FDA Approves Novartis's Habitrol

Nicotine is the primary ingredient in tobacco products.

Nicotine in medical products is used to aid in smoking cessation. Using a controlled amount of nicotine helps reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms when you quit smoking.

Nicotine may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

The patch helps you quit smoking by reducing your nicotine withdrawal symptoms. When you wear a patch, nicotine is gradually released into your bloodstream through the skin. This reduces the withdrawal symptoms that many people normally feel when they quit smoking because it replaces lower amounts of the nicotine that your body has become accustomed to from smoking.

This patch program offers three patches with different dosing levels. You can move to a lower dose patch by changing the patch you wear to gradually reduce your nicotine level over an eight-week period. This program will help to reduce your nicotine withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, anxiety, restlessness, headaches, difficult sleeping and concentrating, increased appetite, and craving for nicotine. By helping to reduce these physical withdrawal symptoms, the patch helps you concentrate on the psychological aspects of quitting and to change your habits that trigger your nicotine cravings.

Habitrol delivers S(-)-nicotine, the active component of tobacco smoke, transdermally into the systemic circulation, continuously over 24 hours. Habitrol releases S(-)-nicotine in controlled amounts at a rate sufficient to produce plasma nicotine concentrations comparable to trough levels observed in smokers before smoking a cigarette. Because of the low, continuous delivery of S(-)-nicotine through the skin, Habitrol does not produce the rapid increases in plasma nicotine concentrations that occur with cigarette smoking and which are primarily responsible for smoking's addictive effects. Habitrol has been shown to increase rates of cessation in smokers who are motivated to quit. tag_IndicationsIndications

Take control with Habitrol®.

Let's face it...quitting smoking is no walk in the park. So why not give yourself every advantage in the battle? Habitrol® nicotine patches arm you with the tools you need to quit smoking permanently.

Habitrol® is proven effective to reduce or even eliminate nicotine cravings. Just one patch in the morning calms the urge to smoke all day. And because it's recommended by healthcare professionals, you know the Habitrol® program is a 100% safe way to quit smoking.