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Can nicotine patch cause high bp?

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I am a 45 year old women, medium build weight. Just over two weeks ago I had my thyroid removed, on the day of my surgery I quit smoking (20 a day habit)and used nicotine patches. Surgery went well and stayed off the cigarettes. My blood pressure was high after my surgery and got worse and had a very bad episode of feeling like I was having a heart attack and was put on blood pressure tablets as my blood pressure was 180. I stayed cigarette free but felt so ill, no energy for 2 weeks . Yesterday I felt so low I removed the nicotine patch and regained smoking. Today I am feeling a bit better i have not felt the need for my blood pressure tablet. Could the nicotine patch be related to my high blood pressure?
Wed, 2 Nov 2016
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hi.
hope u r doing well.
nicotine patches applied for cigarette De addiction has a side effect of increasing the BP a little. but taken everything in all, the smoking is much more dangerous than that little bp rise.

if u had a heart attack then u must consult a cardiologist and be treated for that. but restarting smoking is not the solution as it will be more harmful to you.
if bp is little high, then take anti- hypertensive for that after consultation with ur physician
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