A nicotine patch sticks to your skin and slowly releases nicotine
into your bloodstream. Many kits come with different-sized patches that vary in
nicotine strength. For the first few weeks, use a large patch. Then use
medium-sized patches for the next few weeks, and use the smallest patches-which
contain the least nicotine-during the last few weeks. Replace the patch daily.
Choose a clean, hairless place on the skin between the neck and the waist, such
as the upper arm, the shoulder, or the back. To help avoid skin irritation, do
not apply the patch to the same place every time.
By using the patch, you can taper off your smoking or your use of
smokeless tobacco. The patch can help relieve your withdrawal symptoms. And after
about 8 to 10 weeks, you stop using the patch completely.
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & John Hughes, MD - Psychiatry
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