Some people experience side effects with nicotine patches. There may be a slight skin irritation where the patch is applied. And you may experience vivid dreams, sweating, diarrhea, nervousness, insomnia or muscle pain.
Where is the best place to put a nicotine patch on your body?
Put one patch on a clean, dry area of skin on your upper body that isn’t covered with hair, such as your stomach, upper arm or side. Do not put the patch on burned, cut, or sore skin. To apply the patch, place the sticky side on your skin and press it firmly with the palm of your hand for 10 seconds.
What are the side effects of wearing a nicotine patch?
Possible side effects of the nicotine patch include:
- Skin irritation (redness and itching)
- Racing heartbeat.
- Sleep problems or unusual dreams (more common with the 24-hour patch)
- Muscle aches and stiffness.
Can nicotine patches cause back pain?
Joint pain. Back pain. Irritation where nicotine patch is used. Flu-like signs.
How long do nicotine patch side effects last?
Some users experience itching, burning or tingling when they first apply the patch. This usually goes away within an hour and is a result of nicotine coming in contact with the skin. Also observed in some people who use the patch: Redness or swelling at the patch site for up to 24 hours.
How many cigarettes does a 21 mg patch equal?
Determining the patch dose
For most people who smoke one pack per day or less, the following is a reasonable starting point: more than 15 cigarettes per day: 21 mg patch (Step 1) seven to 15 cigarettes per day: 14 mg patch (Step 2)
Can I use nicotine patches forever?
Current guidelines FDA recommend that the patch be used for just eight to 12 weeks before consulting a healthcare provider. “Provider monitoring of longer-term treatment isn’t needed,” Hitsman said. “We know that it’s safe and effective up to six months; people should be able to stay on it on their own.”
Can nicotine patches make you feel ill?
Nicotine patch: The over-the-counter patch is placed directly on your skin to release a low, steady amount of nicotine over time. Possible side effects: Irritation or redness on your skin, dizziness, headache, nausea, racing heartbeat, muscle pain or stiffness, or problems sleeping.
Can you use nicotine patches with high blood pressure?
As a corollary to this, nicotine patches seem to have little adverse effect on the cardiovascular system, and can be safely recommended to patients with hypertension.
What is the success rate of nicotine patches?
Yes, you read that correctly; the success rate of the nicotine patch, nicotine gum, sprays and lozenges is less than 10%. It’s near impossible to get a recent accurate figure from Google, but an independent scientific study* conducted shows a success rate of 3.4% for cold turkey and 6.2% for the nicotine patch.
What happens if you use too many nicotine patches?
Most people who experience nicotine overdose will recover if emergency medical services are sought quickly, and long-term health problems from the event are uncommon. However, slow heartbeat and difficulty breathing can cause hypoxia, a condition in which the brain is not getting enough oxygen.
Are nicotine patches bad for your liver?
Nicotine is a natural alkyloid that is a major component of cigarettes and is used therapeutically to help with smoking cessation. Nicotine has not been associated with liver test abnormalities or with clinically apparent hepatotoxicity.
Can nicotine patches cause stomach pain?
Some side effects have been associated with nicotine patches, including nausea, vague stomach pain, and chest discomfort.
Can nicotine patches cause anxiety?
Nausea, dizziness, flushing, heartburn, or headache may also occur. Common nicotine withdrawal symptoms can occur when you stop smoking and include dizziness, anxiety, depression, or trouble sleeping, among others.
How long does nicotine withdrawal last?
Nicotine withdrawal symptoms usually peak within the first 3 days of quitting, and last for about 2 weeks. If you make it through those first weeks, it gets a little easier.
Why do nicotine patches cause vivid dreams?
The (24 hour patches) patches slowly release nicotine as you sleep and during your REM cycle (your dream state) this would cause your mind to become more active. It is relatively common for quitting smokers on NRT to report unusually vivid dreams.