nicotine patch (Nicoderm CQ, Habitrol) (cont.)

Pharmacy Author:
Medical and Pharmacy Editor:

Apply one new patch every 24 hours to dry, clean, hairless skin. Patients may wear the patch for 16 to 24 hours. Do not wear one patch for more than 24 hours due to chances of skin irritation and loss of effectiveness of patch.

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

NURSING MOTHERS: It is not known whether nicotine enters breast milk; therefore, it is best to be cautious before using it in nursing mothers.

SIDE EFFECTS: Nicotine patches can cause skin irritation, itching, dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, and nausea.

REFERENCE: FDA Prescribing Information.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/25/2014

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Pill Finder Tool

Need help identifying pills and medications?
Use the pill identifier tool on RxList.

Back to Medications Index