Nicotine Polacrilex

Description

Nicotine Polacrilex is an effective smoking cessation aid that reduces the withdrawal symptoms and craving for nicotine.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Nicotine Polacrilex

  • Mouth sores
  • Blisters or irritation in throat and mouth
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Acid or sour stomach
  • Diarrhea
  • Belching and Heartburn
  • Unusual tiredness and weakness
  • Blurred vision
  • Severe headache
  • Fast/irregular heart beat
  • Severe skin allergy
  • Difficulty in falling asleep
  • Dizziness and lightheadedness
  • Application site redness, itching, and burning

Uses of Nicotine Polacrilex

What is it prescribed for?

  • Smoking cessation
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    This medicine is readily absorbed through the mucous membrane and the skin. However, the amount of time taken by this medicine to show its action is subject to vary based on the route and form of administration.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is subject to vary based on the route and form of administration.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    This medicine may become habit forming with prolonged use.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary and the potential benefits outweigh the risks. The risks are likely to vary with different forms of consumption. It is advised to achieve smoking cessation through alternate means.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary and the potential benefits outweigh the risks. The risks are likely to vary with different forms of consumption. It is advised to achieve smoking cessation through alternate means.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to nicotine or any other ingredient present along with it.

Heart diseases

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a history of heart diseases and patients who have recently suffered a heart attack.

Continued use of tobacco products

This medicine is not recommended for use if you continue to use tobacco products in any form.

Non-smokers and occasional smokers

This medicine is not recommended for use if you are not a regular and habitual smoker.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary and the potential benefits outweigh the risks. The risks are likely to vary with different forms of consumption. It is advised to achieve smoking cessation through alternate means.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary and the potential benefits outweigh the risks. The risks are likely to vary with different forms of consumption. It is advised to achieve smoking cessation through alternate means.
General warnings

Heart diseases

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients with a history of a heart attack or angina (severe chest pain).

High blood pressure

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with a history of high blood pressure. Use is not recommended if the condition is untreated.

Peptic ulcer disease

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with a history of peptic ulcer disease or esophagitis due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.

Diabetes Mellitus

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with a history of diabetes mellitus. Close monitoring of blood sugars is advised for such patients. Appropriate dose adjustments may be necessary based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Liver disease

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with a history of liver diseases due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects. Appropriate dose adjustments may be necessary based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Endocrine disorders

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with a history of endocrine disorders due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects.

Pediatric use

This medicine is not recommended for use in children due to the increased risk of poisoning and severe toxicity which may be fatal. Care should be taken to keep this medicine away from the reach of children.

Missed Dose

Since there is no dosing schedule for this medicine, the likelihood of missing a dose is very low.

Overdose

Contact your doctor or seek immediate medical help if an overdose of this medicine is suspected. The symptoms may be more severe if this medicine is ingested by a child. Overdose symptoms may include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, weakness, and increased heart rate.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Hydroxyprogesterone

Ranitidine

Ergotamine

Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Consumption of acidic beverages such as coffee, coke, or other carbonated drinks may reduce the absorption and effects of nicotine. You should maintain a time gap of at least 15 to 30 minutes between the consumption of nicotine and these acidic beverages.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take Nicotine Polacrilex following all the instructions on the label or as prescribed by the doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller quantities than recommended. Do not smoke or use nicotine products in any form while taking this medicine.
Miscelleneous

Usage does not depend on food timings

To be taken as instructed by doctor

May cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine works by binding to certain specific receptors in the body and reduces the urge to smoke. It also relieves the withdrawal symptoms after smoking has been stopped.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Smoking cessation agents

Schedule

OTC

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https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/medicine/20833

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https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/89594#section=Top

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https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB00184

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https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a684056.html

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Information on this page was last updated on 29 Aug 2017

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