Nicotine replacement therapy (patch, gum, lozenge, inhaler or spray) is used to relieve nicotine (smoking) withdrawal symptoms and help you to stop smoking.
Use nicotine replacement therapy as directed.
Use as part of a quit smoking plan from a health professional.
Remove the old patch, apply a new patch as soon as possible and continue as directed.
Gum, lozenge, inhaler or spray:
Should an occasional dose be missed it need not be taken later.
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Fast or irregular heartbeat
|Tell your doctor|
Patch - skin rash, redness or itch where patch has been applied, strange dreams
Gum, lozenge, inhaler or spray – increased saliva, sore mouth or throat, stomach upset, hiccups, burping
|Tell your health professional if troublesome|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. May 2016
For more general information about this sheet and its contents, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?
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My Medicines Patient Information Leaflets (PILs) contain important, but not all, information about the medicines they describe.
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My Medicines is developed by a team at the Canterbury District Health Board. Our team is made up of doctors, pharmacists, and a non-medical person to help us keep to plain language. We also discuss our information with specialist health professionals or groups when needed