Medication Overview

Last activity on July 22, 2024

Nicotine Patch

What it is 

How it works

How it is used

Pregnant Women

-16hr patch recommended (remove at night)

-May experience increased skin sensitivity/rash

-Metabolise nicotine faster- careful not to underdose

Possible side effects

headache, dizziness, nausea, trouble sleeping

(in this case, use 16hr patch or remove 24hr at bedtime).

It’s worth noting that different brands of patch have varying adhesiveness, and some clients get on with different brands of patches better than others. In certain circumstances, clients can choose to use two different short acting products instead. 

It’s also important for clients to be given realistic expectations on potential side effects – if they are not told that the patch may cause skin irritation, they may stop using it. 

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