asked questions (FAQ) about Nicotrol patches
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does the Nicotrol patch compare to having a cigarette?
A cigarette delivers nicotine while you are smoking it. Afterward,
the level of nicotine in your system quickly drops, so you begin
to have cravings again. Cigarettes deliver nicotine faster, along
with toxins and carcinogens. The Nicotrol patch delivers a steady
amount of nicotine in the bloodstream throughout the entire day,
which helps curb your cravings for nicotine.
Nicotine is a natural alkaloid found in the tobacco leaf. It is
the active ingredient that causes your physical addiction to tobacco.
There are over 4,000 different chemical compounds in cigarettes,
and, while 60 of those are carcinogenic,
nicotine alone has not been proven to cause cancer.
much nicotine is in one cigarette?
The amount of nicotine you absorb when smoking a cigarette depends
on your brand of cigarette and on how you inhale, a cigarette can
give anywhere from 1 to 3 mg of nicotine.
how many cigarettes is one patch equal?
It is difficult to compare cigarettes to a patch because of the
different way they deliver nicotine to your body. Cigarettes only
deliver nicotine while you are smoking, then the level of nicotine
in your system drops to a point where you begin to have cravings
again. When you stop smoking, the level of nicotine in your bloodstream
quickly drops. The Nicotrol patch will deliver a steady amount of
nicotine into the bloodstream.
much nicotine am I getting?
The Step 1 Nicotrol patch will deliver 15mg of nicotine over a 16-hour
period. That equates to 0.9mg per hour.
The Step 2 Nicotrol
Patch delivers 10mg of nicotine over a 16-hour period. That equates
to 0.6mg per hour.
The Step 3 Nicotrol
Patch delivers 5mg of nicotine over a 16-hour period. That equates
to 0.3mg per hour.
is the essential difference between the step-down therapy patch
and the original Nicotrol patch?
previous Nicotrol patch NRT was not a step-down system. With the
Nicotrol 16-Hour patch you get the following two important features:
1) The gradual reduction of nicotine in your body during the quitting
2) The benefit of a patch that mimics your smoking pattern during
the day, which means no delivery of nicotine overnight.
patch system is designed to gradually reduce the amount of nicotine
you absorb into your body until you can do without it. Completing
the full program will increase your chances of quitting smoking.
do Nicotrol patches come in three different strengths?
The Nicotrol patch system is designed to let you gradually
reduce the amount of nicotine you absorb into your body. The Nicotrol
patch comes in three strengths: 15mg, 10mg, and 5mg.
Step 1: Start
with the 15mg patches and use them for six weeks.
Step 2: Switch
to the 10mg patches for two weeks.
Step 3: Finally,
lower your dose of nicotine by using the 5mg patches for the final
are Nicotrol patches different from other patches?
Nicotrol patch is designed to deliver a continuous and controlled
dose of nicotine over a 16 hour period. The Nicotrol patch has been
specially designed to be worn during the day taken off at night.
This is because nicotine can cause sleep disturbances. In clinical
studies, patients using the Nicotrol patch reported very few sleep
disturbances. Another thing that makes Nicotrol different from other
patches is its association with the 'Pathways to Change' support
program which is included with Nicotrol patch packages. The program
is designed to help you overcome your smoking habit with good advice
and information that will help you lead a healthy, smoke-free lifestyle.
Nicotrol also sponsors the supplementary online support called 'Nicotrol
Helping Hand', offering free, highly personalized online support
that identifies your smoking profile and tracks your progress. You
can even list friends to be contacted. Nicotrol Helping Hand gives
them advice on how to best support you in your quit-smoking efforts.
To sign up, please visit www.HelpingHand.com. It is a proven fact
that participating in a support program can substantially increase
your chances of successfully quitting smoking.
does the Nicotrol patch deliver nicotine into your body?
steady amount of nicotine is slowly released into your bloodstream
while you wear the patch. This is approx 0.9 mg of nicotine per
hour while you are wearing the Step 1 patch.Your personal level
of addiction plays a role in how fast the Nicotrol patch will satisfy
your cigarette cravings.
long after sticking the patch to your skin does the nicotine take
to enter your bloodstream?
nicotine begins to be absorbed into your bloodstream as soon as
an appropriate area of your skin makes contact with the patch.
long does does it take for nicotine to reach a peak amount in my
Nicotrol patch is geared to provide the highest level of nicotine
in the bloodstream within 5 to 10 hours after correct application.
long does nicotine last in my system?
half-life of nicotine is around two to three hours, so within 24
hours of using your last patch there will be very little nicotine
in your system.
much Nicotine do the Step 2 and Step 3 patches deliver?
2 (10mg patch) delivers approx. 0.6mg into your bloodstream per
hour while wearing the patch.
Step 3 (5mg
patch) delivers about 0.3 mg into your bloodstream per hour while
wearing the patch.
if I have lost the Step 3 patch? Could I remain on Step 2 for the
final two weeks?
you cannot move onto the next step, you should consult with your
physician for advice.
I need any form of prescription to purchase Nicotrol patches?
Nicotrol patches are available as over the counter medicine.
much will Nicotrol patch therapy cost?
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I smoke cigarettes while using this product?
No, it is important that you do not smoke while using Nicotrol.
If you smoking while using the Nicotrol patch this can lead to too
much nicotine in your system, which could cause unpleasant side
nicotine show up in a drug test?
neither the active ingredient, nicotine, nor its metabolite, will
interfere with a drug test.
