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Nicotrol Ns Medication
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
Usually not: Most smokers are more addicted to the habit of smoking than they are to the nicotine. That is why nicotine replacement wit patches or nicotine gum or inhaled nicotine works only in a small percentage of smokers. ...Read more
Cessation is great: Nicotrol (nicotine patch) can be effective in smoking cessation as will the gum, patches, etc. You must want to quit as well. Don't think the nicotine substitute (any form) will do it all. You must meet half-way. Go on line for all the smoking cessation sites. I'm sure one will be helpful. ...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
Yes, but . . . : 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
Nicotrol (nicotine patch) inhaler or e-cig? Which do you recommend more? My doc is not an advocate of ecig but I think it would be more helpful than inhalers have been
Your choice: First, it depends upon which e-cig you're thinking about. Some vaporize nicotine while others don't use any nicotine at all. Obviously, the latter are "best" but they may not be enough if you're really addicted to nicotine. In that case, any way to get you nicotine is fine whether patch, gum, inhaler or e-cig. Benefit of these options is less exposure to cancer-causing components in cigarette smok. ...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
Probably: I don't know of any specific interaction that would be anymore 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
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 more
Maybe indirectly: I have not heard of this reaction to a nicotine patch although every body is different. What seems more likely is that you are feeling stress in the process of quitting smoking. This could make you sweat more. Also, if you are not smoking, your sense of, smell,is more sensitive. Do you feel ok otherwise? You may want to check with your doctor about the strength of your patch. Good work stoppin ...Read more
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
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
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
There are no listed dangerous interactions reported w/ any of the drugs you identify.
So good luck — I hope you are successful! ...Read more
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
Skin irritation: Your skin is very sensitive.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
Yes: But if contact with skin is poor it will not work as well. ...Read more