(nik oh TEEN)
Created: 2005-04-07 17:03:37.0
Modified: 2010-03-09 08:20:59.0
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Canadian Brand Names
Habitrol®; Nicoderm®; Nicorette®; Nicorette® Plus; Nicotrol®
• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.
• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.
• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).
• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.
How does it work?
• Nicotine is a substitute for smoking and can help decrease withdrawal symptoms.
How is it best taken?
• Get counseling to improve the success of quitting.
• Use inhaler as directed.
• Do not swallow gum.
• Chew slowly until there is a tingling or peppery taste in the mouth.
• Then place between the cheek and gum.
• After the taste or tingle is gone, chew slowly again.
• Place between the cheek and gum at a different site once the taste or tingle returns.
• Keep repeating this for about 30 minutes or until the taste or tingle is gone.
• Do not eat or drink within 15 minutes of using gum.
• Apply patch to clean, dry, healthy skin on the chest, back, belly, or upper arm. Move site with each patch.
• Suck oral lozenge. Do not chew, break, or crush. Do not swallow whole.
• Take this medicine on an empty stomach. Take 15 minutes before or after meals.
• For the nose only.
• Shake well before use.
• Blow your nose before use.
How should I store this medicine?
• Store at room temperature.
Mexican Brand Names
Nicotinell TTS; Niquitin
Smoking Cessation Aid
Reasons not to take this medicine
• If you have an allergy to nicotine or any other part of this medicine.
• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.
• If you have any of the following conditions: Chest pain or pressure or fast heartbeat.
• If you have temporomandibular joint disease and are using the nicotine gum.
• If you are smoking during recovery from a heart attack.
U.S. Brand Names
Commit® [OTC]; NicoDerm® CQ® [OTC]; Nicorette® [OTC]; Nicotrol® Inhaler; Nicotrol® NS; Thrive™ [OTC]
What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)
• Use a missed dose as soon as possible.
• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.
• Do not use a double dose or extra doses.
• Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.
What should I monitor?
• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?
• Follow up with healthcare provider.