Use NicoDerm CQ Nicotine Patch to Quit Smoking

Choose the Right Strength for Your Quit

First, you need to choose the right strength for you. Since different smokers are used to different levels of nicotine, NicoDerm CQ comes in two starting strengths. Depending on how many cigarettes you smoke each day, you'll start at either Step 1 or Step 2. Use the guide below to help you decide which step to choose.

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Step 1
If you smoke more than 10 cigarettes a day, start with Step 1.
Step 2
If you smoke 10 cigarettes or less a day, start with Step 2.
Step 3
Use after completing Step 2.
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How to Use NicoDerm CQ

Once you've decided on the step that's right for you, follow these guidelines to help ensure you use NicoDerm CQ correctly:

  • If you are under 18 years of age, ask a doctor before use.
  • Before using this product, read the User's Guide for complete directions and other information.
  • Start using the patch on your quit day, even if you can't immediately stop smoking completely.
  • If you smoke more than 10 cigarettes per day, start with Step 1.
  • If you smoke 10 cigarettes or less per day, do not use Step 1 (21mg). Start with Step 2 (14mg) for 6 weeks, then Step 3 (7mg) for 2 weeks and then stop.
  • Steps 2 and 3 allow you to gradually reduce your level of nicotine. Completing the full program will increase your chances of quitting successfully.
  • Apply one new patch every 24 hours to skin that is dry, clean and hairless. Save pouch for disposing of the patch after use.
  • Remove the backing from patch and immediately press the patch onto your skin. Hold for 10 seconds.
  • Wash your hands after applying or removing patch. Throw away the patch by folding the sticky ends together. Replace in its pouch and discard. See User's Guide for safety and handling.
  • You may wear the patch for 16 to 24 hours.
  • If you crave cigarettes when you wake up, wear the patch for 24 hours.
  • If you have vivid dreams or other sleep disturbances, you may remove the patch at bedtime and apply a new one in the morning.
  • The used patch should be removed and a new one applied to a different skin site at the same time each day.
  • Do not wear more than one patch at a time.
  • Do not cut patch in half or into smaller pieces.
  • Do not leave patch on for more than 24 hours because it may irritate your skin and loses strength after 24 hours.
  • Stop using the patch at the end of 10 weeks. If you started with Step 2, stop using the patch at the end of 8 weeks. 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.

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