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- What is the nicotine patch, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for for nicotine patches?
- Is the nicotine patch available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for a nicotine patch?
- What are the uses for the nicotine patch?
- What are the side effects of the nicotine patch?
- What is the dosage for the nicotine patch?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with nicotine patches?
- What else should I know about nicotine patches?
What is the nicotine patch, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Nicotine patches are used for smoking cessation. Nicotine is released from the patches and absorbed through the skin. Released nicotine binds to nicotine receptors in the body, reducing nicotine craving and withdrawal symptoms associated with smoking cessation. The FDA approved the grit nicotine patch in November 1991.
What are the uses for the nicotine patch?
Nicotine patches are used to control nicotine withdrawal symptoms and cravings associated with smoking cessation.
What is the dosage for the nicotine patch?
Smoking more than 10 cigarettes per day:
- Step 1: Use one 21 mg patch per day for weeks 1 to 6 then,
- Step 2: Use one 14 mg patch per day for weeks 7 to 8 then,
- Step 3: Use one 7 mg patch per day for weeks 9 to 10 then stop.
Smoking 10 or less cigarettes per day:
- Do not use Step 1 (21 mg)
- Start with Step 2: Use one 14 mg patch per day for weeks 1 to 6 then,
- Step 3: Use one 7 mg patch per day for weeks 7 to 8 then stop.
Apply one new patch every 24 hours to dry, clean, hairless skin. Patients may wear the patch for 16 to 24 hours. Do not wear one patch for more than 24 hours due to chances of skin irritation and loss of effectiveness of patch.
Which drugs or supplements interact with nicotine patches?
What else should I know about nicotine patches?
What preparations of nicotine-patch are available?
Nicotine patches are available in doses of: 21 mg (Step 1), 14 mg (Step 2), and 7 mg (Step 3) per patch. Each patch delivers nicotine over 24 hours.
How should I keep nicotine-patch stored?
Nicotine patches should be stored at room temperature, 20 C to 25 C (68 F to 77 F).
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