Nicoderm® CQ® (nicotine patch) is available without a prescription and is used to help people stop smoking. The patch is applied to the skin every 24 hours. The initial dosage you use will depend on how many cigarettes you smoke each day.
This nicotine replacement therapy works by continually releasing a small amount of nicotine, which is absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream. Nicoderm CQ helps to minimize nicotine withdrawal symptoms and gradually wean you off nicotine.
Although this is a nonprescription medication, you may want to discuss Nicoderm CQ's safety information with your doctor to help determine if this medicine is a safe and effective choice for your particular situation. For example, your healthcare provider will need to know if you have any other medical conditions, such as:
(Click Nicoderm CQ for more information on this medication. This article covers how this drug works, lists potential side effects, and offers some safety precautions to be aware of before beginning treatment.)
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