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Nicotine Patches Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Nicotine patches are designed to help you quit smoking by reducing your craving for tobacco. Because each adhesive patch contains a specific amount of nicotine embedded in a pad or gel. When you will wear a nicotine patch, then specific amount of nicotine steadily travels out of the patch, through your skin, and into your bloodstream, keeping a constant low level of nicotine in your body. The resulting level of nicotine is less than you would get from smoking.

Nicotine Patches Dosage

  • The usual starting dose is 1 high-strength patch per day.
  • If you smoke less than half a pack of cigarettes a day or have heart disease, then your doctor may start you on a lower-dose patch.

Uses of Nicotine Patches

  • It is used to quit smoking by reducing your craving for tobacco.
  • It may also be used to treats other medical conditions those are listed in this medication guide.

Side Effects of Nicotine Patches

Before taken Nicotine Patches medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor. If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Nicotine Patches. Side effects may include:

  • Dizziness
  • High blood pressure
  • Itching and burning at the application site
  • Nausea
  • Redness of the skin

Warnings and precautions before taking Nicotine Patches:

  • You should not do smoke, chew, or sniff any form of tobacco while you are wearing a patch. Because it can be lead to overdose of nicotine.
  • If you have, or have ever had, any of the following conditions such as Allergies to drugs, adhesive tape, or bandages, Chest pain from a heart condition (angina), High blood pressure (severe), Irregular heartbeat (heart arrhythmia), then you should tell your doctor.
  • If you have heart palpitations, then you should stop using the patch and call your doctor immediately.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Nicotine Patches with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Nicotine Patches with the following:

  • Acetaminophen-containing drugs
  • Cimetidine
  • Haloperidol
  • Imipramine
  • Insulin
  • Lithium
  • Non-nicotine quit-smoking drugs
  • Oxazepam
  • Pentazocine
  • Theophylline
Overdose

After taken Nicotine Patches if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of a Nicotine Patches overdose include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Blurred vision
  • Cold sweat
  • Diarrhea
  • Fainting
  • Hearing difficulties
  • Low blood pressure


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