nicotine patch (Nicoderm CQ, Habitrol) (cont.)
Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.
Medical and Pharmacy Editor:
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.
STORAGE: Nicotine patches should be stored at room temperature, 20 C to 25 C (68 F to 77 F).
Smoking more than 10 cigarettes per day:
Smoking 10 or less cigarettes per day:
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.
Medically reviewed by Eni Williams, PharmD
REFERENCE: FDA Prescribing Information.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/25/2014
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