Important Information for Your Healthcare ProviderTalk with your healthcare provider prior to using this medication if you have:
- Heart problems, including heart disease, chest pain (angina), or an irregular heartbeat (heart arrhythmia)
- Had a recent heart attack
- High blood pressure
- An overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)
- A tumor of the adrenal gland
- Skin problems or skin sensitivities
- An ulcer in the stomach or upper intestines (peptic ulcer)
- Blood vessel problems, such as Buerger's disease or Raynaud's phenomenon
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Liver disease, such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, or liver failure
- Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Nicotine Patch and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Nicoderm CQ and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Nicotine Patch to learn more, including information on who should not use the drug.)
Dosing Information for the Nicotine PatchYour initial dose of the nicotine patch will depend on how many cigarettes you generally smoke each day. The dose is then gradually reduced to slowly wean your body off nicotine.
Following the recommended dosing guidelines will improve your chances of successfully quitting smoking with the nicotine patch.
(Click Nicotine Patch Dosage for more information.)