Generic Name: Nicotine Patch (NIK oh teen)
Brand Name: Nicoderm CQ
Medically reviewed on May 2, 2018
Uses of Nicotine Patch:
- It is used to treat nicotine withdrawal.
- It is used to curb the craving to smoke.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Nicotine Patch?
- If you have an allergy to nicotine or any other part of nicotine patch.
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you have any of these health problems: Chest pain or pressure, a heartbeat that does not feel normal, or a recent heart attack.
- If you still smoke, chew tobacco, or use other products that have nicotine while using nicotine patch.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with nicotine patch.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take nicotine patch with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Nicotine Patch?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take nicotine patch. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Get counseling to help you quit smoking.
- Do not use more than told. Unsafe side effects may happen.
- Tell your doctor if you are taking another drug to help you stop smoking.
- Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert until you see how nicotine patch affects you.
- If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), you will need to watch your blood sugar closely.
- When you stop smoking, other drugs may be affected. Talk with your doctor.
- Tell your doctor if you have not been able to quit smoking after using nicotine patch for as long as it says to use it.
- The patch may have metal. Take off the patch before an MRI.
- This medicine may cause harm if swallowed. If nicotine patch is swallowed, call a doctor or poison control center right away.
- This medicine may cause harm or be deadly if used or swallowed by children or pets. If a child uses nicotine patch or if nicotine patch is swallowed by a child or pet, call a doctor or poison control center right away.
- If you are 65 or older, use nicotine patch with care. You could have more side effects.
- This medicine may cause harm to the unborn baby if you take it while you are pregnant. If you are pregnant or you get pregnant while taking nicotine patch, call your doctor right away.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (Nicotine Patch) best taken?
Use nicotine patch as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- The patch comes in 3 doses. If you smoke 11 or more cigarettes a day start with the 21 mg patch (step 1). If you smoke 10 or less cigarettes a day start with the 14 mg patch (step 2).
- Put patch on clean, dry, healthy skin on the chest, back, belly, or upper arm. Move the site with each new patch.
- Put patch on a site without hair.
- Wash your hands after use.
- Keep each patch on for 16 to 24 hours.
- Do not leave on the skin for more than 24 hours.
- Do not put on more than 1 patch at a time.
- Do not use patches that are cut or do not look right.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Use a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not use 2 doses or extra doses.
See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Very nervous and excitable.
- Mood changes.
- Feeling confused.
- Chest pain or pressure, a fast heartbeat, or passing out.
- A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
- A burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal.
- Very bad headache.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
- Feeling tired or weak.
- Cold sweats.
- Blurred eyesight.
- Change in hearing.
- Very bad skin irritation.
What are some other side effects of Nicotine Patch?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Not able to sleep.
- Bad dreams.
- Nervous and excitable.
- Joint pain.
- Back pain.
- Skin irritation.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Nicotine Patch?
- Store at room temperature.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
- After you take off a skin patch, be sure to fold the sticky sides of the patch to each other.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about nicotine patch, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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