How long do you wear Step 1 nicotine patch?
do not leave patch on for more than 24 hours because it may irritate your skin and loses strength after 24 hours. to avoid possible burns, remove patch before undergoing any MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) procedures. stop using the patch at the end of 8 weeks.
Where can you put a nicotine patch?
Apply the patch to a clean, hairless place on the skin between the neck and the waist, such as the upper arm, the shoulder, or the back. Do not apply the patch to the same location over and over again.
How long does it take for a nicotine patch to kick in?
How long does does it take for nicotine to reach a peak amount in my bloodstream? The Nicotrol patch is geared to provide the highest level of nicotine in the bloodstream within 5 to 10 hours after correct application.
Do you wear nicotine patches at night?
It will not work as well after 24 hours and may irritate your skin. If you have vivid dreams or sleep problems, remove the patch at bedtime and apply a new one in the morning. Water will not harm the patch.
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)
Can you shower with a nicotine patch on?
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.
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.
How soon after smoking can I put on the patch?
You can start using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) as soon as you throw away your tobacco. You don’t need to wait a certain length of time to put on the patch or start using the gum, lozenge, nasal spray, or inhaler.
Can you chew nicotine gum while on the patch?
It is best to avoid smoking while using the patch. Do not chew nicotine gum the way you would chew regular gum!
What happens if you smoke while wearing a nicotine patch?
Smoking while wearing the nicotine patch can not only increase your addiction and tolerance to nicotine, but it also puts you at risk for nicotine toxicity. Having too much nicotine in the body can cause dangerous heart rhythm problems that could be fatal.
Can I use nicotine patches forever?
Current guidelines FDA recommend that the patch be used for just eight to 12 weeks before consulting a healthcare provider. “Provider monitoring of longer-term treatment isn’t needed,” Hitsman said. “We know that it’s safe and effective up to six months; people should be able to stay on it on their own.”
Where should you not place a nicotine patch?
Try not to touch the sticky side of the patch (the side with the protective cover). Put one patch on a clean, dry area of skin on your upper body that isn’t covered with hair, such as your stomach, upper arm or side. Do not put the patch on burned, cut, or sore skin.
What is the success rate of nicotine patches?
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.
How do you keep a nicotine patch from sweating?
You can swim, shower or have a bath for short periods while wearing a nicotine patch. Note: If you plan on swimming for an extended period of time, we would advise using a band-aid, sticky plaster, medical tape or similar to secure the patch in place.