Can You Take Nicoderm CQ While Pregnant?

If you are pregnant and want to quit smoking, you may be wondering if you can use Nicoderm® CQ® (nicotine patch). The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies Nicoderm CQ as a pregnancy Category D medicine, which means it may not be safe for use during pregnancy because it may harm an unborn child.
 
During animal studies, nicotine increased the risk of problems in the offspring, such as bone problems, breathing problems, and low blood pressure. Women who smoke while pregnant have a greater risk for miscarriage, preterm delivery, and having a baby with low birth weight. Smoking after giving birth has been associated with sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
 
However, using Nicoderm CQ is considered safer than smoking during pregnancy. It is generally recommended that women first try to quit smoking without using a nicotine replacement medicine.
 
(Click Nicoderm CQ and Pregnancy for a closer look at whether you can take Nicoderm CQ while pregnant. This full-length article provides more details on the possible problems that may occur if you smoke or use Nicoderm CQ during pregnancy.)
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