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NICOTINE
NICOTINE - PATCH

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

NICOTINE - PATCH

(NICK-oh-teen)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Habitrol, Nicoderm CQ, Nicotrol

Uses

This medication is used as an aid to stop smoking. It is most effective when used in conjunction with a stop smoking program.

How To Use

The patch should be applied to a clean, dry, non-hairy area on the trunk or upper arm. Check with the manufacturer's patient instruction sheet for specific recommended areas of patch application. If necessary, clip hair from the site prior to applying the patch. Remove the patch from the package, peel off the protective strip and immediately apply it to the site. Press firmly for 10 to 20 seconds to make sure the patch stays in place. Be sure the edges are held firmly to the skin. Wash your hands after applying the patch. Different brands of nicotine patches vary in the length of time the patch is left on the skin (e.g., for 24 hours or only while awake). Consult your doctor or pharmacist regarding your specific patch and your condition (including cravings, vivid dreams etc.). Remove the patch carefully and dispose of it properly. Apply each new patch to a different area to prevent skin irritation. Do not suddenly stop using this medication without your doctors approval. Your dose may need to be gradually decreased. You must stop smoking before using the patches and continue not to smoke while using this medication.

Side Effects

This medication may cause headache, dizziness, lightheadedness, drowsiness, stomach upset, nausea or flushing the first few days as your body adjusts to the medication. If these symptoms persist or become bothersome, inform your doctor. If the area around the patch becomes red, itchy or irritated, try a new site. If the irritation continues or becomes worse, notify your doctor. Notify your doctor if you develop: breathing difficulties, chest pain, irregular heartbeat, nervousness, anxiety, tremors. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: heart disease, high blood pressure, insulin-dependent diabetes. This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Consult your doctor for details. Nicotine passes into breast milk and has had undesirable effects on nursing infants. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Inform your doctor about all the medicines you use (both prescription and nonprescription), especially of: insulin, beta-blockers (e.g., propranolol), propoxyphene, xanthines (e.g., theophylline). Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, remove the patch. Contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include: nausea, vomiting, excessive saliva, stomach pain, sweating, headache, dizziness, confusion, weakness, fainting, difficulty breathing, seizures, rapid/weak/ irregular heartbeat, blurred vision, diarrhea, hearing problems.

Notes

Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children and away from pets. A used patch should be discarded by folding it in half with the sticky sides facing each other. The used patch should then be placed in the opened pouch or aluminum foil and thrown in the garbage. Do not allow children access to the discarded patch.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as remembered; do not use if it is almost time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture.