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NicoDerm CQ is a small nicotine patch that sticks directly onto the skin. When applied, it allows nicotine to pass through the skin and into the blood, delivering a steady stream of therapeutic nicotine that helps reduce cravings from quitting smoking. Because it features Extended Release SmartControl Technology, NicoDerm CQ ensures that nicotine won’t be delivered all at once, or run out too soon. For immediate nicotine release that helps you fight the urge to smoke all day long, NicoDerm CQ is a great stop smoking aid for your quit journey.
Choose Your Dosage
With NicoDerm CQ nicotine patches, you can take a step-down approach to your quit journey. First, choose the strength that’s right for you. If you smoke more than 10 cigarettes a day, start with Step 1. If you smoke 10 cigarettes or less a day, start with Step 2. As you continue your quit journey, you’ll gradually step down to a lower dose at Step 3.
How to Use NicoDerm CQ
NicoDerm CQ nicotine patches are used once-daily to help fight smoking urges throughout the day. Every day that you use a new nicotine patch, apply it to a different skin site. Refer to the product label for complete directions for use.
Why Quit with Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)?
NRT products are over-the-counter (OTC) stop smoking aids that can help reduce your cravings and withdrawal symptoms while you adjust to life as a nonsmoker. They work by delivering lower levels of therapeutic nicotine without the 7,000 chemicals found in tobacco smoke. NRT products come in three forms: gum, lozenges, and nicotine patches. Gum and lozenges allow you to self-regulate your nicotine intake as needed, while nicotine patches release a steady dose of nicotine throughout the day.
Q: How long should I use NicoDerm CQ?
A: You should use NicoDerm CQ for the full 8 or 10 weeks, depending on which step you start with. It is important to complete treatment. However, if you find that you need to use NicoDerm CQ longer than 8-10 weeks, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that it is acceptable to do so in most cases. Talk to your doctor or healthcare provider if you feel the need to use NicoDerm CQ for longer than 8-10 weeks.
Q: How do I apply the NicoDerm CQ patch?
A: Step 1: Do not remove the NicoDerm CQ patch from its sealed protective pouch until you are ready to use it. The NicoDerm CQ patches will lose nicotine to the air if you store them out of the pouch.
Step 2: Choose a non-hairy, clean, dry area of skin. Do not put a NicoDerm CQ patch on skin that is burned, broken out, cut or irritated in any way. Make sure your skin is free of lotion or soap.
Step 3: Take the patch out of the pouch. Save the pouch for use at time of disposal. A clear, protective liner covers the sticky side of the NicoDerm CQ patch – the side that will be put on the skin. The liner has a slit down the middle to help you remove it from the patch. With the sticky side facing you, pull half the liner away from the NicoDerm CQ patch, starting at the middle slit. Hold the NicoDerm CQ patch at one of the outside edges (touch the sticky side as little as possible), and pull off the other half of the protective liner. Place liner back in the pouch. Save pouch for disposing of the patch after use.
Step 4: Immediately apply the sticky side of the NicoDerm CQ patch to your skin. Press the patch firmly on your skin with the heel of your hand for at least 10 seconds. Make sure it sticks well to your skin, especially around the edges.
Step 5: Wash your hands when you have finished applying the NicoDerm CQ patch. Nicotine on your hands could get into your eyes and nose, and cause stinging, redness or more serious problems.
Step 6: After 16 or 24 hours, remove the patch you have been wearing. Fold the sticky ends of the used NicoDerm CQ patch together. Place in its pouch and discard where it will be out of reach of children and pets. Even used patches have enough nicotine to poison children and pets. Wash your hands.
Step 7: Choose a different place on your skin to apply the next NicoDerm CQ patch and repeat Steps 1 to 6. Do not apply a new patch to a previously used skin site for at least one week.
Q: If nicotine is the problem, why should I wear a nicotine patch?
A: NicoDerm CQ doesn’t contain any of the carcinogens (cancer-causing agents) that are found in cigarettes. The NicoDerm CQ program is designed to help you stop smoking. It helps you gradually wean off of nicotine over time until you do not need it anymore.
Q: Can I use NicoDerm CQ to help quit chewing tobacco, smoking cigars, or pipe smoking?
A: No, the FDA has approved the use of NicoDerm CQ only as a stop smoking aid for cigarette smoking.
Q: Can I keep using NicoDerm CQ patches after 10 weeks?
A: The standard NicoDerm CQ program lasts 8 or 10 weeks. If you think you need more than the 8 or 10 weeks, consult with your healthcare provider.
Q: What if my skin is sensitive?
A: Ask a doctor before use if you have an allergy to adhesive tape or have skin problems because you are more likely to get rashes. Stop use and ask a doctor if skin redness caused by the patch does not go away after four days, or if your skin swells, or you get a rash.
Q: How long after my last cigarette can I start using NicoDerm CQ?
A: Choose a start date for your quit and begin to use NicoDerm CQ that day.
Consult the user’s guide for complete directions and other important information.
NicoDerm CQ is a once-daily nicotine patch with Extended Release SmartControl Technology that helps prevent the urge to smoke all day long. It starts to deliver nicotine immediately, and continues steadily throughout the day. NicoDerm CQ patches are thin and clear, so it’s easy to apply and wear discreetly. Start with NicoDerm CQ Step 1 if you smoke more than 10 cigarettes per day or NicoDerm CQ Step 2 if you smoke less than 10 cigarettes per day. Follow up with Step 3 after completing Step 2.
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Style: 1 Clear Patch | Size: 21 Milligram, 14 Count
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