asked questions (FAQ) about Nicoderm CQ patches
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never smoke when sleeping, so why is it that they need to keep the
Nicoderm CQ patch on all night while they are asleep?
The Nicoderm CQ patch has been designed to be worn for 24 hours.
This is because the majority of quitters usually experience strong
cravings when they awake first thing in the morning. There is clinical
evidence that wearing a patch overnight can significantly reduce
the urge to smoke when waking up in the morning. Wearing the Nicoderm
patch overnight can help you get off to a good start each day while
you are stopping smoking.
should I do if my patch doesn't stick well and keeps falling off?
Please check that that your skin was clean and dry at the time of
application. Make sure that you press the patch firmly into place
on a dry hairless patch of skin. Note: Some soaps,
creams or lotions may prevent the patch from sticking if used prior
to patch application. It is best not to apply such soaps or moisturisers
to any areas you wish to use the patch.
For best results
the patch should be applied to a clean, dry, hairless part of the
skin, so check that you are correcly applying the patch. If the
patch still doesn’t stick, you can choose to use a piece of
medical tape over the patch to hold it securely in place, or switch
to a different form of NRT such as nicotine gum or lozenge.
many patches can be used at the same time?
Strictly only one patch should be worn at any one time. A single
patch at the dose indicated on the labelling should provide your
body enough nicotine to reduce nicotine cravings and withdrawal
will happen if I drink alcoholic beverages while using nicotine
It is completely safe to drink alcohol while using the nicotine
patch, but you may find it better to try and avoid drinking if you
find that you usually associate drinking with smoking cigarettes.
Sticking to activities that you do not associate with smoking is
a good idea for the first few weeks of your stop smoking program.
purchase a Nicoderm CQ program and then don’t use it for several
months. How long will it last?
If the pouch is unopened, Nicoderm CQ patches will last up until
the expiry date printed on the pouch. Once the pouch is opened the
patch should be immediately applied to your skin because exposure
to the air causes it to lose nicotine.
cut the patch in half to receive less nicotine, will this work?
The Nicoderm CQ patch has been designed to provide the fixed amount
of nicotine which helps reduce nicotine cravings and withdrawal
symptoms. The amount of nicotine has been established during clinical
tests and the appropriate amounts of nicotine have been included
in the various stages of the Nicoderm CQ quitting program. We do
not advise cutting or modifying the patches in any way as this may
affect the delivery of nicotine and could result in an inappropriate
level of nicotine in the blood.
rollies (roll your own tobacco) can I still use the patch?
Of course. The strength of Nicoderm CQ is calculated in the same
way as for ordinary cigarettes.
the patch difficult to remove, what can I do?
You can use an oil-based product like baby oil to help remove the
patch. This will quickly dissolve the adhesive so that you can easily
remove the nicotine patch.
if my Nicoderm CQ patch gets wet?
Nicoderm CQ is a waterproof patch. You can swim, shower or have
a bath for short periods while wearing a nicotine patch. Note: If
you plan on swimming for an extended period of time, we would advise
using a band-aid, sticky plaster, medical tape or similar to secure
the patch in place.
I shave the place where I wish to stick the patch?
Because shaving can irritate the skin, we would not advise immediately
applying the patch after shaving. You should wait for at least 24
hours after shaving before applying a Nicoderm CQ patch to the shaved
I use the Nicoderm CQ on top of a tattoo?
No. We recommend that you do not apply the patch over any tattoos.
about using Nicoderm CQ patches on the soles of my feet or on the
palms of my hands?
Do not use the patches on the soles of your feet or the palms of
your hands as the nicotine may not be absorbed into the bloodstream
as easily as it is from other more suitable skin sites (e.g. the
arm, shoulder, back or chest). Note: Applying the patch to the hands
or feet may also cause it to get in the way during your daily activities.
Warning: If a nicotine patch is applied to the palm of the hand,
the nicotine could be transferred to your eyes and/or nose through
hand to face contact. Nicotine patches and nicotine releasing substances
in the patch should always be kept away from the eyes and nose.
happens if a child applies or swallows a patch (used and/or unused)?
A Nicoderm CQ patch (used or unused) can contain enough nicotine,
or left over nicotine, to be harmful to children that come in contact
Make sure to
keep your used and unused nicotine patches out of reach of children
and dispose of them appropriately. If a child comes into contact
or swallows a Nicoderm CQ patch that is out of its protective pouch,
remove the patch (if possible) and quickly contact a doctor or accident
and emergency (A&E) department at your local hospital.
of nicotine that can be tolerated by adult smokers may produce adverse
symptoms if a nicotine patch is applied or swallowed by a child.
is very sensitive, how safe is it for me to use nicotine patches?
You should always check with a doctor before using Nicoderm CQ Patches.
People that have any skin disease, rashes or allergies to adhesives
should avoid using nicotine patches.
If at any time
you develop a rash, or if you find that the skin under the patch
becomes swollen or very red, you should immediately stop using the
Nicoderm CQ patches and consult your doctor. Note: A mild redness
and itching can be common when first using patches, these are minor
irritations, and should usually clear away on their own.
is it not advisable to use the same application site more than once
within any seven day period?
The 7 day time period is suggested to minimise the skin irritation
that can occur when using nicotine patches. Clinical trials of Nicoderm
CQ patches determined this length of time as most optimal. Application
site reactions were the most frequent adverse events reported, but
they were usually mild reactions and would quickly pass on their
own. During clinical trials, serious skin site reactions were extremely
rare. Also, nicotine withdrawal symptoms due to application site
reactions were infrequent and the incidence of dry skin due to contact
with a nicotine patch has been negligible.
are the differences between Nicoderm CQ, Nicoderm CQ Clear and other
generic brand nicotine patches?
The Nicoderm CQ and Nicoderm CQ Clear and other generic nicotine
patches differ only in they way they look, the active ingredients
are very similar. Most nicotine patches are identical in the way
they deliver nicotine through the skin as well as the way they are
applied and used to prevent cigarette cravings. This means users
can choose from many options depending on how they want the patch
to look when worn.
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