Without a Prescription
Although the resulting level of Nicotine is less than you would get from smoking, it may be enough to keep you from craving cigarettes or experiencing other withdrawal symptoms.
Each adhesive patch contains a specific amount of Nicotine embedded in a pad or gel.
Habitrol patches are round and come in three strengths: 21, 14, or 7 milligrams of Nicotine per patch.
Nicotine CQ patches are rectangular and come in three strengths: 21, 14, or 7 milligrams of Nicotine per patch.
Nicotine, the habit-forming ingredient in tobacco, is a stimulant and a mood lifter.
Nicotine, which are available under several brand names, are designed to help you quit smoking by reducing your craving for tobacco.
Nicotrol patches are rectangular and deliver 15 milligrams of Nicotine per patch.
When you give up smoking, lack of Nicotine makes you crave cigarettes and may also cause anger, anxiety, concentration problems, irritability, frustration, or restlessness.
When you wear a Nicotine patch, a specific amount of Nicotine steadily travels out of the patch, through your skin, and into your bloodstream, keeping a constant low level of Nicotine in your body.
You put on a Nicotrol patch in the morning, wear it all day, and remove it at bedtime. You do not use it when you sleep. Nicotrol is available over-the-counter.
You wear a Habitrol patch 24 hours a day.
You wear a Nicotine CQ patch 24 hours a day.
Nicotine is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
if you have an allergic reaction to Nicotine.
if you have any of the following conditions:
- Stomach ulcer;
- Skin Disease;
- Overactive thyroid;
- Liver Disease;
- Irregular heartbeat (heart arrhythmia);
- High Blood pressure (severe);
- Heart Attack or heart disease;
- Diabetes requiring insulin injections;
- Chest Pain from a heart condition (angina);
- Allergies to drugs, adhesive tape, or bandages;
Do not take Nicotine with any of the following drugs:
- Theophylline (Theo-Dur);
- Propranolol (Inderal);
- Pentazocine (Talwin);
- Non-Nicotine quit-smoking drugs such as Zyban;
- Lithium(Eskalith, Lithobid);
- Imipramine (Tofranil);
- Haloperidol (Haldol);
- Cimetidine (Tagamet);
- Certainblood pressure medicines such as Minipress, Trandate, and Normodyne;
- Certainairway-opening drugs such as Isuprel, Dristan, and Neo-Synephrine;
- Caffeine-containing drugs such as No Doz;
- Acetaminophen-containing drugs such as Tylenol;
Nicotine side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Abnormal dreaming;
- Allergic reactions;
- Awareness of your heartbeat;
- Back pain;
- Chest pain;
- Dry mouth;
- Heartburn or indigestion;
- High blood pressure;
- Impaired concentration;
- Increased salivation;
- Inflammation of sinuses;
- Itching and burning at the application site;
- Jaw ache;
- Menstrual irregularities;
- Mouth ulcers;
- Pins and needles sensation;
- Redness of the skin;
- Sore mouth or throat;
- Sore throat;
- Stomach pain;
- Taste changes;
- Throat irritation;
Reported Nicotine overdose symptoms are:
- Vision problems;
- Upset stomach;
- Severe headaches;
- Rapid heartbeat;
- Low blood pressure;
- Heart palpitations;
- Hearing difficulties;
- Cold sweat;
- Breathing abnormalities;
- Blurred vision;
- Abdominal pain;
Nicotine come in one, two, or three strengths, depending on the brand larger patches contain higher doses of Nicotine.
If you weigh less than 100 pounds, however, or if you smoke less than half a pack of cigarettes a day or have heart disease, your doctor may start you on a lower-dose patch.
The usual starting dose is 1 high-strength patch per day.