The Nicoderm smoking cessation patch works buy providing your system with low levels of nicotine without the carcinogens found in cigarettes that are so harmful. The patch releases the nicotine at a slower rate than smoking a cigarette does. Nicoderm helps you quit smoking by reducing the severity of typical symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. This allows you to gradually stop smoking completely.
Many people have no side effects or only minor ones. The following are the most common side effects of the Nicoderm patch:
Unusual or vivid dreams
Minor itching, redness, or burning sensation at the site where the patch has been applied
Some conditions can interact with Nicoderm so it is necessary to tell a doctor about any of the following before you use the Nicoderm patch:
If you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or breastfeeding.
What prescriptions and non-prescription medications you take.
Any allergies you have.
If you have a history of heart problems, high blood pressure, an ulcer, or either medical issues.
If you take medicine for depression or asthma.
Proper Dosage and How to Use Nicoderm
Nicoderm patches come in two different strengths and the one you choose depends on how many cigarettes a day you smoke. Those who smoke more than 10 cigarettes a day should begin by using the 21 mg strength patch. If you smoke fewer than 10 a day, use the 14 mg strength.
Always check with your doctor before beginning to use the Nicoderm patch. Following are instructions for use of the patch:
Before applying the patch, make sure that the skin is not oily, irritated, or damaged.
The patch should be placed on a clean and hairless part of either the upper arm or the hip. Ensure that it is stuck firmly to the area.
Replace the patch with a new one at the same time every day.
Never wear more than one patch at a time.
If you miss a dose of Nicoderm, apply one as soon as possible unless it is almost time for the next dose. Then skip the missed dose.