Facts about: Nicoderm® CQ® Lozenge
- Original and Clear NicoDerm CQ patches are nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products approved for over-the-counter (OTC) sale that became available at retailers in August 1996 and April 2000, respectively. Clear NicoDerm CQ is the only clear nicotine patch available.
- On average, NRT products, including NicoDerm CQ, can double the chances of quitting versus “cold turkey” when used as directed.
How Nicoderm® CQ® Works
- When smokers try to quit without help, their brains and bodies miss the nicotine that cigarettes deliver, resulting in the familiar and often unbearable cravings and withdrawal symptoms that are the main reasons for people not being able to quit successfully. The NicoDerm CQ patch is approved by the FDA to reduce these cravings for cigarettes and also reduce withdrawal symptoms like irritability and difficulty concentrating by providing safe, controlled doses of medicinal nicotine without the other harmful tars and toxins in cigarette smoke. NicoDerm CQ allows smokers to gradually step down their dose, thus decreasing their dependence on nicotine slowly, the way physicians and pharmacists recommend.
- NicoDerm CQ features a special rate-controlling membrane that delivers steady levels of nicotine throughout the day to reduce cravings. The nicotine patch begins to work immediately upon application.
- The recommended length of therapy for NicoDerm CQ is six weeks of initial therapy followed by four weeks of step down therapy. Smokers who smoke 10 or more cigarettes per day start at the 21mg dose for six weeks; then follow with the 14mg patch for two weeks; and the 7mg for the final two weeks.
- NicoDerm CQ offers an option for smokers who smoke 10 or less cigarettes per day. These smokers should start with Step 2 (14mg) for six weeks and then Step 3 (7mg) for two weeks and then stop.
- The NicoDerm CQ Starter Kits contain 14 patches; a child-resistant disposal tray; a User’s Guide; a CD Rom (in both Step 1 and in Step 2); and free enrollment in the clinically proven behavioral support program, Committed Quitters? (in both Step 1 and in Step 2).
- NicoDerm CQ provides smokers with the option of wearing the patch either 16 or 24 hours each day. This flexibility enables the smoker to select his or her own treatment based on the timing and intensity of individual nicotine cravings.
- NicoDerm CQ can be purchased at most drug stores, mass merchandisers and supermarkets with a large selection of non-prescription health products; however, it is not sold in convenience stores.
- For 10 weeks of therapy, NicoDerm CQ costs approximately $300, and an eight-week course of therapy costs about $240, depending on the retailer. This cost equates to smoking 1 ½ packs of cigarettes per day.
The Committed Quitters Program
- Purchasers of the Original or Clear NicoDerm CQ Starter Kit have the option of free enrollment in Committed Quitters, a clinically proven personalized support program, available by telephone or online at www.committedquitters.com.
- Clinical studies demonstrate that smokers who enroll in the Committed Quitters program experience up to a 26 percent increase in their chances of quitting versus those who use a nicotine patch alone (when used as directed).
- If you are under 18 years of age, ask a doctor before use.
- Stop smoking completely when you begin using the patch.
- Apply one new patch every 24 hours on skin that is dry, clean and hairless.
- Remove backing from patch and immediately press onto skin. Hold for 10 seconds.
- Wash hands after applying or removing patch. Throw away the patch in the enclosed disposal tray.
- You may wear the patch for 16 or 24 hours.
- If you crave cigarettes when you wake up, wear the patch for 24 hours.
- If you have vivid dreams or other sleep disturbances, you may remove the patch at bedtime and apply a new one in the morning.
- The used patch should be removed and a new one applied to a different skin site at the same time each day.
- Do not wear more than one patch at a time.
- Do not cut patch in half or into smaller pieces.
- Do not leave patch on for more than 24 hours, because it may irritate your skin and loses strength after 24 hours.
- Stop using the patch at the end of 10 weeks. If you started with Step 2, stop using the patch at the end of 8 weeks. If you still feel the need to use the patch, talk to your doctor.
- Do not use if you continue to smoke, chew tobacco, use snuff or use a nicotine gum or other nicotine-containing products.
- Ask a doctor before you use the patch if you have:
- heart disease, recent heart attack, or irregular heartbeat. Nicotine can increase your heart rate.
- high blood pressure not controlled with medication. Nicotine can increase your blood pressure.
- an allergy to adhesive tape or have skin problems, because you are more likely to get rashes.
- Ask a doctor or pharmacist before use if you are:
- using a non-nicotine stop smoking drug.
- taking a prescription medicine for depression or asthma. Your prescription may need to be adjusted.
- When using this product:
- do not smoke even when not wearing the patch. The nicotine in your skin will still be entering your blood stream for several hours after you take off the patch.
- remove this patch at bedtime if you have vivid dreams or other sleep disturbances.
- Stop use and ask a doctor if:
- skin redness caused by the patch does not go away after four days, or if your skin swells, or you get a rash.
- irregular heartbeat or palpitations occur.
- you get symptoms of nicotine overdose such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness, weakness and rapid heartbeat.
- If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, only use this medicine on the advice of your health care provider. Smoking can seriously harm your child. Try to stop smoking without using any nicotine replacement medicine. This medicine is believed to be safer than smoking. However, the risks to your child from this medicine are not fully known.
- Keep out of reach of children and pets. Used patches have enough nicotine to poison children and pets. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away. Dispose of the used patches by folding the sticky ends together and inserting in disposal tray in this box.