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Nicotine

Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor not required
Last Updated: November 20, 2019

Nicotine helps people quit smoking or cut down on the number of cigarette consumption. It also helps to provide relief in cases of unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

Before using this medication notify your doctor if:

  • you are allergic to any food or substance within medicine
  • you have severe kidney or liver or heart disorders
  • you have heart failure or high blood pressure
  • you recently had a heart attack or stroke, asthma or inflammation of the oesophagus
  • you are taking any other medications
  • you are pregnant or are nursing a baby

The dosage for this medication should be prescribed by the doctor based on your medical history and condition. Thus, usual dose in adults is 4 mg for patients who have their first cigarette within half an hour of waking up. For people who have their first cigarette after more than 30 minute, dose is 2 mg.

Information given here is based on the salt content of the medicine. Uses and effects of the medicine may vary from person to person. It is advisable to consult a Internal Medicine Specialist before using this medicine.

The medication can treat the below provided problems:

  • Smoking Addiction

  • Hypersensitivity

  • Acute myocardial infarction

  • Unstable Angina

A patient can suffer from the following side effects:

  • Is It safe with alcohol?

    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
  • Are there any pregnancy warnings?

    This medication is unsafe to use during pregnancy.
  • Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

    This medication is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.
  • Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?

    There is no interaction between driving and consuming this drug. So dose alteration is not needed.
  • Does this affect kidney function?

    Caution should be used in patients with impaired renal function.
  • Does this affect liver function?

    There is no data available. Please consult a doctor before consuming the drug.
  • How long is the duration of effect?

    The duration of effect of this medication vary from 9-12 hours, depending on the route of it's administration.
  • Is it habit forming?

    No habit forming tendencies are found.
  • What is the onset of action?

    The onset of action of this medication varies as per the route of administration. It is about 10 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Are there any missed dose instructions?

    If you miss a dose of this medicine, skip it and continue with your normal schedule. Do not double the dose.
  • Are there any overdose instructions?

    Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.

It binds to nicotinic acetylcholine receptors and triggers the release of dopamine. When dopamine binds to the receptors a happy and an intoxicating sensation is attained. The release of dopamine leads to vasoconstriction, blood sugar hike, accelerated heart rate, and raised blood pressure.

Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

  • Interaction with Medicine

    This medication interacts with the following medicine which includes Cimetidine and Bupropion.

Ques: What is Nicotine?

Ans: This medication helps people quit smoking or cut down on the number of cigarette consumption.

Ques: How long do I need to use Nicotine before I see improvement in my condition?

Ans: This medication is to be taken till the time you see an improvement in your health conditions.

Ques: At what frequency do I need to use Nicotine?

Ans: This medication should be taken in the dosage as prescribed by the doctor.

Ques: Should I use Nicotine empty stomach, before food or after food?

Ans: This medication should be taken after food in a prescribed dosage.

Ques: What are the instructions for the storage and disposal of Nicotine?

Ans: This medication should be kept in a cool dry place and in its original packaging. Make sure this medication remains unreachable to children and pets.
Disclaimer: The information produced here is best of our knowledge and experience and we have tried our best to make it as accurate and up-to-date as possible, but we would like to request that it should not be treated as a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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