nicotine patch (Nicoderm CQ, Habitrol)

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GENERIC NAME: nicotine patch

BRAND NAME: Nicoderm CQ

DISCONTINUED BRAND: Habitrol

PRESCRIPTION: No

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

USES: 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:

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.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Nicotine patches may cause palpitations and abnormal heart rate. Patches should be used with caution in patients who take medications for abnormal heart rhythm.

PREGNANCY AND BREASFEEDING SAFETY: There are no adequate studies of nicotine to determine safe and effective use in pregnant women.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/5/2016



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