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Doctor insights on: Nicotine Patches

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Can I use expired nicotine patches?

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

Nicotine (Definition)

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


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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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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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Are nicotine patches safe and effective?

Yes: Although high dose nicotine use may need more than twenty-one mgs. ...Read more

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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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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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Why are nicotine patches leaving marks on me?

Nicotine patch: If no swelling or rash, try next application on different spot on skin. ...Read more

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Are there different types of nicotine patches?

Are there different types of nicotine patches?

Yes: The patches come in different dosages: 21, 14 and 7 mg. Also consider mutual support such as nicotine anonymous. ...Read more

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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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What will happen if I use expired nicotine patches?

What will happen if I use expired nicotine patches?

I googled your : Question since no one was answering you . According to one person, their pharmacist said it simply would be less potent. They advised them to try and see if the patch seems to help. Don't put on more than 1 patch at a time. One person said it could lead to depressive symptoms, but had no scientific evidence for that prediction. That's what i found on google hope it helps. Ask another pharmacist. ...Read more

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Nicotine patches not working and I'm having a craving?

Nicotine patches not working and I'm having a craving?

Difficult!: It's not uncommon to have cravings while on the patch. First, make sure you're using the patch correctly. Second, make sure you're getting an adequate dose (speak to your Dr.), and finally, understand the situations that trigger your cravings (environments, routines, and emotions) and make a plan for coping with those situations. It's best to have a range of coping strategies. See below. Best!! ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i could use 2 step two nicotine patches at one time?

Why: yes its probably safe to do 2 of the 14mg patches. i think a better solution is one patch then some lozenges for breakthrough craving. or you can buy the larger patches and cut them in half. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use expired nicotine patches?

YES: I am not aware of any toxic breakdown in the patches over time, and there is likely no evidence for this. This does not mean, however, it is entirely safe. The expiration has to do mostly with expected potency. Assume expired patches are less potent than fresh ones. If they help you stop smoking than by all means the benefits outweigh risks. ...Read more

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Are nicotine patches more effective than gum?

Different: They each replace nicotine in different ways and may be more effective for different people. ...Read more

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Is it safe to stay on nicotine patches indefinitely?

No. Nicotine: patches are designed to quit smoking, which is a short-term project, at least the physical part of the problem. Nicotine is a stimulant and an addictive one at that. Don't stay on nicotine in any form longer than necessary, in this case to drop taking in nicotine in some other way (cigarettes, dipping, etc.). Continuously driving your body with a stimulant is bad medicine. ...Read more

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What are the possible side effects of using nicotine patches 3 years passed their expiration date?

Nicotine patches: I don't think you will get side-effects from expired nicotine patches. The effect of the nicotine might not work well due to pass expiration date. ...Read more

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What are the harmful effects of nicotine patches ( when used to increase focus and memory) for a non smoker?

Nicotine: There is a lot of evidence that pure nicotine is not harmful. Well to a point, that does not mean it's not addictive. There is an underlying question why anyone would need this support from this drug? ...Read more

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Can i wear nicotine patches on blood thinners?

Can i wear nicotine patches on blood thinners?

Ask your Dr: Trust your Dr on any interactions. The treatment of patients is most effective when the Dr knows about all the things going on in and around their patients. They usually are so happy to have you quit tobacco that they'll help in any way possible! ...Read more