Drug Interactions With Nicotine Patch
More Detail on Drug Interactions With the Nicotine PatchThe following sections explain in detail the potentially negative reactions that can occur when the nicotine patch is combined with any of the drugs listed above.
If you take a benzodiazepine, you may experience more sedation and drowsiness from the benzodiazepine medication when you stop smoking. Talk to your healthcare provider about this possible interaction. He or she may need to decrease your benzodiazepine dose.
Your healthcare provider may need to adjust the dose of your beta agonist medication when you stop smoking, or when you start using nicotine. Talk to your healthcare provider about your plans to quit.
Beta blockers may be more effective at decreasing blood pressure and heart rate when you no longer smoke. Your healthcare provider may need to decrease the dose of your beta blocker after you quit smoking.
Cimetidine may increase the level of nicotine in your body. If you use nicotine patches, talk to your healthcare provider about an alternative to cimetidine. Similar medications, such as ranitidine (Zantac®), do not interfere with the nicotine patch.
When you stop smoking, your clozapine blood levels may increase. However, because it contains nicotine, the nicotine patch may decrease clozapine levels. Your healthcare provider may choose to monitor you more closely, or check your clozapine levels with a simple blood test, when you start using the nicotine patch.
Flecainide blood levels may increase when you quit smoking, which could increase your risk for flecainide side effects. Talk to your healthcare provider about this possible interaction. You may need a lower flecainide dose.