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Brand Names: Habitrol, Nicoderm, Nicoderm C-Q, Nicoderm C-Q Clear, Nicotine System Kit

Generic Name: nicotine (transdermal) (Pronunciation: NIK oh teen)

What is nicotine (Habitrol, Nicoderm, Nicoderm C-Q, Nicoderm C-Q Clear, Nicotine System Kit)?

Nicotine is the primary ingredient in tobacco products.

Nicotine transdermal (skin patch) is a medical product used to aid in smoking cessation in adults. Using a controlled amount of nicotine helps reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms when you quit smoking.

Nicotine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of nicotine transdermal (Habitrol, Nicoderm, Nicoderm C-Q, Nicoderm C-Q Clear, Nicotine System Kit)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • fast or pounding heartbeats, fluttering in your chest;
  • extreme weakness or dizziness;
  • severe nausea and vomiting; or
  • redness, swelling, or skin rash where a nicotine patch was worn (especially if these symptoms do not clear up within 4 days after the patch was removed).

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild dizziness;
  • sleep problems (insomnia), strange dreams;
  • dry mouth, upset stomach;
  • joint or muscle pain;
  • headache; or
  • mild skin irritation where the patch is worn.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about nicotine transdermal (Habitrol, Nicoderm, Nicoderm C-Q, Nicoderm C-Q Clear, Nicotine System Kit)?

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using nicotine transdermal if you have heart disease, a heart rhythm disorder, circulation problems, high blood pressure, history of stroke or heart attack, skin problems, liver or kidney disease, diabetes, thyroid disorder, stomach ulcer, asthma or other breathing disorder, or an adrenal gland tumor.

Do not use nicotine patches for longer than 8 weeks without the advice of your doctor.

Keep both used and unused nicotine patches out of the reach of children or pets. The amount of nicotine in a used or unused skin patch can be fatal to a child who accidentally sucks or chews on the patch.

The nicotine transdermal patch may burn your skin if you wear the patch during an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). Remove the patch before undergoing such a test.



Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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