Nicotine Patch

Eases your withdrawal symptoms by replacing some of the nicotine your body was absorbing from cigarettes.
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Nicotine Patch
Disclaimer: This information is only meant for educational purposes, and it not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. For any specific questions or concerns, please talk to a doctor.


Nicotine Patches work to ease your withdrawal symptoms by replacing some of the nicotine your body was absorbing from cigarettes. When you apply a patch, nicotine passes through your skin into your bloodstream. The patch delivers lower levels of nicotine into your body compared to smoking. However, the dose is high enough to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting smoking.


  • Easy to use - just put it on once per day and forget about it.
  • Useful for people who smoke heavily who need steady release of nicotine.
  • Designed to temporarily replace some of the nicotine that cigarettes would normally. supply and thus reduce the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal such as cravings, irritability and anxiety.
  • You can choose the strength of the dosage. This is dependent on the number of cigarettes you smoke per day. See below for suggested dosages or talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

How to Use

  • Dosing should be individualized based on how much you smoke
  • The patch should be applied and left on the skin for 24 hours per day. Other patch products may be different
  • The patch comes in three patch sizes, which give doses of 21 mg/day (Step 1), 14 mg/day (Step 2) and 7 mg/day (Step 3)
  • Typically a pack-a-day smoker would wear each size for 3 to 4 weeks, gradually reducing nicotine delivery by going to Step 1 to Step 2 to Step 3

Common Side Effects

  • Headaches
  • Cold or flu-like symptoms
  • Dizziness
  • Anxiety
  • Sleep problems
  • Vivid dreams
  • Stomach upset
  • Mild itching, burning and tingling are normal in the first hour of wearing the patch
  • Redness of the skin when the patch is removed

Note: Remove the patch and consult your doctor if you experience chest pain, irregular heartbeat, palpitations, leg pain or persistent stomach upset while using the patch.

Warning and Precautions

Stop using the patch immediately and call 911 or seek emergency help if you experience:

  • Chest pain
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Rash or hives
  • Trouble breathing

Stop using the patch and see your doctor if: 

  • Palpitations
  • Leg pain
  • Persistent stomach pain

Do not use if

You have severe eczema, psoriasis or other generalized skin disorders.

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  • Pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Being treated for any serious heart condition
  • Heart attack or stroke within the last two weeks
  • Require kidney dialysis
  • Use any prescribed medication regularly. Smoking alters the effects of some medications, and when you quit smoking it may be necessary for your doctor to adjust the doses, especially if you are diabetic, taking medications for high blood pressure or heart disease, or taking antidepressants, tranquilisers or sleeping pills

How to store

  • Keep out of the reach of children
  • Store at room temperature (between 15-30 degrees Celsius)
  • Protect from moisture and keep container tightly closed
  • Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date

Stop taking if

This is a summary and does NOT have all possible information about this product. This information does not assure that this product is safe, effective, or appropriate for you. This is not individual medical advice and does not substitute for the advice of your health care professional. Always ask your health care professional for complete information about this product and your specific health needs.

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