nicotine patch (Nicoderm CQ, Habitrol)

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GENERIC NAME: nicotine patch

BRAND NAME: Nicoderm CQ

DISCONTINUED BRAND: Habitrol

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Nicotine patches are used for smoking cessation. Nicotine is released from the patches and absorbed through the skin. Released nicotine binds to nicotine receptors in the body, reducing nicotine craving and withdrawal symptoms associated with smoking cessation. The FDA approved the grit nicotine patch in November 1991.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Nicotine patches are used to control nicotine withdrawal symptoms and cravings associated with smoking cessation.

SIDE EFFECTS: Nicotine patches can cause the following side effects:

PRESCRIPTION: No

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Nicotine patches are available in doses of: 21 mg (Step 1), 14 mg (Step 2), and 7 mg (Step 3) per patch. Each patch delivers nicotine over 24 hours.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/25/2014



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