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Dr. Mark Ingerman
107 Doctors shared insights

Nicotine Patch (Overview)

Nicotine replacement therapy involves the use of products that provide low doses of nicotine but do not contain the toxins found in smoke. The goal of therapy is to relieve cravings for nicotine and ease the symptoms when someone stops using cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. Nicotine Patch. Nicotine patches are applied and used in similar ways:


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What effect could a nicotine patch have on a non-smokers health?

What effect could a nicotine patch have on a non-smokers health?

Addiction: If you don't use nicotine in the first place, using a patch will expose you to it, this could cause you to become dependent on it.
Also not having a tolerance to nicotine, could cause side effects, nausea, vommiting, increase heart rate, sweating, diarrhea.

Not recommended for someone whom does not have a nicotine addiction such as smoking in the first place. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Ingerman
107 Doctors shared insights

Nicotine Patch (Overview)

Nicotine replacement therapy involves the use of products that provide low doses of nicotine but do not contain the toxins found in smoke. The goal of therapy is to relieve cravings for nicotine and ease the symptoms when someone stops using cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. Nicotine Patch. Nicotine patches are applied and used in similar ways:


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How soon after using nicotine patch is nicotine completely out of your system?

How soon after using nicotine patch is nicotine completely out of your system?

Varies: Timing may vary depending on brand, how long you wore the patch and how your body handles nicotine. Allow at least few days. ...Read more

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How does a nicotine patch work for cigarette addiction?

Replaces the cigaret: When helping someone quit smoking, we may prescribe one of a variety of "nicotine replacement systems": the patch, gum, lozenges, inhaler or spray. The pt sets a quit date; switches from smoking cigarettes to using one of the nrs's (such as the patch); and then the nrs is gradually tapered over the next 2-3 months, until nicotine has been eliminated from the body. ...Read more

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My husband is on amaryl (glimepiride) for diabetes. Can he use nicotine patch while on amaryl (glimepiride)?

My husband is on amaryl (glimepiride) for diabetes. Can he use nicotine patch while on amaryl (glimepiride)?

Yes: Nicotine can cause high blood sugar so the patch will decrease the effectiveness of Amaryl (glimepiride) but they can be used together. ...Read more

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How does a nicotine patch work to help me quit?

Slow growth is good: The patch replaces the nicotine from smoking. One day at a time works best. If you wean off very gently, and use mutual support, you may find that recovery is possible. Consider attending a meeting of nicotine anonymous. ...Read more

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I'm on the nicotine patch but I still occasionally can't help to smoke even though I don't want to. What can I do to kick this habit?

I'm on the nicotine patch but I still occasionally can't help to smoke even though I don't want to. What can I do to kick this habit?

Slow growth is good: One day at a time works best. If you wean off very gently, and use mutual support, you may find that recovery is possible. Consider attending a meeting of nicotine anonymous. ...Read more

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Is it safe to start wearing nicotine patch after all day of heavy smoking?

Is it safe to start wearing nicotine patch after all day of heavy smoking?

YES: For someone who is naive to nicotine, using a patch can cause "toxicity." if a patch helps you "cut down" on tobacco it is well worth it and relatively safe. They can't recommend that, however, because I do not believe that has ever been formally studied. ...Read more

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Does the nicotine patch cause sweating as side effect?

Nicotine: It has mood altering effects, being both a stimulant & a relaxant. Best info. Regarding details of effects can be obtained if you go online & google the word "nicotine". ...Read more

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Nicotine patch side effects, should I continue?

Rash: The patch in itself can cause contact dermatitis, if you are smoking then all you re doing is increasing your nicotine in your body. To note nicotine patches and the possibility to quit smoking are not very effective other methods are available. ...Read more

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What would happens if I leave on the nicotine patch for longer than 24 hours?

Slow growth is good: The patch replaces the nicotine from smoking. The nicotine is mostly absorbed through the skin in 24 hours, so after that time very little nicotine is available. One day at a time works best. If you wean off very gently, and use mutual support, you may find that recovery is possible. Consider attending a meeting of nicotine anonymous. ...Read more

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Is it ok to cut a nicotine patch in half to make a smaller dose?

Yes: Nicoderm (nicotine patch) has nicotine dissolved into the glue, so it is possible to "hack" the patches. Let's say that you can buy #14 patches that are 21mg each for $50. If you want to taper your dose over a month, apply a full patch for 1 week, 1/2 patch for 1 week, and 1/4 patch for 2 weeks, then you're off! There are some patches that have a gel reservoir that can't be cut, so examine before you buy! ...Read more

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Can I just wear a nicotine patch forever instead of trying to wean off. I worked to hard to quit smoking and don't want to fall off the wagon.?

Can I just wear a nicotine patch forever instead of trying to wean off. I worked to hard to quit smoking and don't want to fall off the wagon.?

Slow growth is good: One day at a time works best. If you wean off very gently, and use mutual support, you may find that recovery is possible. Consider attending a meeting of nicotine anonymous. ...Read more

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I quit smoking but how much health problem does using nicotine patch cause?

Slow growth is good: The patch replaces the nicotine from smoking. The patch is much less harmful than continuing to smoke. One day at a time works best. If you wean off very gently, and use mutual support, you may find that recovery is possible. Consider attending a meeting of nicotine anonymous. ...Read more

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How does a nicotine patch work?

Timed release: Putting the patch on your skin will release the medicine into your skin and then the rest of the body over time. It is not meant to be as immediate or potent as a cigarette, but to provide steady and lower doses of the drug until you wean off of nicotine. ...Read more

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How does a nicotine patch work to help me quit?

