|MEDICATION|| Nicotine PatchOver-the-Counter24-hour patch|
21mg, 14mg, 7mg16-hour patch
|PROS & CONS||Pros:|
Easy to use (stick and go).
Once a day application.
24 hour patches help reduce early morning cravings.
|DOSAGE||If you smoke…more than 14 cigarettes per day:|
Start with a 21 mg patch.14 or less cigarettes per day:
Start with a 14 mg or 15 mg patch.5 or less:
Try quitting without medication first.Apply a new patch every 24 hours on a clean, dry, hairless area.
|TIPS||Some patch wearers find that they have vivid dreams or nightmares when wearing the patch at night. If this is a concern, try using a 16-hour patch or remove your 24-hour patch at bedtime. Don’t forget to put a new patch on in the morning, and plan for possible morning cravings.Skin irritation can occur when a new patch is applied in the same area as the old one. Try changing your patch site every day. Use hydrocortisone cream on the irritated area.|
|COST PER DAY||Name Brand: $ 4.00 – $ 4.50 /day|
(16- or 24-hour)Generic AvailableCovered by Medicaid & Medicare and other insurances with prescription.