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Nicotine Patch (Code C17955)

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Preferred Name: Nicotine Patch

Definition: A transdermal patch containing the alkaloid nicotine with nicotine replacement activity. Upon administration of the patch, nicotine is slowly released into the bloodstream and, although nicotine binds to nicotinic cholinergic receptors at the autonomic ganglia, adrenal medulla and at neuromuscular junctions as well, the binding of nicotine to the receptors in the central nervous system (CNS) appears to be responsible for the addictive nature of nicotine. Binding to CNS nicotinic acetylcholine receptors causes the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine which appears to be responsible for the addiction of nicotine. Administration of nicotine may prevent nicotine craving and may help with the withdrawal symptoms associated with smoking cessation.

NCI-GLOSS Definition: A patch that sticks on the skin and contains a small dose of nicotine, which enters the blood by being absorbed through the skin. This helps stop nicotine cravings and relieves symptoms that occur when a person is trying to quit smoking. A prescription is not needed for nicotine patches.

Display Name: Nicotine Patch

Label: Nicotine Patch

NCI Thesaurus Code: C17955 (Search for linked caDSR metadata)  (search value sets)

NCI Metathesaurus Link: C0358855  (see NCI Metathesaurus info)

Synonyms & Abbreviations: (see Synonym Details)
NicoDerm CQ
Nicotine Patch
nicotine patch
Nicotine Skin Patch
Nicotine Transdermal Patch

External Source Codes: 
PDQ Closed Trial Search ID 663019
PDQ Open Trial Search ID 663019 (check for NCI PDQ open clinical trial info)
UMLS CUI C0358855

Other Properties:
     Name Value (qualifiers indented underneath)
code C17955
Contributing_Source CTRP
Legacy_Concept_Name Nicotine_Patch
Semantic_Type Manufactured Object

Additional Concept Data: 
Defined Fully by Roles: No  


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