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Can I Use The Nicotine Patch While Taking Wellbutrin
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 ...Read more
Both may help with: the physical side of the addiction, but what causes relapse is failure to deal with the behavioral side. The associations to cigarettes and nicotine is generally what really re-addicts quitters, so the best approach is really to modify all the associations of behaviors with smoking. This takes a LOT longer than merely withdrawing from nicotine. ...Read more
I have a drug/nicotine screening coming up.. I use the nicotine patch for Tourette's syndrome. Will I pass since I have Dr.'s recommendation?
Arrive prepared: I would bring along the medication package which has your name and the prescribing doctor's name, and I would also bring a printout from the pharmacy with a six or twelve month prescription history so that those testing you can see that clearly this is being prescribed to you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
I started sprintec birth control yesterday. Is it okay to use the nicotine patch to quit smoking while on birth control?
YES, also...: Yes, it's ok. It is always wise to quit but it's esp. Important if on birth control. A strong desire to quit is the most important factor. Nicotine patches can help, but also consider acupuncture, hypnosis, exercise & relaxation techniques. For more details on ways to quit see http://altmedicine.About.Com/od/therapiesfromrtoz/a/quit_smoking.Htm & www.Shareguide.Com/smoking.Html good luck! ...Read more
Expired medications: Medications that are passed their expiration dates can be less effective, or contaminated. Some medications could even decompose into products that can be harmful. It isn't worth the risk to take expired medications, so regularly clear out your medicine cabinet and replace with fresh medications. ...Read more
What to do about first day using nicoderm (nicotine patch) patch and still having cravings is it ok to use e-cig?
I don't recommend it: E-cigs have not been shown to promote smoking cessation in all people - some actually find it a path back to smoking. I recommend the use of nicotine lozenges or gum when cravings come up, while still using the patch. If you are on a lower-dose patch and were a very heavy smoker, then raising the patch strength to 21 or 22 mg may help, or even using more than one patch. Get into a program as well ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My husband is on amaryl (glimepiride) for diabetes. Can he use nicotine patch while on amaryl (glimepiride)?
Not really: This is always an interesting question. Nicotine is dangerous for a pregnancy and can cause fetal growth problems among other things. No amount of nicotine is considered safe so the best option is to avoid completely. That being said there are many other dangerous substances in tobacco smoke. In patients who can not stop, the doctor & the patient would weight the risks of nicotine patches. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Wonderful commitment: "The best way to break a habit is to drop it." Leo Aikman Honestly, we appreciate your desire to quit, but I bet with your doctor's help you may find more tolerable options. Good luck-- ...Read more
Some in short run: There is moderate success in the short-run, but not much success in the long-run, even when combined with smoking cessation counseling (see a recent 2012 harvard school of public health study). However, given the serious health effects of cigarette smoking, inhalers may be worth a shot. Note that after quitting for one year, your risk of cardiovascular disease decreases by 50%! ...Read more
My dad quit dip 3 years ago nut now has a urge for nicotine. Can he just use a 32mg nicotine patch to prevent this? Also does patch cause cancer?
Stopping Tobacco: Nicotine patches can be used for people who chew just like ones who smoke. The amount of patch depends on the amount of chew, just like it depends on the number of cigarettes one smokes. Using non nicotine mint snuff can also decrease the urges and cravings along with the patch. Patches don't cause cancer. Nicotine is not the cancer causing agent in the chew. Good luck, help him succeed! ...Read more
Use cautiously: Nicotine & alcohol (etoh) are liver enzyme inducers. This means they help the body get rid of many medications faster than normal (reducing their effectiveness). Nicotine energizes while etoh is disinhibiting – a bad combination! both etoh & nicotine are teratogenic. Both can be poisonous to the body (nicotine is a primary ingredient in some insecticides). What would a prudent person do? ...Read more
Sort of: I don't know of any studies indicating potential interactions when using the two. However, most people who are trying to quit smoking report that alcohol stimulates their craving for nicotine. Nicotine and other chemicals in cigs are highly addictive and drinking alcohol while trying to quit is counter-productive. ...Read more
If you have never smoked before, is it harmful to use a nicoderm (nicotine patch) stop smoking patch?
Initially, can I use 21mg nicotine patch in addition to nicotine gum as needed for withdrawal symptoms ?
I need to know WHY it's not good to use a nicotine patch if you have asthma. I only use Flovent and sometimes emergency inhaler in morning. So WHY?
Patch Okay: Nicotine patch aids smoking cessation; supplies low-level nicotine, eases withdrawal symptoms. Available also as gum, lozenge, inhaler. Inhaler may cause bronchospasm & is not safe with Asthma. However gum, lozenge, & patch may be used with Asthma. All have similar effectiveness when used as directed. Success is multi-modal: avoid triggers, explore more options & behavior therapy with your doctor, ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably: I don't know of any specific interaction that would be any more harmful than either one separately. Both are poisons. Nicotine is a brain stimulant and can raise blood pressure. Alcohol is a brain depressant and depresses the highest centers first (the centers that differentiate humans from other animals). ...Read more
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