- The patch sticks to your skin like a bandage, to slowly release nicotine to your body.
- There are three different strengths of patches. The one you use depends on how much you smoke or chew. Your Health Care Provider can help you choose the right patch.
- You usually use the patch for eight to 10 weeks, but it can be used for longer.
- You can use the patch with other NRT products (such as gum), as well as some other quit medications.
How to use the patch:
- Apply the patch to a clean, hair-free area on your upper body or upper outer arm. You should apply each patch to a different place on the body.
- Remove the backing.
- Press the patch onto your skin for 10 seconds.
- Wear a patch for 24 hours.
- If you are having trouble sleeping, remove the patch at bedtime and put on a new patch in the morning.
- Always wash hands before and after handling the patch.
- Keep the patch away from children and pets.
- Click HERE to watch a video about how to use the patch.
Side effects of the nicotine patch include:
- Problems sleeping;
- Upset stomach; and
- Mild itching, burning and tingling skin during the first hour of wearing the patch (this is normal), and redness of the skin when the patch is removed.