Nicotine Patch

The patch releases nicotine into your body through your skin in a slow and steady amount while you wear it throughout the day (for either 16 or 24 hours). Nicotine withdrawal should get better in 30 to 60 minutes. The patch can be purchased from a pharmacy without a prescription.

• The 16-hour patch comes in 5 mg, 10 mg, and 15 mg.
• The 24-hour patch comes in 7 mg, 14 mg, and 21 mg.

How do I use it?

What else should I know? 

  • One patch gives you nicotine for 24 hours
  • Do not open the patch with your teeth or scissors. This can damage it and it will not work properly
  • The patch works best on clean, dry skin with no hair. Do not put on skin you just shaved or put lotion on.
  • The best place for the patch is on the upper body (upper arms, chest, back).
  • You can leave the patch one when you shower or bathe.
  • Store the patches at room temperature in a closed, container away from heat, moisture, and direct light
  • Potential side effects of the patch include:
    • Trouble sleeping or unusual dreams. You can take the patch off before bedtime to minimize these effects, but this may also increase your nighttime and early morning cravings.
    • Itching, redness, or burning where the patch is. Make sure you regularly change the site where you apply the patch. You can also try a different brand.