How to Use the Habitrol® Patch

Great! You’ve made the decision to quit smoking. Now, choose the right Habitrol® Nicotine Transdermal System Patch dosing for you based on how much you currently smoke. There are two different starting levels that can help you stop smoking in 8 weeks:

  • Start with Step 1 if you smoke MORE than 10 cigarettes per day
  • Start with Step 2 if you smoke LESS than 10 cigarettes per day

It is important that you read the Habitrol® Nicotine Transdermal System Patch instructions and are well-prepared to give up smoking before beginning the patch program. Completing the full program will increase your chances of quitting successfully. Lowering your nicotine patch dosing over 8 weeks will help you overcome physical cravings for nicotine.


Why Wearing the Patch Isn’t as Bad as Smoking

By placing a nicotine patch on your skin, you are NOT inhaling the harmful tars, toxins and chemicals found in cigarettes. These are the most dangerous parts of the cigarette. And, because you’re not smoking while wearing the patch, there’s no second-hand smoke or odor to affect your family and friends.




How to select the right patch

If you smoke more than 10 cigarettes per day, begin with Step 1.

Weeks 1-4Step 121 mg/day

Weeks 5 and 6Step 214 mg/day

Weeks 7 and 8Step 37 mg/day

If you smoke less than 10 cigarettes per day, begin with Step 2.

Weeks 1-6Step 2 14 mg/day

Weeks 7 and 8Step 3 7 mg/day


How to Apply the Patch

  • 1. Choose a clean, dry, non-hairy area of skin on your upper body or the outer part of your arm. Do not put a patch on skin that is very oily, burned, broken out, cut or irritated in any way. Immediately before applying the patch, wash your hands and the skin area with plain soap and water and dry completely. Avoid using any soap, lotion, hand cream, tanning lotion or oil, bath oil or insect repellent that contains aloe, lanolin or glycerin as a moisturizer. These products can leave a moisturizing film on your skin, which can interfere with the adherence of the patch.
  • 2. Do not remove the patch from its sealed, protective pouch until you are ready to use it. Carefully cut open the child-resistant pouch along the dotted line, as indicated. If the new patch is cut, throw it away. Save pouch to use for patch disposal. Dispose of the used patches by folding sticky ends together and putting in pouch.
  • 3. A shiny protective liner covers the sticky side of the patch where it contacts the skin. The liner has a precut slit to help you remove it from the patch. With the silver side facing you, pull the liner away from the patch, starting at the precut slit. Hold the patch at the edge (touch the sticky side as little as possible) and pull off the other piece of the protective liner. Throw this liner away.
  • 4. Immediately apply the sticky side of the patch to your skin. Press the patch firmly against your skin with the palm of your hand for about 10 seconds. Make sure it sticks well to your skin, especially around the edges.
  • 5. When you have finished applying or removing the patch, wash your hands with water only. Nicotine on your hands could get into your eyes and nose and could cause stinging, redness or irritation.
  • 6. After 24 hours, remove the patch you have been wearing. If you remove and apply the patch at about the same time each day, it will help you to remember when to put on a new patch. Choose a different place on your skin to apply the next patch and repeat steps 1 through 5. Do not reapply a patch to a previously used skin site for at least 1 week. Do not leave the patch on for more than 24 hours, because it may irritate your skin and loses strength after 24 hours. Do not wear more than one patch at the same time, and do not cut a patch in half or into smaller pieces to wear.