The patch is sold over the counter, but it is best to consult your doctor before using them. Patches are easy to use and are sold under a variety of brand names in different strengths and dosages. All patches are similarly used:
- A single patch is used each day, providing a steady dosage of nicotine through the skin.
- The patch is replaced every 24 hours, and is applied to a hairless location above the waist and below the neck (back, shoulder, arm, etc.)
- Patches must be stored safely and discarded safely, especially in homes with small children.
- The Food and Drug Administration recommends using the patch for three to five months.
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