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How does the patch work?

Nobody ever said quitting smoking was going to be easy. Nicotine is an extremely addictive drug, and breaking the addiction can be very difficult. Fortunately, you don’t have to go it alone. There are a number of products that can help you quit successfully.

One of the most popular smoking cessation aids is the nicotine patch. The patch attaches to your skin like an adhesive bandage and delivers a small, constant amount of nicotine through your skin into your bloodstream. By gradually reducing the amount of nicotine delivered to your body, the patch helps you reduce your dependence on the drug.

The patch might be the right choice for you if you:

  • have strong morning cravings
  • want something you can put on and forget about
  • want something that is discrete to use

If you choose the patch, it is important to use it properly. Follow the directions on the package and be sure to apply it to intact skin that is clean, dry, oil-free, and not covered with hair. Choose a different site every day, and wait a full week before reusing a site. All patches (new and used) should be kept where children and pets can’t get at them.

If you don’t like the idea of wearing a patch, nicotine replacement products are available in the form of a gum, lozenge, and inhaler. There are also non-nicotine medications that are available with a prescription. If you want to quit smoking and aren’t sure what type of smoking cessation aid would be right for you, your Sobeys Pharmacist will be happy to advise you about the options.