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Nicotine Patch Risks

Many people may be able to stop smoking with the help of the nicotine patch (Nicoderm® CQ®). This nonprescription product is applied every 24 hours for several weeks. Although the medicine is generally well tolerated, it is not without risks. For example, using the nicotine patch increases your risk for side effects such as:
 
 
Problems are also more likely if a person already has certain health conditions, such as:
 
 
It is also important to know that the nicotine patch can cause other problems, such as allergic reactions and a fast heartbeat, and may not be suitable for some people. Therefore, make sure your healthcare provider is aware of any medical conditions you have and any other medications you are taking, including nonprescription medicines, herbal supplements, or vitamins.
 
(To learn more about the risks associated with this drug, click Precautions and Warnings With Nicotine Patch. This article also describes other important safety precautions to be aware of before using this skin patch.)
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