To begin, choose where to start

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.

Nicoderm CQ Step 1
Nicoderm CQ Step 2
  • 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.

    

Be sure to apply daily

Start using the patch on the day you plan to quit. Remove the backing from the patch and immediately press the sticky side onto skin that is dry, clean and hairless. Hold for 10 seconds.

A new patch should be applied to a different skin site at the same time each day, which will help you remember when to put on a new one. Do not leave the same patch on for more than 24 hours as it may irritate your skin and lose strength.

 

Patch not sticking?

The adhesive and release liner is designed to make the patch stick and supply nicotine right from the start, but if you are having trouble, here are some helpful tips to make sure your patch stays on.

Before use, thoroughly clean and dry the application site to remove any moisturizers or moisturizing soap

Check your soap to see if lanolin or moisturizers are listed ingredients, as these may cause the patch to lose some adhesive properties. If so, use a different soap for the duration of the program

Body creams, sunscreens and lotions can also cause problems with keeping your patch on. Do not apply creams or lotions to the application site

Make sure to apply the patch to an area of your body that incurs minimal perspiration throughout the day

When applying to the skin, hold the patch down for the full 10 seconds. The applied pressure will help the patch adhere to the skin securely

If you have followed the directions and the patch still does not stick, try using medical adhesive tape over the patch

Step down as you progress

No matter if you start with Step 1 or Step 2, you will gradually step down to a lower dose as you go along in your quit program.

    

Important directions to remember

 

Follow directions: If you are under 18 years of age, ask a doctor before use. For all users, make sure to read the User’s Guide for complete directions and other information.                                 

                            

Clean up after use: Wash your hands after applying or removing the patch. Throw it away by folding the sticky ends together and replace in its pouch and discard. See User’s Guide for complete safety and handling.

Know what works for you: 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.

Stop using the patch: At the end of 10 weeks If you started with Step 1, and 8 weeks if you started with Step 2. It is important to complete full program and if you feel you need to use the patch for a longer period of time to keep from smoking, talk to your health care provider.

Don’t: Wear more than one patch at a time or cut the patch in half or into smaller pieces.

Read product label for complete directions for use.