MANUFACTURER: NOVARTIS CONSUMER HEALTH.
INDICATIONS:Nicotine transdermal system stop smoking aid patch, step 3, 7 mg
Reduces withdrawal symptoms, including nicotine craving, associated with quitting smoking.
How the patch can help you quit smoking and your body?
When you smoke a cigarette, nicotine reaches your brain in just seconds after each puff. Your brain and body get used to functioning with a certain level of nicotine. Your nicotine level drops dramatically after your last cigarette, and then you begin experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Common nicotine withdrawal symptoms include intense cravings for nicotine, irritability, anxiety, depression, restlessness, difficulty concentrating, difficulty sleeping and increased appetite. Physical withdrawal symptoms usually peak within 24 to 72 hours after quitting, then decline over the next several weeks. However, some smokers may experience withdrawal symptoms for several months.
How the Novartis Nicotine transdermal system stop smoking aid patch works?
The patch helps you quit smoking by reducing your nicotine withdrawal symptoms. When you wear a patch, nicotine is gradually released into your bloodstream through the skin. This reduces the withdrawal symptoms that many people normally feel when they quit smoking because it replaces lower amounts of the nicotine that your body has become accustomed to from smoking. This patch program offers three patches with different dosing levels. You can move to a lower dose patch by changing the patch you wear to gradually reduce your nicotine level over an eight-week period. This program will help to reduce your nicotine withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, anxiety, restlessness, headaches, difficult sleeping and concentrating, increased appetite, and craving for nicotine. By helping to reduce these physical withdrawal symptoms, the patch helps you concentrate on the psychological aspects of quitting and to change your habits that trigger your nicotine cravings.
Why wearing a Nicotine patch is better than smoking?
By placing a nicotine patch on your skin, you aren't inhaling the harmful tars, toxins and chemicals found in cigarettes. These are the most dangerous parts of the cigarette. Also, there's no second-hand smoke or odors that can affect your family and friends because youre not smoking when wearing the patch.
Benefits of Quitting:
Most people recognize the risks of smoking, such as cancer, heart disease and emphysema, but many are not aware of the many immediate and long-term benefits of quitting. Immediate benefits in the first days and months may include:
- Breathing may get easier.
- Food tastes better.
- Sense of smell improves.
- Walking and exercise may become easier.
Be smoke free in 8-weeks:
This patch program takes 8 weeks to complete. At the end of the program, you should stop using the patch. It is important that you keep using the patch until you have completed the entire program, and continue to use the support program when you need it. It is important that you are committed and fully prepared to give up smoking. If you are under 18 years of age, ask a doctor before use.
If you smoke more than 10 cigarettes per day:
Begin with Step 1. Use the 21mg patch for 4 weeks, then the 14mg patch for 2 weeks, and the 7mg patch for 2 weeks.
If you smoke 10 or less cigarettes per day:
Do not begin with Step 1. Begin with Step 2, the 14mg patch for 6 weeks, then the 7mg patch for 2 weeks. Completing the full program will increase your chances of quitting successfully. Stop at the end of 8 weeks. Lowering your patch dosage over 8 weeks will help you overcome your physical cravings for nicotine.
in each patch: Nicotine (7 mg Delivered Over 24 hours)
Acrylate Adhesive, Aluminized Polyester, Cellulose Paper, Methacrylic Acid Copolymer
- If you are under 18 years of age, ask a doctor before use.
- Before using this product, read the enclosed self-help guide for complete directions and other information.
- Stop smoking completely when you begin using the patch.
- If you smoke more than 10 cigarettes per day, use the following schedule below:
- Step 1 - use one 21mg patch/day.
- Step 2 - use one 14mg patch/day.
- Step 3 - use one 7mg patch/day.
- If you smoke 10 or less cigarettes per day, start with Step 2 for 6 weeks, then Step 3 for 2 weeks and then stop.
- Apply one new patch every 24 hours on skin that is dry, clean and hairless.
- Remove backing from patch and immediately press onto skin. Hold for 10 seconds.
- Wash hands after applying or removing patch. Throw away the patch in the enclosed disposal tray.
- The used patch should be removed and a new one applied to a different skin site at the same time each day.
- If you have vivid dream, you may remove the patch at bedtime and apply a new one in the morning.
- Do not wear more than one patch at a time.
- Do not cut patch in half or into smaller pieces.
- Do not leave patch on for more than 24 hours because it may irritate your skin and loses strength after 24 hours.
- Remove patch prior to undergoing any MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) procedures.
- Stop using the patch at the end of 8 weeks. If you still feel the need to use the patch talk to your doctor.
- Store at 20 - 25 degrees C (68 - 77 degrees F).
- Do not use if you continue to smoke, chew tobacco, use snuff, use nicotine gum, or use nicotine patch or other nicotine containing products.
- Ask a doctor before use if you have
- heart disease, recent heart attack, or irregular heartbeat. Nicotine can increase your heart rate.
- High blood pressure not controlled with medication. Nicotine can increase your blood pressure.
- An allergy to adhesive tape or have skin problems, because you are more likely to get rashes.
- Ask a doctor or pharmacist before use if you are
- Using a non-nicotine stop smoking drug.
- 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.
- If you have vivid dreams or other sleep disturbances remove this patch at bedtime.
- 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.
- Irregular heartbeat or palpitations occur.
- You get symptoms of nicotine overdose, such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness, weakness and rapid heartbeat.
- If pregnant or breast-feeding, only use this medicine on the advice of your health care 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.
- Keep out of reach of children and pets.
- Used patches have enough nicotine to poison