Nicotrol Patch Sets
1 pack of Nicotrol Patches contains 7 patches, or one week's supply.
We recommend three different dosage schedules, depending on how much you smoke, and which one you feel most comfortable using. Each schedule gradually reduces the amount of nicotine your body receives, enabling you to eventually stop using the patches altogether. It is recommended that you do not use the patch for more than 6 months, or that you consult your doctor or pharmacist about extended use.
Schedule 1 - Smoking MORE than 20 to 25 cigarettes a day:
Weeks 1 to 8: One 15mg patch per day
Weeks 9-10: One 10mg patch per day
Weeks 11-12: One 5mg patch per day
Schedule 2 - Smoking MORE than 20-25 cigarettes a day:
Weeks 1-4: One 15mg patch per day
Weeks 5-8: One 10mg patch per day
Weeks 9-12: One 5mg patch per day
Schedule 3 - Smoking LESS than 20 to 25 cigarettes a day:
Weeks 1-8: One 10mg patch per day
Weeks 9-12: One 5mg patch per day
How to Use Nicotrol Patches
Apply the patch to a dry, clean, and hairless area of the body. The upper arm is the most popular place for the patch, but other possible sites include above the waist, below the neck, the hip, the pack, the upper thigh, and the front or side of the chest. The patch is intended for external use only. Do not put the patch on an area where the skin is broken, fragile, or inflamed. To prevent skin irritation, rotate where you place the patch every two days. Use one patch per day. Do not cut a patch in half to reduce its strength. To apply, simply press onto skin until secure. The patches should not fall off, even while swimming or showering. If a patch does fall off, just throw it away and apply a new patch. You should always wash your hands with water after applying the patch in order to prevent the transfer of residual nicotine to your eyes or nose. Do not use soap to wash your hands as it may increase nicotine absorption.
Warnings and Cautions
Nicotrol Patches should not be used by children, persons under 18 years of age, or by non-smokers. Because nicotine can be harmful during pregnancy Nicotrol Patches should not be used by those who are pregnant or intend to become pregnant. The patches should not be used if you are breast-feeding as nicotine can pass into the breast milk. The patches are not suitable for use by people who have recently suffered a heart attack or a stroke, or who suffer from any of the following:
- High blood pressure (hypertension).
- History of angina.
- History of peptic ulcers.
- Narrowing of blood vessels in the extremities (peripheral vascular disease).
- People who have recently had a heart attack.
- People who have recently had a stroke.
- Severe disturbance to the normal rhythm of the heart (severe arrhythmias).
- Tumor of the adrenal gland (phaeochromocytoma).
- Allergic, itchy skin rash (urticaria).
- Chronic skin disorders such as dermatitis.
If you suffer from any of the above, or want to know how Nicotrol Patches affect the body when taken in conjunction with other medications, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
You should not smoke while using Nicotrol Patches, and because nicotine continues to enter the bloodstream several hours after removing the patch you should not smoke within 12 hours of removing the patch. Exercising while wearing a patch may increase the amount of nicotine absorbed into the body.
Nicotrol is made by Pharmacia AB, Sweden and is distributed by Pharmacia, Auckland, NZ.