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Is the Nicotine Patch a Good Way to Stop Smoking?

Many smokers have chosen to use the nicotine patch in helping with quitting tobacco. Research has shown that using Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) and other forms of NRT can help smokers quit by up to 50%-60%. People are realizing the health risks associated with using nicotine, and they are looking for ways to quit. For many people, nicotine replacement therapy may be an effective alternative to quitting cold turkey. Nicotine Replacement Therapy has become the post popular quit method for its easy of use and effectiveness. The nicotine patch works by slowly releasing steady amounts of nicotine throughout your day, gradually weaning the body off of nicotine.

How To Use The Nicotine Patch

Below is a list of instructions by Verywell Mind on how to use the nicotine patch.

  • Put the patch on clean skin. You may put it on the upper arm, chest, shoulder, or back. Try to be sure the skin is clean, free of oils, hair, scarring, or irritation.
  • Wash your hands. Once you apply the patch, wash your hands of any residual nicotine.
  • Some patches may be worn up to 24 hours. But, you may find that you prefer taking it off before bed and putting a new one on in the morning.
  • Put the patch in a different place each day. This helps to avoid skin irritation.
  • Discard the patch. Fold the patch in half so that the adhesive (the sticky side) is facing inward. Be sure that pets and children don’t have access to the patch, which may cause illness. Call Poison Control in the event of accidental use (1-800-222-1222).

As with any new forms of treatment, it is recommended to first talk with your health provider. Some people may experience side effects after using Nicotine Replacement Therapy. These side effects include vivid-dreams, sleep disruption, experience itching, burning, or tingling (when applying the patch), redness or swelling at the patch site for up to 24 hours. It’s important to speak with your doctor if you are having these symptoms or if these symptoms are not going away.



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