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Nicoderm

(nicotine patch)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02093138 NICODERM 14MG/24HR PATCH
02093146 NICODERM 21MG/24HR PATCH
02093111 NICODERM 7MG/24HR PATCH

What side effects are possible with Nicoderm?

Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.

The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes this medication. If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with your doctor.

The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking this medication. Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.

Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.

  • anxiety
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • fatigue
  • headache
  • insomnia (difficulty sleeping)
  • irritability
  • mild itching, burning, redness, or tingling in the area where the patch was applied
  • upset stomach

Although most of the side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not seek medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

  • chest pain
  • feelings of dependence on the medication or difficulty stopping the medication after your treatment is done
  • irregular heartbeat or heart palpitations
  • leg pain
  • severe stomach upset that does not go away
  • skin rash or swollen skin
  • skin redness caused by the patch that does not go away after 4 days

Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:

  • symptoms of a serious allergic reaction (such as hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the face and throat)

Symptoms of overdose

  • abdominal or stomach pain
  • cold sweat
  • confusion
  • convulsions (seizures)
  • disturbed hearing and vision
  • drooling
  • extreme exhaustion
  • pale skin
  • rapid heartbeat
  • tremors

Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking this medication.





Are there any other precautions or warnings for Nicoderm?

Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.

Medical conditions: If you have thyroid conditions, diabetes, stomach ulcers, heart disease, blood vessel disease, kidney disease, or a skin disease, discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.

Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediately.

Breast-feeding: This medication passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are using nicotine patches, they may affect your baby. Do not breast-feed while you are using this medication.

Children and adolescents: The safety and effectiveness of this medication have not been established for people under 18 years of age.

What other drugs could interact with Nicoderm?

There may be an interaction between nicotine patches and any of the following:

  • acetaminophen
  • adenosine
  • benzodiazepines (e.g., oxazepam)
  • caffeine
  • furosemide
  • imipramine
  • insulin
  • labetalol
  • peginterferon alfa-2b
  • phenylephrine
  • prazosin
  • propranolol
  • theophylline

If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:

  • stop taking one of the medications,
  • change one of the medications to another,
  • change how you are taking one or both of the medications, or
  • leave everything as is.

An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.

Medications other than those listed above may interact with this medication. Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.

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