As with many other medications, Nicoderm® CQ® (nicotine patch) can cause negative reactions. Some of the most common side effects of the Nicoderm CQ patch are skin reactions at the application site, including redness, itching, and burning.
To help avoid skin irritation, apply the patch to a clean, dry, hairless area of your skin. Do not place it on red or irritated skin. Also, do not use soaps, lotions, oils, or creams on the area before applying the patch. Choose a new skin area for your next patch; avoid the same area for at least one week. Also, do not keep a nicotine patch on for more than 24 hours. After 24 hours of use, the patch loses its strength and can irritate the skin.
(For more information on skin reactions with this patch, click Nicoderm CQ Side Effects. This full-length articles takes an in-depth look at possible side effects of this patch, including potentially serious reactions that require medical care.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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