Patients are often unsure of how to use NICODERM® and NICORETTE® products, which can compromise adherence and effectiveness. Before starting treatment, it’s beneficial to go over proper usage to help maximize the chances for treatment success. Use these short and engaging how-to videos to counsel patients on the proper use of NICODERM® and NICORETTE®.
It's no secret that quitting smoking is hard. Luckily, Nicorette and NicoDerm make it easier. In fact you can be two times more likely to quit smoking for good, when you follow the instructions. To get the full benefits of NicoDerm, you need to use it properly. Just follow these steps and you'll be on your way to quitting.
Each patch gives you continuous nicotine release for 24 hours. If you smoke more than 10 cigarettes a day, start at Step 1 with the 21 mg patches for the first six weeks. Then, move on to step two with 14 mg patches for two weeks. Finally, move on to Step 3 with 7 mg patches for the last two weeks.
If you smoke less than ten cigarettes a day, start with Step 2 for six weeks. If you have heart disease or weigh less than 45 kilograms and your doctor recommends NicoDerm, start with Step 2. Then, move on to Step 3 for two more weeks. With either plan, it's important that you complete the full treatment.
Applying the patch is pretty simple. Using a pair of scissors cut open the pouch and remove the protective liner. Then, apply to a clean dry non hairy area on your front or back, above the waist or your upper outer arm. Press firmly, then rinse your hands with water. You can keep the patch on when you shower or when you swim, as water doesn't affect it at all. Remove and apply a new patch after 24 hours. Remove before strenuous exercise and reapply after. If for some reason your patch does come off, apply a new one.
We understand what you're up against and how difficult it is to quit smoking. However, this time it can be different. Talk to your health care provider if you have any questions, or visit NicoDerm.ca.