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Using Habitrol
Which product is right for me?
If you smoke more than 10 cigarettes per day, begin with Step 1: Use the 21 mg patch once a day for 4 weeks; the Step 2: 14 mg patch once a day for 2 weeks; then the Step 3: 7 mg patch once a day for 2 weeks.

If you smoke 10 or fewer cigarettes per day, begin with Step 2: Use the 14 mg patch once a day for 6 weeks; then the Step 3: 7 mg patch once a day for 2 weeks.

Habitrol is for people ages 18 and older.
Can I use Habitrol if I’m pregnant or nursing?
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, only use this medicine on the advice of your health care provider. Smoking can seriously harm your child. Try to stop smoking without using any nicotine replacement medicine. This medicine is believed to be safer than smoking. However, the risks to your child from this medicine are not fully known.
Are there any side effects of using Habitrol?
You may experience nausea, dizziness, dry mouth, diarrhea, nervousness or restlessness, headache, vivid dreams or other sleep disturbances, and irritability. If you experience any of the following side effects, immediately remove the patch and call your doctor:
  • Severe skin irritation or discoloration
  • Irregular heartbeats or palpitations
  • Severe chest pain or tightening
  • Symptoms of nicotine overdose, such as pallor (extreme paleness), cold sweat, nausea, abnormal salivation, vomiting, abdominal pain or severe headache, disturbed hearing or vision, dizziness, mental confusion or weakness.
My skin is reacting to the patch. Should I remove it?
When you first put on a patch, mild itching, burning, or tingling at the patch application site is normal and should go away within an hour. After you remove a patch, the skin under the patch might be somewhat red. Your skin should not stay red for more than a day. If you have a skin rash or redness caused by the patch that does not go away after 4 days, or your skin swells, call your doctor. Do not put on a new patch; you may be allergic to one of the components of the patch.
I'm having trouble getting to sleep since using the patches. What should I do?
You should wear the patch 24 hours a day. This may help overcome your morning cravings for nicotine. However, if you have vivid dreams or other sleep disturbances, you may remove the patch at bedtime and apply a new patch the following morning. The patch should be applied at approximately the same time each day.
How To Use The Patch
How do I apply the patch?
How do I 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.
What's the best way to store the patches? How should I dispose of them?
The patch should be kept in its protective pouch until use. Pouches should be stored at room temperature (between 68-77°F or 20-25°C), because the patch is sensitive to heat.

Save pouch to use for patch disposal. Dispose of the used and unused patches by folding sticky ends together and putting in pouch. Keep all used and unused patches out of the reach of children and pets
Is it possible to customize the effectiveness of Habitrol by wearing more than one patch or cutting one in half?
No. Each patch is designed to allow you to gradually reduce your nicotine levels and should be used as directed. Do not wear more than one patch at a time. Do not cut the patch in half or into smaller pieces. Do not leave the patch on for more than 24 hours, as it may irritate your skin and loses its strength after 24 hours.
My patch got wet. Should I remove it?
No. Water will not harm or affect the patch you are wearing. You can take a bath or a shower, or you can swim while you are wearing the patch.
What if my patch comes off?
If your patch falls off, apply a new one and remove it at the same time you would have taken off the original patch to maintain your schedule. When applying the patch, be sure to press it firmly onto your skin with the palm of your hand for about 10 seconds, making sure that the patch sticks well, especially around the edges. When you’re finished applying or removing the patch, wash your hands with water only.
Quitting
I’m ready to quit smoking. Now what?
First and foremost, congratulations! Now that you’ve made the important decision to stop smoking, you may want to list the reasons that led you to take this step and keep them handy. This will help keep you on track and moving toward your goal. Next, you’ll want to set a quit date—this day will be the first day that you stop smoking cigarettes and begin using the Habitrol patch.
How should I prepare for my quit day?
Let your friends and family know about your plans so that you can rely on their support during the process. Freshen up your home, your closet, your car, and any other places where you spend a lot of time. The night before your quit day, throw away any remaining cigarettes, lighters, or ashtrays.
How does Habitrol help me quit smoking?
The patch contains nicotine, and releases it into the bloodstream. The patch helps reduce the nicotine withdrawal symptoms many people normally feel when they stop smoking. This patch program takes 8 weeks to complete. It is important to complete treatment. If you feel you need to use the patch for a longer period to keep from smoking, talk to your health care provider.

Lowering your patch dosage over eight weeks will help you overcome physical cravings 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 your habits that “trigger” your nicotine cravings.
Isn’t it better to quit smoking and nicotine altogether?
While the patch contains nicotine, you are not inhaling the tars, toxins, and chemicals in cigarette smoke. The patch will gradually reduce your nicotine level, which can reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms and, along with behavior support program, improves your chances of quitting altogether.
Is it true that quitting smoking can lead to weight gain?
Sometimes weight change is simply a result of a change in your body’s metabolism. This is caused by your body’s withdrawal from nicotine. Your metabolism is simply returning to that of a nonsmoker. Besides, the average weight gain is only about five to ten pounds, and as you will see, there are things you can do to help control it. Another source of extra pounds is the need for oral gratification. As with typical weight gain, increased physical activity and a healthy diet will go a long way to reducing any added pounds.