Apply the patch to a clean, dry, hairless area of skin on the upper chest, back, upper arm, or hip as directed by the package directions. Avoid areas of irritated, oily, scarred, or broken skin. Remove the patch from the package, peel off the protective strip, and immediately apply the patch to your skin.
Can you reapply a nicotine patch?
NICODERM® patches generally stick well to most people’s skin. However, if your patch falls off, put on a new one, making sure you select a non-hairy, non-irritated area of skin that is clean and dry. If the soap you use has lanolin or moisturizers, the patch may not stick well.
How many cigarettes does a 21 mg patch equal?
Determining the patch dose
For most people who smoke one pack per day or less, the following is a reasonable starting point: more than 15 cigarettes per day: 21 mg patch (Step 1) seven to 15 cigarettes per day: 14 mg patch (Step 2)
Where can you put the nicotine patch?
You’ll put it on in the morning, on a clean, dry, and relatively hairless part of the body between the neck and the waist — for example, on the upper arm or the chest. The patch should be changed daily, and when you apply a new one, be sure to choose a different location to avoid any related skin irritation.
Are nicotine patches bad for your skin?
Nicotine patch: The over-the-counter patch is placed directly on your skin to release a low, steady amount of nicotine over time. Possible side effects: Irritation or redness on your skin, dizziness, headache, nausea, racing heartbeat, muscle pain or stiffness, or problems sleeping.
What happens if you sleep with a nicotine patch on?
The 24-hour patch may cause sleep disturbance, such as difficulty sleeping or unusually vivid dreams. Removing the patch a few hours before you go to sleep may stop sleep problems.
How fast does the nicotine patch start working?
Following the Steps
It provides a 21mg dose of nicotine into the bloodstream over 24 hours. NicoDerm CQ delivers nicotine faster than other nicotine patches, with nicotine levels rising within the first 4 hours, then slowly decreasing over the following 20 hours.
Can I wear 2 nicotine patches at once?
3. MYTH: Using more than one NRT product at a time, or at the same time as an e-cigarette is dangerous. THE FACTS: No, it isn’t. In fact, using more than one NRT product at a time – known as combination therapy – can be a good thing as it often increases your chances of success.
Do Nicotine patches give you a buzz?
When the nicotine unlocks the receptor, a feel-good chemical called dopamine is released, giving you a little hit or buzz.
Can you shower with nicotine patch?
You can wear your patch when you bathe, shower, swim or soak in a hot tub. Water will not harm the patch as long as it is firmly in place.
What is the best time of day to put on a nicotine patch?
Begin using the patch on the morning of your “quit” day, even if you are not able to stop smoking immediately. Leave the patch in its sealed storage pouch until you are ready to put it on. Carefully open the pouch. Never cut the pouch or patch with scissors.
When should I put on my first nicotine patch?
Then begin using nicotine patch therapy first thing in the morning on your Quit Date. 3. Apply the patch to a clean, dry, hairless area of skin on the upper chest, back, upper arm, or hip as directed by the package directions. Avoid areas of irritated, oily, scarred, or broken skin.
Where is the most effective place to put a nicotine patch?
Put the patch on a clean, dry part of your upper body that is not hairy. The outside of the upper arm is often the easiest place. Press the patch firmly to your skin for 10–20 seconds so that it stays on.
What are the side effects of wearing a nicotine patch?
Possible side effects of the nicotine patch include:
- Skin irritation (redness and itching)
- Racing heartbeat.
- Sleep problems or unusual dreams (more common with the 24-hour patch)
- Muscle aches and stiffness.
What is the success rate of the nicotine patch?
Yes, you read that correctly; the success rate of the nicotine patch, nicotine gum, sprays and lozenges is less than 10%. It’s near impossible to get a recent accurate figure from Google, but an independent scientific study* conducted shows a success rate of 3.4% for cold turkey and 6.2% for the nicotine patch.
What can replace nicotine?
Short-acting nicotine replacement therapies — such as nicotine gum, lozenges, nasal sprays or inhalers — can help you overcome intense cravings. These short-acting therapies are generally safe to use in combination with long-acting nicotine patches or one of the non-nicotine medications.