A nicotine patch is a patch that sticks on the skin and contains a small dose of nicotine, which enters the blood by being absorbed through the skin.
Using a nicotine patch is one of the methods to quit smoking. This helps to stop nicotine cravings and relieves symptoms that occur when a person is trying to quit smoking.
Many people do the mistake of using a nicotine patch without doctor’s recommendation. Whenever you decide to quit smoking through nicotine patch, it is always wise to take your doctor’s recommendations and check ups.
Important things to remember while using nicotine patch:
- Carefully follow the usage instructions.
- Don’t smoke and don’t use other forms of tobacco while you’re using the patch. If you do so, you will invite dangerous health problems.
- Don’t allow anyone to use the patch.
- Keep the patch away from children and pets.
- Do not use the patch if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, unless your doctor knows you are pregnant and has told you to do so.
- You should also talk to your doctor before using the patch if you are younger than 18 years old.
- Wash your hands after using the patch. Nicotine on your hands could get into your eyes or nose and cause stinging or other problems.
- If you are sleepless nights while using the patch, immediately inform your doctor about the problem.
- Tell your doctor if you are under any other medications. The patch may change how some medicines work.
- Also, tell your doctor if you have any illnesses, including the following:
- Chest pains or a recent heart attack
- Heart disease
- Stomach ulcers
- Thyroid disease
- Skipped or irregular heart beats
- Allergies to tape, bandages or medicines
- Skin rashes or skin diseases
- High blood pressure
- Kidney or liver disease
- Dizziness, upset stomach, bad headaches, vomiting, cold sweats, drooling, confusion, blurred vision, hearing problems, weakness or fainting all these are signs of an overdose of nicotine from the patch. If you experience any of these problems, immediately inform your doctor.
- If you have any side effects from the patch, be sure to tell your doctor right away.