to use the Habitrol transdermal stop smoking patch.
assistant can help you quickly select the course
of Habitrol patches that will be right for you.
1. Choose a clean, dry, nonhairy area of skin on your upper
body or the outer part of your arm. Do not put a patch on skin that
is very oily, burned, broken out, cut or irritated in any way. Immediately
before applying the patch, wash your hands and the skin area with
plain soap and water and dry completely. Avoid using any soap, lotion,
hand cream, tanning lotion or oil, bath oil, or insect repellent
that contains aloe, lanolin or glycerin. These products can leave
a moisturizing film on your skin which can interfere with the adherence
of the patch.
2. Do not remove
the patch from its sealed, protective pouch until you are ready
to use it. Carefully cut open the child-resistant pouch along the
dotted-line as indicated. If the new patch is cut, throw it away.
Discard the used patch you remove by folding it in half, sticky
sides together, and putting it into the disposal tray enclosed in
3. The side
of the patch that contacts the skin is covered in a shiny protective
liner. The liner has a precut slit to help you remove it from the
patch. With the silver side facing you, pull the liner away from
the patch, starting at the precut slit. Hold the patch at the edge
(touch the sticky side as little as possible) and pull off the other
piece of the protective liner. Throw this liner away.
apply the sticky side of the patch to your skin. Press the patch
firmly against your skin with the palm of your hand for about 10
seconds. Make sure it sticks well to your skin, especially around
the edges. Do not remove the patch and try to re-apply it elsewhere.
Under these circumstances, the patch would not be expected to stick
5. When you
have finished applying or removing the patch, wash your hands with
water only. Nicotine on your hands could get into your eyes and
nose and could cause stinging, redness, or irritation.
6. After 24 hours, remove
the patch you have been wearing. Choose a different place on your
skin to apply the next patch and repeat steps 1 through 5. Do not
reapply a patch to a previously used skin site for at least one
week. Do not leave the patch on for more than 24 hours because it
may irritate the skin and loses strength after 24 hours. Do not
wear more than one patch at the same time, and do not cut the patch
in half or into smaller pieces to wear.
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, only use this medicine on
the advice of your healthcare provider. Smoking can seriously harm
your child. - Try to stop smoking without using any nicotine replacement
medicine. This medicine is believed to be safer than smoking. However,
the risks to your child from this medicine are not fully known.
- Do not use if you continue to smoke, chew tobacco, use snuff,
use nicotine gum, or use another nicotine patch or other products
that contain nicotine.
- Ask a doctor before use if you have heart disease, have had a
recent heart attack, or have an irregular heartbeat. Nicotine can
increase your heart rate.
- Ask a doctor before use if you have high blood pressure not controlled
with medication. Nicotine can increase your blood pressure.
- 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
with patch use.
- Ask a doctor or pharmacist before use if you are taking a prescription
medicine for depression or asthma. Your prescription dose may need
to be adjusted.
- When using this product, do not smoke, even when not wearing the
patch. The nicotine in your skin will still be entering your bloodstream
for several hours after you take off the patch.
- When using this product, if you have vivid dreams or other sleep
disturbances, you may remove the patch at bedtime and apply a new
one in the morning.
- 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.
- Stop use and ask a doctor if irregular heartbeat or palpitations
- Stop use and ask a doctor if you get symptoms of nicotine overdose,
such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness, weakness or rapid heartbeat.
- Keep unused and used patches out of the reach of children and
pets. Used patches have enough nicotine to poison children and pets.
If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center
right away. Discard used patches in the enclosed disposal tray.
Do not wear more than one patch at a time.
- Do not cut the patch in half or into smaller pieces.
- Remove the patch prior to undergoing any MRI (magnetic resonance
- Do not leave the patch on for more than 24 hours because it may
irritate your skin and it loses strength after 24 hours.
- Stop using the patch at the end of 8 weeks. The patch has been
tested in 3 month studies and long term studies have not been conducted.
If you still feel the need to use the patch, talk to your doctor.
The patch will not work for everyone.
here to read answers to the most common frequently
asked questions about Habitrol patches.
Each Habitrol patch contains either 21mg , 14mg or 7mg of nicotine
which is slowly delivered over a 24 hour period.
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