What are Nicotinell Patches?
Nicotinell Patches contain nicotine, the addictive substance found in tobacco and tobacco based products. These patches are used in a treatment called nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) that helps smokers kick their smoking habit.
Nicotinell patches function mainly by relieving or preventing withdrawal symptoms once you have completely stopped smoking. On the other hand, if you are not yet prepared to quit smoking completely, Nicotinell patches will help you to bring down the number of cigarettes you smoke daily. The patches are also handy to satisfy cigarette cravings in situations when you can’t or do not want to smoke for long time, such as during a long haul flight or while at work.
Important Information about Nicotinell Patches
Smokers who try to quit smoking often experience nasty and unpleasant withdrawal symptoms and cravings for smoking as they become dependent on the nicotine in tobacco. Some of the common withdrawal symptoms are irritability, headaches, restlessness, insomnia and difficulty in concentration. Nicotinell patches are to be worn continuously for 24 hours. The nicotine present in the patches is absorbed continuously via the skin into the blood stream. This gives your body a small amount of nicotine continuously which is sufficient enough to prevent the withdrawal symptoms and cravings for smoking. Wearing the patch for 24 hours can be advantageous if you usually get a strong craving for smoking when you wake up in the morning.
Nicotinell patches will help you quit your smoking addiction but you must avoid situations where you will be tempted to smoke. Do not hesitate to seek help and support whenever you feel like you are losing against your craving for cigarettes.
Nicotinell patches should not be used by non-smokers, occasional smokers, or children below 12 years of age. Do not use these patches if you have any known allergies to any ingredients in them. Do not apply the patches on wounds, damaged, red or irritated skin. If you get a serious skin reaction such as severe redness, itching, rash, hives or swelling after applying Nicotinell patches, stop using them and seek medical attention right away.
More than normal amount of nicotine may be absorbed if you exercise while wearing a Nicotinell patch which may increase the side effects due to nicotine. Try to be cautious over here. Nicotinell patches (used or unused) must be strictly kept away from the reach of children. Nicotine dosage that is normal for adults can be toxic for children and may be fatal.
Nicotine is not recommended in any form if you are a pregnant woman as it has been proved to adversely affect the development of the baby. However, pregnant women who can’t give up smoking may use Nicotinell patches as these patches will provide less nicotine than smoking. Such women must discuss the risks and benefits of using Nicotinell patches with their doctor. Nicotine may pass into breast milk and harm a nursing baby. Ask your doctor if it is safe to use Nicotinell patches if you are breast feeding a baby.
Before using Nicotinell Patches
Take care of all precautions mentioned above before you start using Nicotinell patches. Also, use these patches with caution if: you are between 12 and 18 years of age (do not use without proper medical advice), if you have conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, tumor of the adrenal gland, kidney or liver disease, or eczema or other skin conditions.
How should I use Nicotinell Patches?
Nicotinell patches come with instruction leaflet. Follow the instructions and details mentioned in it properly. Nicotinell patches come in various sizes and doses of nicotine. Depending on the level of addiction you have, you must apply the appropriate patch.
Apply only one Nicotinell patch at a time on clean, dry, hairless, and health skin on the trunk or upper arm. Do not put talcum powder or any oil on the skin prior to applying this patch as it will prevent it from sticking properly on your skin. Do not cut the patches in any way. Nicotinell patches are packed individually in child resistant sachets. Remove the patch from the sachet and peel of the metallic backing film from the patch before applying. Then apply the patch the desire area on the skin by pressing firmly on the skin to ensure that the patch sticks properly. Remember to change the patch after 24 hours and apply to a different area of the skin. Changing the location of applying the patches will prevent any irritation of the skin where patches are applied.
What if I miss a dose?
There is no likelihood of missing a dose as Nicotinell Patches are used when required.
What if I overdose?
Again, there is no chance of overdose as Nicotinell Patches release nicotine in a controlled manner.
What should I avoid while using Nicotinell Patches?
Follow all the restrictions already discussed in this guide.
Side Effects due to Nicotinell Patches
These are some of the side effects associate with Nicotinell Patches: headache; redness, itching, swelling, blisters or pinching sensation at the patch application area; insomnia; dizziness; muscle pain; vivid dreams, blood pressure changes, palpitations, or indigestion. These are not all the side effects due to Nicotinell patches. If you experience any serious side effects, stop using the patches and contact your doctor or seek emergency medical attention right away.
Nicotinell Patches (Nicotine) Dosing Information
Your dosage may vary according to the level of smoking addiction you have (number of cigarettes you smoke per day). Follow the medication label and instructions carefully.
Interaction with other drugs
Nicotine replacement medication doesn’t itself doesn’t interact with other drugs. However the components of tobacco smoke can cause the removal of certain drugs from your body faster than normal. So, when you stop smoking, their (other drugs) removal may slow and hence their levels may rise in your body. You must notify your doctor that you are using nicotine replacement therapy. This may affect come of the following drugs: insulin, aminophylline, theophylline, chlorpromazine, cinacalcet, clozapine, flecanide, haloperidol, olanzapine, pentazocine, ropinirole, or pentazocine. However, these are not all the possible medications which can be affected by Nicotine replacement therapy. There may be others.
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