How to Use NicoDerm CQ

Like any medicine, for NicoDerm CQ to work you have to use it; and, not surprisingly, it works better if you use it properly. Be sure to follow the steps below to make sure you’re using the NicoDerm CQ patch the way it was intended – as an effective way to Double Your Chances of Quitting.*

* Doubles your chances of quitting vs. placebo. Use as directed. Behavioral support program increases chances of success. Many people require several quit attempts to stop smoking. This product is part of an 8 or 10  week program.

Choose the right strength

First, you need to choose the strength that’s right 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.

 

NicoDerm CQ Nicotine Patch System
NicoDerm CQ Nicotine Patch System
NicoDerm CQ Nicotine Patch System

How to Use NicoDerm CQ the Right Way

Once you’ve decided on the step that’s right for you, based on how many cigarettes you smoke, 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 the day you plan to stop smoking.
  • If you smoke more than 10 cigarettes per day, start with Step 1. Use this first step for weeks 1-6, then step down to Step 2 for two weeks, and then Step 3 for two weeks.
  • If you smoke 10 or less cigarettes per day, do not use Step 1 (21 mg). Start with Step 2 (14 mg) for 6 weeks, then Step 3 (7 mg) for 2 weeks and then stop.

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  • 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 the day you plan to stop smoking.
  • If you smoke more than 10 cigarettes per day, start with Step 1. Use this first step for weeks 1-6, then step down to Step 2 for two weeks, and then Step 3 for two weeks.
  • If you smoke 10 or less cigarettes per day, do not use Step 1 (21 mg). Start with Step 2 (14 mg) for 6 weeks, then Step 3 (7 mg) 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.
  • If you slip up and have a cigarette, forgive yourself, stop at that cigarette and keep using NicoDerm CQ. Getting right back on NicoDerm CQ after a slip-up increases your chances of successfully quitting versus those who do not get back on the patch when they slip up.
  • Apply one new patch every 24 hours on 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 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 or 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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Apply daily

Remove the used patch and put on a new patch at the same time every day. Applying the patch at about the same time each day (first thing in the morning, for instance) will help you remember when to put on a new patch. Do not leave the same NicoDerm CQ patch on for more than 24 hours because it may irritate your skin and because it loses strength after 24 hours.

 

Step down

Whether you start with the 21 mg or the 14 mg patch, you’ll step down to a lower dose as you go along.

 

If you smoke more than 10 cigarettes per day, wear a 21 mg patch (Step 1) for 6 weeks, then step down to a 14 mg patch (Step 2) for 2 weeks, and then end by wearing a 7 mg patch (Step 3) for the last two weeks of your quit.

 

If you smoke 10 or less cigarettes per day, wear a 14 mg patch (Step 2) for 6 weeks then end by wearing a 7 mg patch (Step 3) for the last two weeks of your quit.

Stick with it, even if you slip up

If you slip up and have a cigarette while using NicoDerm CQ to quit smoking, you should not stop using NicoDerm CQ. You should keep using it and keep trying to quit.* Throw away your cigarettes, forgive yourself and continue with the program because getting right back on NicoDerm CQ after a slip-up increases your chances of successfully quitting versus those who do not get back on the patch when they slip up.

*FDA Consumer Health Information, Nicotine replacement therapy labels may change. April 2013. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm345087.htm

Increase Your Chances of Success.

NicoDerm CQ Doubles your Chances of Quitting* when used as directed.

* Doubles your chances of quitting vs. placebo. Use as directed. Behavioral support program increases chances of success. Many people require several quit attempts to stop smoking. This product is part of an 8 or 10 week program.