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Is it safe to use a nicotine patch in pregnancy?

Is it safe to use a nicotine patch in pregnancy?

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 more

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Dr. James Lin
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Can I use a nicotine patch in pregnancy?

Can I use a nicotine patch in pregnancy?

Yes you can: If you are heavy smoker nicotine patch is better than ciggaretes. Discuss this option with your ob/gyn. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use nicotrol (nicotine patch) inhalers and drink alcohol?

Is it safe to use nicotrol (nicotine patch) inhalers and drink alcohol?

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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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?

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 more

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I'm on the nicotine patch to quit smoking but I still sometime use a hookah. Is this ok?

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?

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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How many people are able to use the nicotrol (nicotine patch) inhaler to quit smoking?

How many people are able to use the nicotrol (nicotine patch) inhaler to quit smoking?

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

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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?

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

Dr. Julie Abbott
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Nicotine Patch (Definition)

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


Nicotine (Definition)

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