Nicoderm CQ Side Effects

Headaches, sleep problems, and skin irritation are some of the possible side effects of Nicoderm CQ. Reactions to this nonprescription medication tend to be minor, but there are also serious problems that can occur during treatment. Seek immediate medical attention if you develop difficulty breathing, chest pain, or depression.

An Introduction to Nicoderm CQ Side Effects

Just like any medicine, Nicoderm® CQ® (nicotine patch) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Nicoderm CQ. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Common Side Effects of Nicoderm CQ

The prescribing information for prescription medications contains the exact percentage of side effects that occurred in clinical trials. However, information for over-the-counter (OTC) medications, such as Nicoderm CQ, is less inclusive. Therefore, it can be difficult to know exactly what side effects to expect, and how common the reactions may be.
Some information is available from clinical trials. However, it is difficult to tell whether the side effects reported in these studies were due to the medication itself, nicotine withdrawal in people who stopped smoking, or too much nicotine in those who continued to smoke while using the patch.
In clinical studies, some of the possible Nicoderm CQ side effects included:
  • Skin irritation at the patch site, such as:
    • Redness
    • Itching
    • Burning
  • Sleep problems, including insomnia, nightmares, and vivid dreams
  • Headaches
  • Increased appetite and weight gain
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Sweating or hot flashes
  • Nausea
  • Drowsiness
  • Indigestion or heartburn
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Nervousness.
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