How do nicotine patches work? Using your NicoDerm CQ patch
NicoDerm CQ patches are quick and easy to use. Simply apply your NicoDerm CQ patch to the skin once a day.i To do this, peel off the backing and apply the sticky side to a dry, clean, hairless area of skini – the upper arm is often a good place to put a nicotine patch.
Your Nicoderm CQ patch will then deliver a steady flow of therapeutic nicotine over the next 16 to 24 hours, depending on how long you wear your patch. With time, your nicotine cravings will diminish, making it easier to give up smoking.
NicoDerm CQ comes in three strengths, so you can gradually step down the amount of nicotine you get as you progress. Depending on how many cigarettes you smoke each day, you’ll start on either Step 1 or Step 2.
Apply your nicotine patch for the first time on the day you plan to quit.
Learn more about how to use NicoDerm CQ and the step-down approach to quitting smoking.