Are Nicotine patches Safe? What about side effects?
Side effects from the nicotine patch.
They're more common than you'd think.
You're already read the studies that show that the nicotine patch is not an effective method to quit smoking.
The reason the nicotine patch doesn't work is intuitively obvious.
The patch doesn't address the physical habit of smoking, the taste and smell and sensation that many smokers enjoy, and the way it can help them relax.
Smoking is not just an addiction. It's a habit. And a social activity.
Smoking is also a social activity that many people enjoy doing with others on their work breaks, or when they're out drinking and partying.
That's where e-cigarettes come into play. E-cigarettes allow you to continue the physical sensation of smoking without absorbing the harmful carcinogens.
Read the studies comparing the e-cigarette with the patch and make the decision that's right for you.
Contrary to popular belief, the nicotine patch isn’t risk free. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if:
Medicines that may interact with the nicotine patch include:
Tell your health care provider that you're on the nicotine patch before receiving any medical or dental care, emergency care or surgery.
Nicotine dependence and withdrawal
Most doctors recommend that you limit the nicotine patch to eight weeks. If you use the nicotine patch for more than a few weeks or at high doses, you could develop a dependency.
So instead of cigarettes, you're now addicted to the patch.
Your doctor will probably caution you against stopping the nicotine patch suddenly. Stopping the patch suddenly could bring on withdrawal. Symptoms of withdrawal include anxiety, difficulty concentrating, increased appetite/cravings, weight gain, irritability, nervousness and trouble sleeping.
Common side effects:
More severe side effects:
This is only a partial list of side effects. Ask your doctor about the side effects of the patch.
If you suspect an overdose, contact your local poison control center or call 911.
Symptoms of an overdose include:
Excerpts from the Nicotine Withdrawal Video:
"Nicotine is an addictive drug, making cigarette smoking the most prevalent form of addiction in the U.S.
"Repeated exposure to nicotine results in tolerance, in which higher doses are required to produce the same stimulating effect. Nicotine withdrawal includes decreased heart rate, difficulty concentrating, nervousness, headaches, increased appetite and weight gain, insomnia, irritability and depression.
"The adverse effects of nicotine withdrawal make it difficult for most people to quit smoking."