How should I use nicotine transdermal?
Nicotine transdermal is only part of a complete program of treatment that may also include counseling, group support, and behavior changes. Your success will depend on your participation in all aspects of your smoking cessation program.
Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Start using the transdermal patch on the same day you stop (quit) smoking or using tobacco products.
Your patch strength and number of weeks of treatment will depend on how many cigarettes you smoked daily before quitting. Read and carefully follow any Instructions for Use provided with your medicine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you do not understand these instructions.
Wash your hands after applying or removing a nicotine skin patch.
Apply the patch to clean, dry, and hairless skin on your chest or the outer part of your upper arm. Press the patch firmly into place for about 10 seconds to make sure it sticks. You may leave the patch on while bathing, showering, or swimming.
Do not wear more than one nicotine patch at a time. Never cut a skin patch.
Do not wear a nicotine patch at night if you have vivid dreams or trouble sleeping.
If a patch falls off, try sticking it back into place. If it does not stick well, put on a new patch.
You may wear a Habitrol patch for 24 hours.
You may wear a Nicoderm CQ patch for 16 or 24 hours (wear for 24 hours if you crave cigarettes when you wake up in the morning).
Remove the skin patch after 24 hours and replace it with a new one. Choose a different place on your body to wear the patch each time you put on a new one. Do not use the same skin area twice within 7 days.
After removing a skin patch fold it in half, sticky side in, and put it back into its pouch.
Do not use nicotine patches for longer than 8 weeks without the advice of your doctor.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep each patch in its foil pouch until you are ready to use it. Save the pouch so you can use it to throw away any used patches.
Keep both used and unused nicotine patches out of the reach of children or pets.
The amount of nicotine in a used or unused skin patch can be fatal to a child who accidentally sucks or chews on the patch. Seek emergency medical attention if this happens.