Generic name: Nicotine patches.

Other brand names: Habitrol, Nicotrol, Prostep.

Nicoderm is a stop-smoking agent. 

Quick Facts About Nicoderm


Used to assist in quitting smoking by reducing the craving for tobacco.

Nicoderm Dosage

Carefully follow doctor’s detailed guidelines to avoid side effects and addiction to Nicoderm. Any single patch should not be worn for more than 16 to 24 hours; apply fresh patch according to your dosage schedule. Do not change brands unless directed by your doctor. Do not remove patches from wrapping until ready for immediate use.

  • Usual adult dose: 1 high-strength patch per day. If you weigh less than 100 pounds or smoke less than a 1/2 pack of cigarettes per day or have heart disease, doctor may prescribe lower-dose patch. Habitrol patches are round and come in 3 strengths; are worn 24 hours a day. Nicoderm patches are rectangular and come in 3 strengths; are worn 24 hours per day. Nicotrol patches are rectangular and come in 3 strengths; must be removed at bedtime. Prostep patches are round and come in 2 strengths; are worn 24 hours a day.
  • Usual child dose: not generally prescribed for children.
  • Missed dose: apply patch as soon as possible. Never use 2 patches at one time.

Nicoderm Side Effects

Overdose symptoms:

abdominal pain, blurred vision, breathing abnormalities, cold sweat, confusion, diarrhea, dizziness, drooling, feinting, hearing difficulties, heart palpitations, low blood pressure, nausea, pallor, salivation, severe headaches, sweating, tremor, upset stomach, vision problems, vomiting, weakness. Large overdose may cause prostration and respiratory failure. If you suspect an overdose, immediately seek medical attention.

More common side effects: itching and burning at application site, rash, redness of skin.

Less common Nicoderm side effects: abnormal dreaming, allergic reactions, back pain, chest pain, constipation, cough, diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, headache, high blood pressure, impaired concentration, indigestion, inflammation of sinuses, menstrual irregularities, nausea, nervousness, numbness, pain, pins and needles sensation, sleeplessness, sore throat, stomach pain, sweating, taste changes, tingling, vomiting, weakness.


Inform your doctor before combining Nicoderm with:

acetaminophen-containing medications; caffeine-containing medications such as No-Doz; certain airway-opening medications such as Isuprel; Dristan; certain blood pressure medications such as Minipress, Trandate, and Normodyne; cimetidine (Tagamet); haloperidol (Haldol); imipramine (Tofranil); insulin; lithium (Lithonate); oxazepam (Serax); pentazocine (Talwin); propranolol (Inderal); theophylline (Theo-Dur).

Do not smoke any form of tobacco during Nicoderm therapy; may result in overdose. Nicotine from patch is still in your skin and passing into the bloodstream for several hours after removing patch. 

Special Cautions

Should not use if pregnant or nursing. Immediately contact your doctor if you become pregnant during Nicoderm therapy.

Seniors should use with caution.

Not generally prescribed for children.

  • Do not take if sensitive to or allergic to nicotine, nicotine patches, or adhesive material.
  • Carefully dispose of patches; contain enough nicotine to poison a child or a pet.
  • Nicoderm should be part of a comprehensive stop-smoking program including behavior modification, counseling, and support with the goal of complete smoking cessation, not cutting down on smoking.
  • If after 4 weeks of Nicoderm therapy you are unable to stop smoking, most likely the patch will not work for you.

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