Nicoderm CQ Side Effects
What should I watch for?
You should begin using the nicotine patch the day you stop smoking. It is okay if you do not succeed at your attempt to quit and have a cigarette. You can still continue your quit attempt and keep using the product as directed. Just throw away your cigarettes and get back to your quit plan.
You can keep the patch in place during swimming, bathing, and showering. If your patch falls off during these activities, replace it.
When you first apply the patch, your skin may itch or burn. This should go away soon. When you remove a patch, the skin may look red, but this should only last for a few days. Call your doctor or health care professional if skin redness does not go away after 4 days, if your skin swells, or if you get a rash.
If you are a diabetic and you quit smoking, the effects of insulin may be increased and you may need to reduce your insulin dose. Check with your doctor or health care professional about how you should adjust your insulin dose.
If you are going to have a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) procedure, tell your MRI technician if you have this patch on your body. It must be removed before a MRI.
Side Effects to watch for
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- breathing problems
- changes in hearing
- changes in vision
- chest pain
- cold sweats
- fast, irregular heartbeat
- feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
- increased saliva
- skin redness that lasts more than 4 days
- stomach pain
- signs and symptoms of nicotine overdose like nausea; vomiting; dizziness; weakness; and rapid heartbeat
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):