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Nicotine Patch Description

People who want to quit smoking may be considering the nicotine patch (Nicoderm® CQ®), but need a more in-depth description of this product. The nicotine patch is applied every 24 hours and works by continually releasing a small amount of nicotine. Your dosage is slowly decreased, which helps reduce nicotine withdrawal and gradually weans you off nicotine.
You don't need a prescription to buy the nicotine patch. Although the patch is available over-the-counter (OTC), talk to your healthcare provider about whether this medicine is suitable for you. People who have certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart problems, may not be able to safely use the nicotine patch.
While most people do not experience any problems with this medication, side effects are possible and may include skin irritation, sleep problems, and headaches. Contact your healthcare provider if you develop more serious problems, such as difficulty breathing, vision problems, or chest pain.
(For a more detailed description, click Nicotine Patch. This article offers a complete overview of this medicine, including dosing guidelines, potential side effects, and safety issues to be aware of.)
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