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Outlast your cravings with NicoDerm CQ Patches

The NicoDerm CQ Patch can help you quit smoking, and provides up to 24 hours of craving relief**. When used with a support plan, it can increase your chances of success.

** Craving relief associated with quitting smoking. Individual results vary.

NicoDerm CQ Clear Patch Extended Release

The NicoDerm CQ Patch

NicoDerm CQ is a therapeutic nicotine patch that helps you beat the urge to smoke throughout the day by delivering nicotine, similar to what you would get from cigarettes.

By satisfying your nicotine cravings without smoking, NicoDerm CQ can help you quit.


Getting started.

Benefits of using the NicoDerm CQ nicotine patch

  • Unique Extended Release SmartControl Technology releases a steady flow of nicotine throughout the entire day
  • Reduces cravings for between 16 and 24 hours, depending how long you wear it
  • Helps reduce the withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting smoking, including nicotine craving
  • Quick and easy to apply
  • Set it and forget it – you only need to apply one patch a day
  • Unnoticeable when worn under clothing

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.

How long should you wear your patch?

The patch can be worn for 16 or 24 hours, depending on your needs.

If you find you crave cigarettes first thing in the morning, wear the patch for a full 24 hours. If you experience vivid dreams or other sleep disturbances, remove the patch after 16 hours.ii Use a fresh patch each day, on a new area of skin.i

Watch this video to learn more.


Discover more tips on using your NicoDerm CQ patch safely, including information on the potential side effects of nicotine patches.


Smokers lose at least 10 years of their life expectancy compared with people who never smoked.

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Quitting smoking before the age of 40 reduces the risk of dying from smoking-related disease by about 90%.

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i. Nicotine (transdermal). Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan. Accessed 04/12/19.

ii. Nicotine Replacement Therapy for Quitting Tobacco. Cancer. Org. Accessed 04/12/19.


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