Habitrol Nicotine Patches
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|Product Use : Habitrol Patches help you to give up smoking by relieving the desire to smoke.|
|Classification : ||OTC Pharmacy Only Medicine|
(No Prescription Required)
|Manufacturer Name : Novartis
Also see: Habitrol Nicotine Patches 14mg (7 patches) Habitrol Nicotine Patches 21mg (7 patches)
| 1 packet of Habitrol Nicotine Patches 7mg ||7 patches||NZD $23.50
| 2 packets of Habitrol Nicotine Patches 7mg ||14 patches||NZD $46.20
| 3 packets of Habitrol Nicotine Patches 7mg ||21 patches||NZD $68.70
| 5 packets of Habitrol Nicotine Patches 7mg ||35 patches||NZD $113.50
Information - Habitrol Nicotine Patches
Smokers have both a physical reliance on nicotine (i.e. the body becomes dependent on nicotine) and a psychological reliance on the smoking habit.
When you give up smoking, your body will miss the effects of nicotine and you will miss the habit of smoking.
Habitrol Patch helps you to tackle these two sides of the problem separately, instead of all at once.
It is your body's dependence on nicotine, which causes with-drawal symptoms when you suddenly stop smoking. Nicotine is an addictive substance. Symptoms may include irritability, restlessness, depression, weight gain, and craving for cigarettes.
Habitrol Patch is intended to ease such withdrawal symptoms by providing your body with nicotine. This leaves your mind free to concentrate on overcoming your psychological desire to smoke.
Habitrol patch has been designed to slowly allow nicotine to be absorbed through your skin. The amount of nicotine in the Habitrol Patch is sufficient to help overcome the withdrawal symptoms but is lower than the amount of nicotine which you get from smoking. Therefore, overcoming your reliance on the nicotine in Habitrol Patch is much easier than overcoming your dependence on the nicotine you get from smoking.
Habitrol Patch is intended to help you to give up smoking, but you will only be successful in becoming a non-smoker if you are determined to quit.
There are three different strengths of Habitrol Patch. The patch is applied on waking (usually in the morning) and removed 24 hours later.
1. Use the Habitrol 14mg Patch for 3-6 weeks and then use the Habitrol 7mg patch for 3-6 weeks while using the same number of pieces of Habitrol Gum in a day that you have routinely used. Then when a patch is no longer needed, gradually reduce the number of pieces of gum until you no longer need them. OR
2. Stop use of the Habitrol 21mg Patch and then gradually reduce the number of pieces of Habitrol 2mg Gum that are used until you no longer need them.
When you first start to use the Habitrol Patch you should use the highest strength. This is the 21mg Habitrol Patch. You should use this strength patch daily for 8 weeks.
Then you should reduce the amount of nicotine you are using by changing the strength of the patch you use. Use the next lower strength patch (14mg) applied daily for 2 weeks, then use the lowest strength patch (7mg) applied daily for two weeks.
This gradual reduction in the amount of nicotine will help your body get used to going without nicotine.
If you have been unable to quit smoking after this time, then further use of the Habitrol Patch may be considered after advice from your doctor or pharmacist.
How to combine use of Habitrol patch and Gum
Normally Habitrol Patch or Gum alone would provide enough nicotine to help most people control their craving for cigarettes. However, some people may find that even though they are using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) they still have intense or frequent cravings they find difficult to cope with. If you are one of these people you may benefit from combining Habitrol Patch with Habitrol 2mg Gum.
Each morning apply a Habitrol 21mg Patch to an intact area of skin. The Habitrol Patch should be removed before going to bed. After applying the Habitrol Patch use Habitrol 2mg Gum whenever a craving occurs.
If you are using Habitrol 2mg Gum try to chew at least 4 pieces of gum every day. Most people will use 5-6 pieces.
The combination of Habitrol Patch and Habitrol Gum should be used in this way for 6-12 weeks. After this time if required you can wean yourself off NRT by either:
Habitrol Patch helps you to give up smoking by relieving the desire to smoke, as well as some of the unpleasant effects, which smokers experience when they stop smoking.
Habitrol patches contain 14mg Nicotine 14mg per patch.
When you must not use Habitrol Patch
You are pregnant or intend to become pregnant
Do not use Habitrol Patch If:
There is medical evidence that nicotine in any form may be harmful to an unborn child. Therefore it is recommended that you do not use Habitrol if you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant, unless you are unable to stop smokig without nicotine replacement. Talk to your doctor before using Habitrol Patch during pregnancy.
You are breast-feeding or intend to breast-feed
Nicotine passes freely into breastmilk, and can affect the health of the baby. Therefore it is recommended that you do not use Habitrol Patch if you are breast-feeding or intend to breast-feed.
You have had a recent heart attack or stroke
You have heart disease such as palpitations (fast or irregular heart beats) or uncontrolled angina (chest pain)
You are a non-smoker
You are under 18 Years old
There is not enough information about the use of Habitrol Gum in children.
You are allergic to nicotine or may be sensitive to the patch adhesive.
You should not use Habitrol Patch if the expiry date printed on the carton has passed or the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.
Do not give Habitrol Patch to anyone else to use as it is recommended that they seek professional advice prior to starting treatment.
Before you start to use Habitrol Patches
If you have had any of the following, you should ask for your doctor or pharmacist's advice before using Habitrol Patch.
These medical conditions may need consideration by or discussion with your doctor or pharmacist. You and your doctor or pharmacist can then wiegh up the risk of using Habitrol Patch against the benefits you will get if you stop smoking.
The medical conditions include:
Angina (chest pain) or any other problem with your heart or blood vessels such as pain in one or more legs when you walk
High Blood Pressure
Stomach ulcer or pain
Hyperthyroidism (a disorder of the thryroid gland)
Phaeochromocytoma (a tumour of the adrenal gland)
Taking Other medicines
If you are taking any other medicines, including medicines that you buy without a prescription, in a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop, the way these medicines work may be affected once you stop smoking.
These medicines may include:
Theophylline (asthma medication)
Pentazocine (pain medication).
If you use too much (overdose) or in accidental poisoning
Overdosage can occur if more than one patch is used, or you smoke or use other nicotine containing products while you are wearing a patch.
Symptoms of overdose or poisoning include:
Nausea and vomiting
Weak, rapid or irregular pulse
Loss of consciousness.
In the event of yourself or someone else showing symptoms seek medical advice.
You can also help by doing the following:
Remove all the nicotine patches
Flush the skin with water and dry it.
Nicotine like all other medicines may cause unwanted side effects in some people.
Seek professional advice from your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are using Habitrol Patch. Most of the undesirable effects reported by users of Habitrol occur during the first weeks after beginning treatment. Some are minor and temporary but others may need medical attention.
You may notice the following:
Redness or itching of the skin where the patch has been
Nausea and/or vomiting
General skin redness and hives
Some effects, such as dizziness, headache and sleeplessness may be withdrawal symptoms due to low nicotine levels.
If any of these effects do not go away, or you have any other undesirable effects during use, tell your doctor or pharmacist.