The Habitrol® patch is a nicotine transdermal system skin patch containing nicotine, the addictive agent in cigarettes and other tobacco products. Habitrol® Nicotine Transdermal System Patches use time released technology for sustained delivery of nicotine for effective, long lasting, craving reduction. When you wear the patch, it gradually releases nicotine into your bloodstream through the skin. The Habitrol nicotine patch works by replacing some of the nicotine which your body has become accustomed to from smoking, therefore reducing the nicotine withdrawal symptoms many people normally feel when they stop smoking. Your own chances of quitting depend on how strongly you are addicted to nicotine, how motivated you are to quit smoking, and how closely you follow a quit program plan.
The 1-2-3 Steps to Quitting Smoking
The Habitrol® Nicotine Transdermal System Patch uses a step-down dosing system that allows you to gradually reduce your nicotine levels. Three patches with different nicotine dose levels (1-2-3) allow you to change the patch you wear (moving to a lower dose) over an eight-week period. Nicotine replacement therapy can reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, anxiety, restlessness, headaches, difficulty sleeping and concentrating, increased appetite, and craving for nicotine. By helping to reduce your physical nicotine withdrawal symptoms, the patch helps you to concentrate on the psychological aspects of quitting and to change habits that “trigger” your nicotine cravings.
It is important to complete the 8-week patch program. The FDA recently stated that using a smoking cessation product for longer than 8 weeks in order to quit is safe to do in most cases. If you feel you need to use the patch for longer than 8 weeks in order to stop smoking, talk to your health care provider.
FDA Announces New Flexible Ways to Stop Smoking
Now quit with more flexibility than ever. Consumers are advised to consult a health care professional first. Read the new and more flexible guidelines from the FDA here.
Is Habitrol® Right for Me?
You may have health questions about using the Habitrol® Nicotine Transdermal System Patch. If you do, speak to your doctor about your medical history and your current state of health, including any medications you are taking. Ask your doctor before use if you:
Possible Side Effects from Using the Patch
As with any over-the-counter medication, the Habitrol® Nicotine Transdermal System Patch may cause side effects. In some cases, we recommend you stop using the patch:
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