Pharmacy Corner
Smoking Cessation: The Road to Quitting with NRT Patches

NRT is available in 5 different forms and all can be bought without a prescription at your local pharmacy4,5:

  • Patch
  • Gum
  • Lozenge
  • Inhaler
  • Oral Spray

Long acting NRT

The nicotine patch is a long acting NRT. It slowly delivers nicotine into your body over 16-24 hours. Since it lasts so long, it helps to control your cigarette cravings throughout the day.2,3,4,5

How do I use the patch?

One new patch should be applied to clean, dry, non-hairy, healthy (i.e. no open cuts, bruises or scars) skin and removed after 16 or 24 hours (depending on the product). Some examples of skin sites include: front or back above the waist, or the upper outer area of each arm. To reduce skin irritation, each time you change your patch, apply it to a different area on your skin. You can use the same skin site again after 7 days. After you apply the patch, wash your hands with water only, as soap may increase the absorption of nicotine by your skin.2,3,4,5

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What do you do if your patch falls off your skin while you are wearing it?2,3

You can put on a brand new patch to a different area of skin, but be sure to remove it at your regular scheduled time. If you find that your patch falls off frequently, here are some tips:

  • Be sure that you are not applying creams or lotions to that area of skin

  • Clean your skin with rubbing alcohol before you apply the patch

  • Change the brand of patch you are currently using