Nicotine mouth spray

A nicotine mouth spray quickly releases nicotine into your body. Use 1 to 2 sprays when you feel the urge to smoke. Each spray provides 1mg of nicotine.

This is a fast acting form of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) that can be used in combination with nicotine patches.

Combination is the best way to use NRT to help you stop smoking. It is safe and recommended in Ireland's National Clinical Guideline on Stop Smoking Care.

For advice on which mouth spray is best for you, talk to:

  • your pharmacist
  • a stop smoking advisor - they can give you information and advice on NRT and how to stop smoking

Learn about getting NRT and how it works

How to use a nicotine mouth spray

Point the spray nozzle towards your open mouth. Hold it as close to your mouth as possible.

Avoiding your lips, press the top of the container to release 1 to 2 sprays into the side of your mouth. Do not inhale while you are spraying to avoid getting the spray down your throat.

Do not swallow for a few seconds after spraying.

If you’re not sure how to use the spray, ask your pharmacist to show you.

You can use up to 4 sprays an hour. Do not use more than 64 sprays a day.

When to stop using nicotine mouth spray

Stop using your nicotine mouth spray when you are down to only using 2 to 4 sprays a day.

Do not use the spray for longer than 6 months.

If you are finding it hard to cut down, talk to your stop smoking advisor, pharmacist or GP.

Page last reviewed: 5 October 2022
Next review due: 5 October 2025