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Nicorette Patches Step 2: 10mg (7 Pack)

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is one of the most popular ways to kick smoking-in-the-butt, reducing cravings, and allowing you to ease in to quitting. You're this close to quitting, studies show NRT doubles your chances.


DIRECTIONS & DOSAGE:

Nicorette patches are worn continuously for 16 hours. The nicotine in the patches is absorbed continuously from the patches, through the skin and into the bloodstream. This produces a lower amount of nicotine in the blood than smoking, but the continuous level is enough to help prevent the withdrawal symptoms and cravings that you get after you stop smoking.

The patches come in three different strengths: 15mg (Step 1), 10mg (Step 2) and 5mg (Step 3).

Most smokers should start with the 15mg strength. One patch should be applied at the same time every day, usually in the morning. It should be removed after 16 hours, usually at bedtime.

If after eight weeks at this strength you have managed not to smoke, you should then drop down to the 10mg strength patches for two weeks, and finally the 5mg patches for two weeks.

Reducing the patch strength in this way gradually weans you off the nicotine, allowing you to focus on breaking the smoking habit. By the time you stop using the patches your psychological urge to smoke should be reduced.

PRODUCT WARNING:

Nicorette patches should be applied to a clean, dry, non-hairy, non-irritated area of skin on the hip, chest or upper arm in the morning. Remove the patch after 16 hours (usually at bedtime) and in the morning apply a new patch to a different area of skin.

Avoid using the same skin site on consecutive days. Do not wear more than one patch at a time. Do not cut the patches.

Do not apply the patches to broken, red or irritated skin.

If you exercise while wearing a nicotine patch the amount of nicotine absorbed into your bloodstream may increase, which could increase the side effects of nicotine.

If you get a severe or persistent skin reaction, such as severe redness, itching, rash, hives or swelling after using these patches, you should stop using them and consult your doctor for advice.

Make sure you do not leave unused or used Nicorette patches where children can reach them. Doses of nicotine that are tolerated by adult smokers during treatment can produce severe symptoms of poisoning in small children and may prove fatal.

Fold used patches in half so the sticky side is inside and put them inside the opened sachet, or in a piece of tinfoil.

Dispose of used patches carefully, away from children and animals, as they will still contain some nicotine.

Use with caution in Adolescents aged 12 to 18 years old. (If you are in this age group you should not use NRT for longer than 12 weeks without consulting a doctor, pharmacist or nurse for advice.)

Disease involving the heart and blood vessels (cardiovascular disease). Using NRT is much less hazardous than continuing to smoke.

However, if you are in hospital because you have recently had a heart attack or stroke or you have severe irregular heart beats, you should ideally try to stop smoking without using NRT. (Seek advice from your doctor.)

Diabetes patients (Monitor your blood sugar more closely when starting NRT.) - Overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism).

Tumour of the adrenal gland (phaeochromocytoma).

Severely decreased kidney function.Moderate to severely decreased liver function.- Eczema or other skin diseases.

If pregnant or breastfeeding.

SIDE EFFECTS:

Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine.

Just because a side effect is stated here does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect;

Rash, redness or itching at patch application site.

Dizziness, Headache.

Abdominal discomfort.

Nausea and vomiting.

Indigestion.

Awareness of your heartbeat (palpitations).

The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the drug's manufacturer.

For more information about any other possible risks associated with this medicine, please read the information provided with the medicine or consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Read the package insert for detailed directions for use.

Keep out of reach of children

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