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Nicotine Patch
Nicotine Patch


Nicotine Patch

Generic Name: Nicotine (NIK-oh-teen)Brand Name: Nicoderm CQ

Nicotine Patch is used for:

Helping you to quit smoking.

Nicotine Patch is a smoking deterrent. It works by providing low levels of nicotine, which may help you to quit smoking by lessening physical signs of withdrawal symptoms.

Do NOT use Nicotine Patch if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Nicotine Patch
  • you continue to smoke or use any other nicotine-containing products (eg, nicotine gum)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Nicotine Patch:

Some medical conditions may interact with Nicotine Patch. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances (including adhesive tape)
  • if you have skin problems at the application site
  • if you have a history of chest pain, an irregular heartbeat, heart disease, a recent heart attack, high blood pressure, or blood flow problems
  • if you take medicine for asthma or depression, or if you are using another medicine to stop smoking

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Nicotine Patch. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines.

Ask your health care provider if Nicotine Patch may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Nicotine Patch:

Use Nicotine Patch as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • An extra patient leaflet is available with Nicotine Patch. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
  • Do not apply to skin that is oily, burned, irritated, or damaged in any way.
  • Remove backing from patch and immediately press onto a clean, dry, hairless part of your upper arm or hip. Press firmly and count to 10 to be sure it sticks well.
  • Wash your hands after applying or removing the patch.
  • Apply a new patch at the same time each day. Be sure to use a different skin site to avoid skin irritation.
  • Do not cut the patch in half or into smaller pieces.
  • Do not wear more than one patch at a time.
  • After removing the used patch, fold it in half with the sticky sides together. Discard the patch out of the reach of children and away from pets.
  • If you miss a dose of Nicotine Patch, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Nicotine Patch.

Important safety information:

  • Nicotine Patch may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, or blurred vision. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Nicotine Patch with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Do not use more than the recommended dose or use for longer than 8 weeks without checking with your doctor.
  • If you begin to have vivid dreams or other sleeping problems, remove the patch at bedtime (after wearing it for about 16 hours). Put a new patch on when you wake up the next day.
  • Avoid getting Nicotine Patch in your eyes. If you get Nicotine Patch in your eyes, wash them out immediately with cool tap water.
  • Do not smoke or use tobacco products while you are using Nicotine Patch. This includes times when you are not wearing the patch.
  • Nicotine Patch should be used as part of a larger program to help you stop smoking. If you need help choosing a program, talk with your health care provider.
  • Do not leave the patch on for more than 24 hours because it may irritate your skin and lose its strength.
  • Tell your doctor, dentist, or other health care provider that you use Nicotine Patch before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery. Some patches may cause burns if left on the skin during certain medical procedures (eg, magnetic resonance imaging [MRI]). You may need to remove your patch before you have such tests.
  • Nicotine Patch may cause harm if it is swallowed. If you, a child, or a pet may have taken it by mouth, contact your poison control center or emergency room right away.
  • Nicotine Patch should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 18 years old without first checking with the child's doctor; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Nicotine Patch may cause harm to the fetus. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Nicotine Patch while you are pregnant. Nicotine Patch is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Nicotine Patch, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Some people who use Nicotine Patch for a long time may develop a need to continue taking it. People who take high doses are also at risk. This is known as DEPENDENCE or addiction.

Do not suddenly stop taking Nicotine Patch without your doctor's approval. If you do, you may have WITHDRAWAL symptoms. These may include anxiety, craving, impaired concentration, increased appetite, irritability, nervousness, sleep disturbances, and weight gain.

Possible side effects of Nicotine Patch:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Abnormal dreams; headache; mild dizziness; mild redness, itching, or burning at the application site; nervousness; sweating; trouble sleeping.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blurred vision; fast or irregular heartbeat; nausea; severe or persistent dizziness or headache; stomach pain or vomiting; swelling or persistent (more than 4 days) redness at the application site.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include dizziness; fast, weak, or irregular heartbeat; nausea; vomiting; weakness. Nicotine Patch may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of Nicotine Patch:

Store Nicotine Patch at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Nicotine Patch out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Nicotine Patch, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Nicotine Patch is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Nicotine Patch. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

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