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What is NicoDerm Patches (Nicotine) prescribed for?

Nicotine is the primary and very addictive ingredient in any tobacco product.  The NicoDerm Patch is a transdermal patch and releases nicotine into the body through the skin. This in turn, replaces the nicotine you would get from smoking and makes the withdrawal effects you may receive from not smoking less severe. The amount of nicotine you use is decreased over a time frame until you no longer need it. It is used in nicotine replacement therapy, a process for smoking cessation.

The patch comes in 3 doses. If you smoke 11 or more cigarettes a day, start with the 21MG patch. If you smoke 10 or less a day, start with the 14MG patch.

When placing the patch on the arm, place it in a clean and healthy spot.  Such as the chest, back, belly and upper arm.  Make sure to move the site of each patch with each new one, and make sure the area you place the patch is without any hair.

Each patch can stay on for 16 to 24 hours; however do not use the patch for more than 24 hours. And do not use more than one patch at a time.


Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic to Nicotine; or to any other medications or allergies in general. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.

Before taking this medication, it is for the best to inform your doctor of your Medical history. Especially if have ever had any of the following; Chest pain or pressure, a heartbeat that does not feel normal, or a recent heart attack.

Side Effects

If you are experiencing any of the following side effects, you should speak with your doctor right away. They are as follows; Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat. Signs of high blood pressure like very bad headache or dizziness, passing out, or change in eyesight. Mood changes, feeling confused, chest pain or pressure, a burning numbness, dizziness, upset stomach and throwing up, diarrhea, drooling, shakiness, tired and weak, cold sweats, blurred eye vision, change in hearing.

If you being to feel effect by this minor side effects, you should still call our doctor and receive medical help. Especially if these side effects persist or worsen. They are as follows; Trouble sleeping, bad dreams, fealing nervous and excitable, headaches, joint and back pain, irritation where the patch is used, flu-like signs, and gas.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.


What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.


 What is the best dosage to take?

The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.


 What happens if I miss a dose?

You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.


 What is the best way to store this medication?

This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.

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