Nicotine Patch

Nicotine Patch

  • 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:

  • Headaches;
  • 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.