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There are a lot of people all over the world who wish to stop smoking but they find it really hard to do so. One of the methods that experts claim is good is using nicotine patches. These patches are good because they have nicotine in them and they are a part of a nicotine replacement therapy. Every person knows that nicotine is a highly addictive substance which can be found in tobacco. Most people are unable to quit smoking because of the withdrawal symptoms and the cravings for nicotine. Some of the most common symptoms are irritability, restlessness, headaches, insomnia and problems with concentration. Nicorette patches are a good way to stop smoking because they provide small amounts of nicotine but without the dangers when people inhale the smoke. People who are physically addicted to nicotine have a greater chance of leaving smoking if they use Nicorette patches. A person is supposed to wear these patches for 16 hours at a time. The patches will provides nicotine but block any withdrawal symptoms. There are many forms of Nicorette patches.

What are the patches used for?

In most cases, people are advised to use patches when they are about to stop smoking and need to relieve or prevent withdrawal symptoms. A person who wants to reduce the amounts of cigarettes he or she smokes during the day can also use Nicorette patches.

How are they used?

On every leaflet there are instructions a person should follow. There are Nicorette patches of various strengths and a person should choose carefully. The pharmacist will be able to help if a person is in doubt. A person should never apply more than one patch at a time. The patch should be removed after 16 hours and reapplied in the morning. However, the patch should not be applied to the same spot in order for the skin irritation to be avoided.


People should avoid applying the patches to broken and red skin. No exercises should be performed while the patch is applied. People with certain health conditions like heart diseases should proceed with care when using these patches. People who do not smoke should not use the patches. They are also not for children younger than 12. Pregnant women should consult the doctor before thinking about using Nicorette patches.

Side effects

There are certain side effects that people may experience while using the patches. For instance, itching is very common. Dizziness, headache, nausea and vomiting are also common. Palpitations and urticaria do not occur that often and irregular heartbeat almost never happens.

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