I still use this product even if I smoke less than 10 cigarettes
Do not use this product. Nicotrol step-down patches are intended
for people who smoke 10 or more cigarettes every day. If you smoke
less than 10 cigarettes a day, we highly recommend that you consult
with your healthcare professional and discuss the best course of
Nicotrol patches available for people under the age of 18?
is recommended that you first speak to your doctor about using Nicotrol
patches to quit smoking.
is the sticky adhesive?
patches are composed of :
Nicotine – Stop-smoking aid
Step 1—15 mg
Step 2—10 mg
Step 3—5 mg
INACTIVE INGREDIENT - PURPOSE
Non-woven polyester – Protective liner
Pigmented aluminized polyester – Backing laminate
Polybutene – Adhesive
Polyisobutylene – Adhesive
Siliconized polyester – Adhesive
I take a shower or swim with the patch on?
sure to check that the edge of the adhesive is firmly secured to
the skin, if so, then you can take a shower or go for a swim while
wearing the patch. If the patch begins to fall off, then use some
additional medical tape to attach it in place.
most commonly asked questions about using Nicotrol patches
do I begin my quit smoking program?
You have to make the initial commitment to yourself that you want
to stop smoking for good. You are choosing to not let the cigarettes
control you! You must set a quit date that is realistic for your
personal level of addiction.
often do I need to use the Nicotrol patches?
Nicotrol patches are 16-hour (day-worn) patches.One should be applied
upon waking in the morning and be removed before bedtime.
long should I continue to use the patches?
The maximum recommended duration of NRT treatment with
the Nicotrol step-down patches is a 10 weeks period.
Step 1: Apply
one 15-mg patch per day for six weeks (7ct-7 days; 14ct-14 days)
Step 2: Apply
one 10-mg patch per day for two weeks (14ct-14 days)
Step 3: Apply
one 5-mg patch per day for two weeks (14ct-14 days)
the Nicotrol patch be used with other nicotine replacement therapies
is important that you do not use Nicotrol patches with other nicotine
replacement therapies unless directed by your doctor.
do I have to wait six weeks before proceeding to Step 2 of the program?
Nicotrol patch system is a step-down program designed to gradually
reduce the amount of nicotine that you absorb into your body until
you can do without it. Studies have shown that you will increase
your chances of quitting successfully by finishing the complete
program as directed.
I wear more than one patch at a time?
we recommend that only one patch be worn for the complete 16-hour
period. Apply one patch as soon as you wake up in the morning and
take it off before going to bed at night. Wearing more than one
patch can lead to unpleasant side effects due to the patches delivering
excessive levels of nicotine into your body.
I cut the patch in half to get less nicotine?
it is not a good idea to cut or modify the patches. The Nicotrol
patch program was designed to gradually reduce the amount of nicotine
you absorb into your body until you no longer experience cravings
and can do without it. Completing the entire program as directed
will greatly increase your chances of quitting successfully.
if the Nicotrol patch falls off my skin?
put on a new one, in a different area of skin. Make sure that it
is the right strength for the step that you are taking that day.
Be sure to remove the patch at bedtime.
if I forget to take the Nicotrol patch off at night?
problem. Just remove it when you wake up and put on a fresh patch.
I use a patch that has past its printed expiration date?
it is not recommended that you use any product which has past its
expiration date. The Nicotrol patch may begin to lose its potency
after the expiration date.
if my skin seems red and irritated?
is common to feel a mild itching, burning, or tingling sensation
for the first hour. When you remove the patch you might notice that
the skin may be red, but this shouldn't last longer than a day.
If any skin redness caused by the patch does not go away after four
days, or if your skin begins to swell or a rash appears, stop using
the patches and call your doctor.
I put a piece of sticky tape over the patch?
patch is designed to adhere on your skin without the need for extra
tape. If it does not stick well, we recommend that you ensure the
surface of your skin is clean and dry and/or try replacing it with
a fresh patch.
already completed the 10 week course but still feel the urge to
smoke. Can I start another 10 week course of patches again?
following completion of your recommended course of nicotine patches,
you still feel the urge to smoke, you should consult with your physician
before beginning another course of NRT.
do I remove the stickyness of the patch adhesive from my skin?
dermatological adhesive tape remover may be the solution to this
problem if normal cleansing does not remove the adhesive from your
skin. You may want to also try using rubbing alcohol or acetone.
Please consult with your healthcare professional if none of these
manage to remove the sticky adhesive from your skin.
should I dispose of my used Nicotrol patch?
is best to fold the sticky ends of the Nicotrol patch together and
put it back into the original pouch that it came out of before throwing
it away. Keep used patches out of the reach of children and pets
as they will still contain some nicotine.
and where should I apply the Nicotrol patch?
you first wake up in the morning:
Make sure to choose the patch with the right strength for the particular
step that you are on that day.
Locate a healthy-looking,
clean, dry, and hairless area of skin on your upper arm or hip.
Note: You should always apply a new patch and choose a different
skin site every day. If possible, it is best to apply the Nicotrol
patch at the same time each day that you are on the step-down course.
Cut open the
Nicotrol Patch packet just before applying and don't throw away
the packet (as you will need it later when you remove and dispose
of the patch).
Hold the patch
silver side up and peel off half of the clear covering. Now position
the patch by pressing the sticky silver side of the patch to your
skin at the site you wish to attach the patch. Once you have positioned
the patch, peel off the rest of the clear covering.
Use your palm
to press the patch firmly down in place and slowly count to 10.
Check the edges are properly stuck down. The patch should be flat
and smooth on your skin.
avoid contact with your eyes and other sensitive areas and always
wash your hands after handling Nicotrol patches.
It is time to remove the patch off your skin. It is important not
to wear Nicotrol patches for longer than 16 hours. Once you have
removed the patch, fold it and place it in back into the packet
that you saved from that morning. It is important to discard used
Nicotrol patches in a place where they will be out of the reach
of children and pets. Remember to wash your hands after handling
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