Ask the doctor: Can a nicotine patch boost my blood pressure?

Published: March, 2014

Q. On the day I stopped smoking a few weeks ago, I started using a nicotine patch. When I smoked, my blood pressure was great — 100/70. Now it is up to 160/90. I would hate to stop the patch, since it really helps, but I'm worried that it could cause high blood pressure..

A. First off, congratulations for trying to stop smoking. Every part of your body will benefit if you quit.

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