nicotine patch (Nicoderm CQ, Habitrol)

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GENERIC NAME: nicotine patch



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:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/25/2014

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