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Nicotine (Absorbed through the skin)

Nicotine (NIK-oh-teen)

Helps you quit smoking. Provides your body with nicotine to replace cigarettes.

Brand Name(s):

Habitrol, Kroger Nicotine Transdermal System, Leader Nicotine Transdermal System, Nicoderm CQ, Nicoderm CQ Clear, Nicotrol, Rite Aid Nicotine, Sunmark Nicotine Transdermal System, The Medicine Shoppe Nicotine Transdermal System

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to nicotine.

How to Use This Medicine:

Patch

  • Your doctor will tell you how many patches to use, where to apply them, and how often to apply them. Do not use more patches or apply them more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • Read and follow the patient instructions that come with this medicine. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
  • Follow the instructions on the medicine label if you are using this medicine without a prescription.
  • Leave the patch in its sealed wrapper until you are ready to put it on. Tear the wrapper open carefully. NEVER CUT the wrapper or the patch with scissors. Do not use any patch that has been cut by accident.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after applying a patch.
  • The patient instructions will show the body areas where you can wear the patch. When putting on each new patch, choose a different place within these areas. Do not put the new patch on the same place where you have worn a patch in the past week. Be sure to remove the old patch before applying a new one.
  • Do not put the patch over burns, cuts, or irritated skin.
  • Put on a new patch if the old one has fallen off and cannot be reapplied.
  • Keep using this medicine for the full treatment time. Take off the Nicotrol® patch before you go to sleep. You may wear the Nicoderm® CQ patch while you sleep. If you have trouble sleeping while wearing Nicoderm® CQ, take it off while you sleep.

If a dose is missed:

  • If you forget to wear or change a patch, put one on as soon as you can. If it is almost time to put on your next patch, wait until then to apply a new patch and skip the one you missed. Do not apply extra patches to make up for a missed dose.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:

  • Store the patches at room temperature in a closed container, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
  • Fold the used patch in half with the sticky sides together. Throw any used patch away so that children or pets cannot get to it. You will also need to throw away old patches after the expiration date has passed.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using insulin, asthma medicine (such as theophylline, albuterol, Serevent®), or medicine for depression (such as amitriptyline). Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use regularly. Your doses may need to be changed when you quit smoking.
  • Do not smoke cigarettes or use any other kind of nicotine at all during the time you are using a nicotine patch. This includes chewing tobacco, nicotine spray, or nicotine gum.

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, only use this medicine if your doctor tells you to. Smoking can seriously harm your child. Try to stop smoking without using medicine. This medicine is believed to be safer than smoking. However, the risks to your child from this medicine are not fully known.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you have heart or heart rhythm problems, recent heart attack, uncontrolled high blood pressure, skin problems, or an allergy to adhesive tape.
  • You may have some mild skin redness, itching, burning, or tingling where you wear the patch. If this irritation is very bad or does not go away, call your doctor.
  • You will probably still want to smoke sometimes. Have a plan for coping with situations where you may be tempted. This medicine is only part of a complete program to quit smoking.
  • If you still feel the need to smoke after you have finished the nicotine patch program, talk to your doctor.
  • The patch may cause skin burns when used during a procedure called magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). To prevent skin burns, make sure the patch is removed before having an MRI.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Fast, slow, pounding, or irregular heartbeat.
  • Nausea, vomiting, dizziness, weakness, sweating.
  • Skin rash or swelling where the patch is worn.

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Mild nausea.

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088


Last Updated: 4/4/2014
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