NicoDerm CQ

Generic Name: Nicotine

  • What is this medication?

    NicoDerm CQ contains a stop-smoking aid. It is intended to reduce withdrawal symptoms, including nicotine craving, associated with quitting smoking.
  • Are there any warnings associated with NicoDerm CQ?

    If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, only use this product on the advice of your doctor. Smoking can seriously harm your child. Try to stop smoking without using any nicotine replacement medicine. This product is believed to be safer than smoking. However, the risks to your child from this medicine are not fully known.

    Do not use this product if you continue to smoke, chew tobacco, use snuff, or use a nicotine gum or other nicotine-containing products.

    Do not wear more than one patch at a time.

    Do not cut the patch in half or into smaller pieces.

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

    When using this product, do not smoke even when not wearing the patch. The nicotine in your skin will still be entering your blood stream for several hours after you take off the patch.

    Remove this patch at bedtime if you have vivid dreams or other sleep disturbances.

    Stop using this product and consult a doctor if skin redness caused by the patch does not go away after 4 days, or if your skin swells, or you get a rash.

    Stop using this product and consult a doctor if irregular heartbeat or palpitations occur or if you get symptoms of nicotine overdose, such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness, weakness, and rapid heartbeat.

    Keep this product out of the reach of children and pets. Used patches have enough nicotine to poison children and pets. If this product is swallowed, get medical help or contact a poison control center right away. Dispose of the used patches by folding the sticky ends together. Replace the used patches in the pouch and discard.

  • Should I talk to my doctor before taking NicoDerm CQ?

    Ask a doctor before using this product if you have heart disease, a recent heart attack, or an irregular heartbeat. Nicotine can increase your heart rate.

    Ask a doctor before using this product if you have high blood pressure that is not controlled with medication. Nicotine can increase your blood pressure.

    Ask a doctor before using this product if you have an allergy to adhesive tape or have skin problems because you are more likely to get rashes.

    Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using this product if you are using a non-nicotine stop-smoking drug.

    Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using this product if you are taking a prescription medicine for depression or asthma. Your prescription dose may need to be adjusted.

    If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, only use this product on the advice of your doctor.

  • What are the possible side effects of NicoDerm CQ?

    Side effects cannot always be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue using this product.
  • What should I avoid while using NicoDerm CQ?

    Do not use this product if you continue to smoke, chew tobacco, use snuff, or use a nicotine gum or other nicotine-containing products.

    Do not wear more than one patch at a time.

    Do not cut the patch in half or into smaller pieces.

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

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with NicoDerm CQ?

    If NicoDerm CQ is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Always check with your doctor before combining NicoDerm CQ with any other medication.
  • What is the usual dosage of NicoDerm CQ?

    Adults and children >18 years: Stop smoking completely when you begin using the patch. If you smoke more than 10 cigarettes per day, use the patch according to this 10-week schedule:

    Step 1 - Weeks 1-6: Use one 21-milligram (mg) patch per day.

    Step 2 - Weeks 7-8: Use one 14-mg patch per day.

    Step 3 - Weeks 9-10: Use one 7-mg patch per day.

    If you smoke ≤10 cigarettes per day, do not use Step 1 (the 21-mg patch); start with Step 2 (the 14-mg) patch for 6 weeks, then Step 3 (7-mg patch) for 2 weeks, and then stop. Steps 2 and 3 allow you to gradually reduce your level of nicotine. Completing the full program will increase your chances of quitting successfully. Stop using the patch at the end of 10 weeks. If you started with STEP 2, stop using the patch at the end of 8 weeks. If you still feel the need to use the patch, talk to your doctor.

    You may wear the patch for 16 or 24 hours. If you crave cigarettes when you wake up, wear the patch for 24 hours. The used patch should be removed and a new one applied to a different skin site at the same time each day. Do not wear more than one patch at a time. Do not cut patch in half or into smaller pieces. Do not leave patch on for more than 24 hours because it may irritate your skin and loses strength after 24 hours.

    Children <18 years: Ask a doctor.

  • How should I store NicoDerm CQ?

    Store at room temperature.