensation
    Chest discomfort
    Chest pain
    Dream abnormalities
    Dry mouth
    Dry skin
    Dry throat
    Gastro-intestinal discomfort
    Hypersensitivity reactions
    Increased lacrimation
    Jaw pain
    Lip pain
    Musculoskeletal pain
    Nasal congestion
    Oral hypoaesthesia
    Oral mucosal blistering
    Oral paraesthesia
    Oropharyngeal pain
    Throat irritation
    Throat tightness
    Tooth ache


    It is strongly recommended that the UK National Poisons Information Service be consulted on cases of suspected or actual overdose where there is doubt over the degree of risk or about appropriate management.

    The following number will direct the caller to the relevant local centre (0844) 892 0111

    Information may be obtained if you have access to ToxBase the primary clinical toxicology database of the National Poisons Information Service. This is available via password on the internet ( ) or if this is unavailable at the backup site ( ).

    Further Information

    Last Full Review Date: May 2021

    Reference Sources

    Drugs During Pregnancy and Lactation: Treatment Options and Risk Assessment, 3rd edition (2015) ed. Schaefer, C., Peters, P. and Miller, R. Elsevier, London.

    Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation: A Reference Guide to Fetal and Neonatal Risk, 10th edition (2015) ed. Briggs, G., Freeman, R. Wolters Kluwer Health, Philadelphia.

    Summary of Product Characteristics: Nicorette QuickMist 1mg/spray mouthspray. McNeil Products Ltd. Revised December 2020.
    Summary of Product Characteristics: Nicorette QuickMist Cool Berry 1mg/spray mouthspray. McNeil Products Ltd. Revised October 2020.
    Summary of Product Characteristics: Nicorette QuickMist SmartTrack 1mg/spray mouthspray. McNeil Products Ltd. Revised June 2021.

    UK teratology information service (uktis)
    Available at:
    Tobacco and NRT use in pregnancy. Last revised: August 2018
    Last accessed: 12 May 2021

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