Nicoderm CQ

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Generic Name: Nicoderm CQ Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Uses

What is Nicoderm CQ® (nicotine patch) used for?

Nicoderm CQ® is commonly used to treat nicotine withdrawal. It is used to curb the craving to smoke.

How should I take Nicoderm CQ® (nicotine patch)?

Use Nicoderm CQ® as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

The patch comes in 3 doses. If you smoke 11 or more cigarettes a day start with the 21 mg patch (step 1). If you smoke 10 or less cigarettes a day start with the 14 mg patch (step 2).

Put patch on clean, dry, healthy skin on the chest, back, belly, or upper arm. Move the site with each new patch.

Put patch on a site without hair.

Wash your hands after use.

Keep each patch on for 16 to 24 hours.

Do not leave on the skin for more than 24 hours.

Do not put on more than 1 patch at a time.

Do not use patches that are cut or do not look right.

How do I store Nicoderm CQ® (nicotine patch)?

Nicoderm CQ® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Nicoderm CQ® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Nicoderm CQ® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Nicoderm CQ® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Nicoderm CQ® (nicotine patch)?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Nicoderm CQ® or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
  • You are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • You have any of these health problems: Chest pain or pressure, a heartbeat that does not feel normal, or a recent heart attack.
  • You still smoke, chew tobacco, or use other products that have nicotine while using this medicine.

Tell all of your health care providers that you take Nicoderm CQ®. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.

Get counseling to help you quit smoking.

Do not use more than told. Unsafe side effects may happen.

Tell your doctor if you are taking another drug to help you stop smoking.

Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert until you see how this medicine affects you.

If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), you will need to watch your blood sugar closely.

When you stop smoking, other drugs may be affected. Talk with your doctor.

Tell your doctor if you have not been able to quit smoking after using Nicoderm CQ® for as long as it says to use it.

The patch may have metal. Take off the patch before an MRI.

This medicine may cause harm if swallowed. If this medicine is swallowed, call a doctor or poison control center right away.

This medicine may cause harm or be deadly if used or swallowed by children or pets. If a child uses Nicoderm CQ® or if this medicine is swallowed by a child or pet, call a doctor or poison control center right away.

If you are 65 or older, use Nicoderm CQ® with care. You could have more side effects.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Nicoderm CQ® during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Nicoderm CQ®. Nicoderm CQ® is pregnancy risk category D, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk
  • B=No risk in some studies
  • C=There may be some risk
  • D=Positive evidence of risk
  • X=Contraindicated
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Nicoderm CQ® (nicotine patch)?

Side effects may occur when using this drug, such as:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat
  • Very nervous and excitable
  • Mood changes
  • Feeling confused
  • Chest pain or pressure, a fast heartbeat, or passing out
  • A heartbeat that does not feel normal
  • A burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal
  • Dizziness
  • Very bad headache
  • Upset stomach or throwing up
  • Loose stools (diarrhea)
  • Drooling
  • Shakiness
  • Feeling tired or weak
  • Cold sweats
  • Blurred eyesight
  • Change in hearing
  • Very bad skin irritation

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Nicoderm CQ® (nicotine patch)?

Nicoderm CQ® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with Nicoderm CQ® (nicotine patch)?

Nicoderm CQ® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Nicoderm CQ® (nicotine patch)?

Nicoderm CQ® (nicotine patch) may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Nicoderm CQ® (nicotine patch).

What is the dose of Nicoderm CQ® (nicotine patch) for an adult?

Usual Adult Dose for Smoking Cessation

Gum:

Recommended dose:

  • First cigarette within 30 minutes of waking up: 4 mg
  • First cigarette more than 30 minutes after waking up: 2 mg

Recommended regimen:

  • Weeks 1 to 6: 1 piece of gum orally every 1 to 2 hours
  • Weeks 7 to 9: 1 piece of gum orally every 2 to 4 hours
  • Weeks 10 to 12: 1 piece of gum orally every 4 to 8 hours
  • Maximum dose: 24 pieces/day

Lozenge:

Recommended dose:

  • First cigarette within 30 minutes of waking up: 4 mg
  • First cigarette more than 30 minutes after waking up: 2 mg

Recommended regimen:

  • Weeks 1 to 6: 1 lozenge orally every 1 to 2 hours
  • Weeks 7 to 9: 1 lozenge orally every 2 to 4 hours
  • Weeks 10 to 12: 1 lozenge orally every 4 to 8 hours
  • Maximum dose: 20 lozenges/day

Inhaler:

Initial Treatment:

  • Recommended dose: At least 6 cartridges inhaled once a day for the first 3 to 6 weeks
  • Maximum dose: 16 cartridges/day
  • Duration of therapy: Up to 12 weeks

Gradual Dose Reduction: Duration of therapy: Up to 12 weeks

Nasal spray:

Initial Treatment:

  • Recommended dose: 1 to 2 sprays in each nostril every hour for up to 3 months
  • Maximum dose: 40 mg/day

Patch:

  • STEP 1: 21 mg patch transdermally once a day
  • STEP 2: 14 mg patch transdermally once a day
  • STEP 3: 7 mg patch transdermally once a day

More than 10 cigarettes/day: Step 1 for 4 weeks, then step 2 for 2 weeks, and finally step 3 for 2 weeks

10 cigarettes/day or less: Step 2 for 6 weeks, then step 3 for 2 weeks

What is the dose of Nicoderm CQ® (nicotine patch) for a child?

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is Nicoderm CQ® (nicotine patch) available?

Nicoderm CQ® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Patch

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Nicoderm CQ®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: September 11, 2017 | Last Modified: September 11, 2017

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