Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Use of the Nicotine Patch

Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Use of the Nicotine Patch

Article excerpt

Congratulations on your decision to quit smoking. The nicotine patch your doctor has prescribed will help make quitting smoking easier. Stop smoking on the day you start using the patch!

Do not let anyone else use the patch. Keep the patch away from children and pets. Do not use the patch if you are pregnant, unless your doctor has told you to do so and he or she knows you are pregnant.

Directions

1. Only open the sealed package when you are ready to put on a patch.

2. Peel the protective corner off the patch and throw the cover away. Try not to touch the silver side of the patch (the sticky side).

3. Put one patch on a dry area without hair, such as your stomach, upper arm or side. Do not put the patch on burned, cut or sore skin.

4. To apply the patch, place the silver side on your skin and press it firmly for 10 seconds with the palm of your hand.

5. Wash your hands after putting on the patch. Nicotine on your hands could get into your eyes or nose and cause stinging or other problems.

6. Wear the patch for about 24 hours. Put the next patch on in a different place. Use a different place each day. You can use the old place again after waiting one week.

7. When you take off the old patch, fold it in half with the sticky sides together. Put the old patch in the package from the new patch, and put the package in the trash where children and pets cannot find it.

Please tell your doctor if you take any medicines. The patch may change how some medicines work. …

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