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Nicotinell Patches

Nicotinell Patches

What are Nicotinell Patches used for?

Nicotinell Patches can help you stop smoking over a few months. You probably know that smoking is a very difficult habit to break. There are two sides to quitting smoking. The first is the psychological dependence on cigarettes. You have probably smoked for many years and smoking has become an important part of your life.

The other side is the physical addiction to nicotine. Cigarettes contain nicotine, and your body has become dependant on nicotine. The Nicotinell patch delivers nicotine into your bloodstream through your skin. Using Nicotinell will help to gradually reduce the amount of nicotine your body craves each day.

Counselling is available from various groups such as Quit For Life. To get the best out of Nicotinell, we encourage you to enrol in one of these groups.

Nicotinell is not intended for short periods, e.g. plane trips or other times when you cannot smoke. It is designed to help you quit smoking, not as a substitute for smoking.

General Information

Nicotinell patches are part of a carefully structured Nicotinell support program including materials designed to provide you with information to help you stop smoking (see leaflet inside carton).

Nicotinell patches, being a step-down approach will reduce your nicotine dose gradually, rather than stopping suddenly. The program consists of 3 steps which you will need to follow.

Each step has a specifically designed Nicotinell patch that supplies your body with nicotine over a 24 hour period. The dose of nicotine delivered through the patch decreases as you go from

Nicotinell 30 through to Nicotinell 10. Completing the entire program Bill increase your chance of quitting successfully. The step at which you start the program will depend on how many cigarettes you smoke each day.

Each Nicotinell patch can be worn for 24 hours so it works night and day

Directions

DIRECTIONS FOR USE: Adult dosage: Apply one patch at the same time every day, preferably on waking. Press patch firmly onto clean, dry, non-hairy skin, holding it in place for 20 seconds. Do not re-apply to previously used skin for 3 days. The enclosed leaflet provides full instructions on application.

It is important to read and follow them carefully in order to ensure optimal adhesion of the patch. NICOTINELL 30 (21 mg/24 hours patch) is the starting point for people who smoke 20 or more cigarettes a day. You should remain on Nicotinell 30, one patch per day, for 4 weeks. At this point: NICOTINELL 20 (14mg/24 hours patch) can be commenced on a daily basis for 4 weeks, prior to moving to: NICOTINELL 10 (7mg/24 hours patch) for another period of 4 weeks.

If you smoke less than 20 cigarettes per day you only need to start with Nicotinell 20 (14mg/24 hours patch), and use this for 4 weeks. You can then follow on with Nicotinell 10 (7mg/24 hours patch) for 8 weeks.

Where Can I Find a Nicotine Patch?

Before the Food and Drug Administration approved the over-the-counter sale of nicotine patches in 1996, they were available only by prescription; now you can buy a supply at a wide variety of stores, for about $4 a day.

Most nicotine patches are made for 24-hour use, says Humberto Choi, MD, a pulmonologist at the Cleveland Clinic. But some people may decide to take the patch off before they go to bed, so they wear it only around 16 hours a day.

Leaving the patch on for the full 24 hours can help provide you with a steady dose of nicotine, but you might be more likely to experience a side effect like skin irritation, too. The trade-off is that some people who don’t wear the patch overnight may experience more cigarette cravings in the morning.

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