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Nicotine Patch Info

The nicotine patch (Nicoderm® CQ®) is commonly used to help people stop smoking. Although this can be an effective way to quit smoking, the nicotine patch is not suitable for everyone. Information on the drug's safety issues should be fully reviewed before starting treatment. For example, you may not be able to use this patch if you have heart problems, high blood pressure, or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
 
The nicotine patch comes in several strengths and is generally used over an 8- to 10-week period. The strength of the patch is slowly decreased to help gradually wean the body off of the addictive effects of nicotine. This patch can also help reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms.
 
(Click Nicotine Patch for more information on this nicotine replacement patch. This article covers how this nonprescription medication works, lists potential side effects, and offers some other safety precautions to keep in mind.)
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