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Dr. Katharine Garnier
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How do nicotine patches work? Don't they keep you addicted to nicotine?

How do nicotine patches work? Don't they keep you addicted to nicotine?

Wean off: First, congratulations on planning to quit! the patches are designed to wean you off of the cigarettes slowly..As dr. Goodman said by reducing from 21 mg daily to 14 mg daily and then to 7 mg daily. This helps your body adjust slowly and can reduce your cravings as you have a continuous dose of the nicotine. They do not, however, help you break the habits..And these can make it hard to quit.... ...Read more

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Nicotine (Definition)

Nicotine is a stimulant drug found in cigarettes and is the ...Read more


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Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
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Can I use expired nicotine patches?

No: Companies do not test expired samples so it may make you sick, lose their potency, or just not work at all. Better to be safe than sorry. ...Read more

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Dr. Stuart Wasser
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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Can you smoke while using nicotine patches?

Can you smoke while using nicotine patches?

Absolutely NOT!!!: Smoking while on a nicotine patch can lead to a nicotine overdose which could result in death!!! Do not smoke while using the patch. Try hypnosis instead. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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What benefit nicotine patches have?

Addictions involve: People, places, things. The patch transfers your nicotine source from dip/snuff or smokes to a transdermal blood level, and attempts to taper the amount over the course of weeks. You remain an addict. Your threshold for craving is lowered. You must have the strong desire and will to quit. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeff Blixt
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Are the nicotine patches suggested?

Yes?: Recent study evaluated benefits of medications and or nicotine replacement for quitting smoking. Use of these products showed a 4-5 times increase change of being cigarette free at six months versus trying to quit "cold turkey", especially if patients have severe nicotine dependence. Talk to doctor, but some patients benefit from use of all the above, though this needs doctor supervision. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Are nicotine patches harmful to nonsmokers?

Yes, potentially: Smokers are tolerant to the toxic effects of nicotine - application of even low-dose nicotine patches is the equivalent of smoking 6-8 cigarettes per day; in people not tolerant, this can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and other symptoms. Higher dose patches can cause even worse symptoms. They are being studied for the treatment of schizophrenics, though, where nicotine does seem to help. ...Read more

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Dr. Stuart Wasser
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What are the pros and cons of nicotine patches?

What are the pros and cons of nicotine patches?

See below: The pros are that they work with or without other short acting nicotine agents and they may help to avoid short term nicotine agents that maintain addictive behavior. One may have to combine patches in highly tolerant smokers to add up to more than 21 mgs. Cons include lack of consistent effectiveness and skin irritation. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
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Can nicotine patches be cut in half?

No: Cutting in half will destroy the prolonged activity. ...Read more

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