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Nicotine Patches

Overview:
Nicotine patches are stuck ontothe skin, through which nicotine is released into the blood stream. Thisnicotine replacement product that lasts for 16 to 24 hours is available withouta prescription. Nicotine patches are easy to apply and discreet at the sametime. They come in different strengths, with the strength gradually reducingwith time. Nicotine patches are meant to supply that steady amount of nicotineyou get while smoking, but it is extremely tough to imitate or mimic thealternate highs and lows in nicotine level that comes with smoking a cigarette.Even irritations may occur under the nicotine patches at times.

How to Use Nicotine Skin Patches?
Nicotine patches may come invarious strengths and they may be used for various lengths of time. Smokers whouse nicotine patches to give up nicotine addiction should strictly adhere tothe directions given by the doctor, or the instructions written on the label.

You can follow the nicotine usagegiven below, but it does not mean that you need to necessarily stick to themalways. The methods of nicotine patches usage may be different for differentpeople, so it is always good to stick to the directions of your doctor.

  • Nicotine patches are applied directly to the skin
  • The patches are applied once daily, usually at the same time
  • Stick to the prescribed nicotine patches strength
  • Apply the nicotine patch on the dry and hairless part of the upper chest, upper arm or hip
  • Don't apply the patch on scarred, oily, broken or irritated skin
  • Immediately apply the patch after you have peeled off the protective strip
  • Keep the sticky side of the nicotine patch on the skin and press it for around 10 seconds; held it firmly especially around the edges
  • Wash your hands with just water alone after applying the patch
  • Replace the patch with a new one if the patch loosens or falls off
  • Wear the patch for 16-24 hours or as directed
  • You can wear the patch even while showering or bathing
  • Never wear two patches on the same area, it may cause skin irritation
  • You can switch to a stronger patch after two weeks of using the nicotine patch
  • After removing the patch, fold the patch with the sticky sides touching before you dispose them
  • You can start reducing the strength of the patch to lessen the nicotine withdrawal symptoms
  • Nicotine patches are best used for 6 to 20 weeks

Precautions & Warnings:
It is important that you talk toyour doctor regarding the following medical and health conditions before usingnicotine skin patches to quit smoking:

  • If you are allergic to any adhesive tapes or drugs
  • If you are using medications, both prescription and non prescription, like diuretics, oxazepam, insulin, high blood pressure medicines, propranolol, theophylline,pentazocine, vitamins, caffeine, imipramine and acetaminophen
  • If you have a history of heart attacks, irregular heart rate, angina, uncontrolled high blood pressure, skin disorders or overactive thyroid
  • If you are pregnant, planning to be pregnant or a breast feeding mother
  • And avoid smoking and other nicotine products once you have started taking nicotine patches

Side Effects:
The Nicotine patches for smokingcessation may cause moderate as well as serious side effects. You can informyour doctor if any of the following symptoms are severe or do not go away withtime:

  • nausea
  • diarrhea
  • giddiness
  • swelling and redness at the site of the patch
  • upset stomach
  • headache

If you experience any of thefollowing symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

  • fits and seizures
  • abnormal heartbeat rate
  • severe rash or swelling
  • difficulty breathing

Storage:
Keep nicotine patches in tightly closed containers out of the reach of children

  • Store the medication at room temperature, away from excessive heat and moisture
  • Discard and dispose the outdated and used patches carefully
  • Fold the patches by holding the sticky ends together after using them

Brands:

  • Nicoderm® CQ®
  • Nicotrol® NS
  • Nicotrol®

 

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