Slow growth is good: The patch replaces the nicotine from smoking. One day at a time works best. If you wean off very gently, and use mutual support, you may find that recovery is possible. Consider attending a meeting of nicotine anonymous. ...Read more

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Habitrol or nicoderm (nicotine patch). Which one?

Habitrol or nicoderm (nicotine patch). Which one?

Either: Nicotine maintenance does not depend on the brand. The patch supplies a more consistent blood level of nicotine than gum. ...Read more

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Will nicotrol (nicotine patch) also curb your appetite?

Will nicotrol (nicotine patch) also curb your appetite?

Yes depends on dose: It is nicotine. But dose needed to suppress appetite may be higher. Remember that cigarettes can deliver higher dose of nicotine faster to the brain. Therefore, you may not get the same effect with nicotrol (nicotine patch). ...Read more

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Is it ok to cut a nicotine patch in half to make a smaller dose?

Yes: Nicoderm (nicotine patch) has nicotine dissolved into the glue, so it is possible to "hack" the patches. Let's say that you can buy #14 patches that are 21mg each for $50. If you want to taper your dose over a month, apply a full patch for 1 week, 1/2 patch for 1 week, and 1/4 patch for 2 weeks, then you're off! There are some patches that have a gel reservoir that can't be cut, so examine before you buy! ...Read more

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What effect could a nicotine patch have on a non-smokers health?

Addiction: If you don't use nicotine in the first place, using a patch will expose you to it, this could cause you to become dependent on it.
Also not having a tolerance to nicotine, could cause side effects, nausea, vommiting, increase heart rate, sweating, diarrhea.

Not recommended for someone whom does not have a nicotine addiction such as smoking in the first place. ...Read more

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How long after expiration are habitrol (nicotine patch) patches good?

Not effective: Medicine or patches do not necessarily go bad in general but the reason the fda puts an expiration date is to make you aware of the potency of the medication/treatment. After the expiration date, the medicine is less effective and possibly not work at all. I would find a way to get a patch that is not expired to receive the maximum effect. ...Read more

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Can I safely use the Nicotine patch with all the medicines I take? 14mg

It's safe: There are no listed dangerous interactions reported w/ any of the drugs you identify.
So good luck - I hope you are successful! ...Read more

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When using a nicotine patch, if you put tape on top will it still work?

Nicotine patch: Usually tape is not needed, but if you have to, make sure the tape is dry & some air ventilation is there for the patch. ...Read more

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What would happens if I leave on the nicotine patch for longer than 24 hours?

Slow growth is good: The patch replaces the nicotine from smoking. The nicotine is mostly absorbed through the skin in 24 hours, so after that time very little nicotine is available. One day at a time works best. If you wean off very gently, and use mutual support, you may find that recovery is possible. Consider attending a meeting of nicotine anonymous. ...Read more

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How soon after using nicotine patch is nicotine completely out of your system?

Varies: Timing may vary depending on brand, how long you wore the patch and how your body handles nicotine. Allow at least few days. ...Read more

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How long after the expiration date are Nicoderm (nicotine patch) patches good for?

Depends.: Three factors effect effectiveness of medications: 1. heat, 2. humidity, 3. light. The first is the most important. If a medication is kept at 55 degrees in the dark without humidity it would probably still be good a quarter century later. ...Read more

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What are signs that I should lower my nicoderm (nicotine patch) patch to the next step?

Instr: Go by the instructions provided with the patches. I think most people step down after then 1st 4 or 8 weeks then at every two weeks thereafter. ...Read more

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How long are nicoderm (nicotine patch) cq patches still effective past their expiration date?

Unknown: They give an expiration date because they are not good afterward and not tested afterward. ...Read more

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I accidentally bought the 14mg nicotine patch instead of the 21mg one that I need. Can I take this 14mg one off & smoke a cigarette until then?

No. Don't. Too risky: Since you'll need the 14 in a few weeks, it's not a waste of them. Just go and get the correct one for now. Don't mix the patches w/ cigarettes ever. If you are trying to quit - avoid having cigarettes around. If you don't want to quit now - that's okay. You can try again in a few weeks, etc. But don't mix. ...Read more

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I have been using nicotine patch and have noticed that I am more focuses and alert, what are the benefits of nicotine and do they out way the con's?

Quit ASAP: A though you feel relaxed, within your body, your heart is actually working harder to pump blood for oxygen intake. Leading 2 strain on the heart which in tome can cause heart attack or stroke. It is also a vasoconstrictor causing the blood vessels to constrict, which also increases risk of heart attack. It can lead 2 lung damage and copd. The advantages are very short lived. Quit asap. ...Read more

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Nicotine patch making me smell, what to do?

Nicotine can be: Excreted in sweat, and some people have this problem more than other people (same with garlic and other aromatic compounds). You may find that using another form of nicotine replacement, such as lozenges. nasal spray or gum may work better. You could also try one of the prescription medications - bupropion or varenicline (Zyban and Chantix), as well as other techniques - hypnosis, acupuncture. ...Read more

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Nicotine patch side effects, should I continue?

Rash: The patch in itself can cause contact dermatitis, if you are smoking then all you re doing is increasing your nicotine in your body. To note nicotine patches and the possibility to quit smoking are not very effective other methods are available. ...Read more

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How do I fine habitrol (nicotine patch) nicotene gum?

Prescription: If you have called a drug store and they do not sell it over the counter ask the pharmacist for advice. You may need a prescription from a health care provider to get it. Good luck with trying to stop smoking it will be well worth the effort. ...Read more

Nicotine (Definition)

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Dr. Gary Pess
56 Doctors shared insights

Nicotrol (Definition)

Nicotrol is an addiction reducing agent which is a ...Read more