Understanding Withdrawal - Nicotine Patches Can Help
The aim of nicotine replacement therapy is to negate side effects, nicotine cravings and withdrawal symptoms associated with smoking while transitioning to become a non-smoker. Nicotine patches are the ideal option for many people, and have a proven track record of health care stop-smoking success. Nicotine patches are a good NRT choice, and they have specific advantages.
- Nicotine patches take the guesswork out of quitting smoking by regulating nicotine intake. You only need to wear one patch per day, which is why some people consider patches more convenient than using nicotine gum, nicotine lozenges or nicotine inhalers every few hours.
- Nicotine patches by brands such as Nicabate and Nicorette can be discreet and unnoticeable when worn underneath clothing. Quitting is primarily a private matter, and although nicotine gum and nicotine lozenges are relatively easy to conceal, nicotine patches can be 100% discreet.
- Although a trait shared with other nicotine replacement therapy products at Amcal Chemists, nicotine patch therapy can be paired with a professional and respected support program for a better chance of successfully quitting smoking.
Nicotine patches are comfortably worn on the upper arm and upper body, discreetly concealed under clothing. You can even purchase clear patches for an almost entirely invisible effect. The dose of nicotine you choose should suit your needs as a a light smoker or heavy smoker. Nicotine patches come in three strengths, each labelled according to the amount of nicotine supplied over a 24-hour period:
- 7mg/24 hour (low strength)
- 14mg/24 hour (medium strength)
- 21mg/24 hour (high strength)
The strength that is right for you will depend on the amount of cigarettes you usually smoke. If the number of cigarettes you usually smoke is 15 per day or more, you should probably start on high strength Nicabate, Nicorette, Amcal, QuitX or Nicotinell patches, all available at Amcal Chemists in all Australian states and territories.
Whatever strength patch you start with, it is important to know that nicotine patches and other forms of nicotine replacement therapies are not intended for long-term use. Your chances of a successful quit attempt are increased when a step-down program with lessening mg of nicotine levels is followed. The nicotine patch product you choose will come with directions for use. You can also speak to an Amcal pharmacist or local GP for more information regarding nicotine replacement therapies.
How the patch works: Nicotine patches contain an adhesive that sticks to your skin. The inner part of Nicotinell, Nicabate, Nicorette, QuitX and Amcal nicotine patches contains nicotine that presses against the skin for effective delivery of nicotine at a steady dose.
Applying the patch: Apply the patch to a skin area that has minimal hair growth. This could be your upper arm, upper chest or hip area. Make sure your skin is clean and dry before application. Apply the patch as soon as you remove the protective seal. Press the patch down for ten or fifteen seconds to ensure it is secure, before washing your hands to remove any residual nicotine.
Changing the patch: Nicotine patch options include 16-hour patches and 24-hour patches, according to wearer preference. You can replace a used patch with a new patch simultaneously so you don't start to suffer withdrawal symptoms, and 16-hour patches are sometimes preferred by people who suffer from skin irritation, or those who experience vivid dreams or sleep disturbances that can occur with 24-hour dosed nicotine in the system.
Nicotine withdrawal symptoms are drastically reduced by using nicotine patches and other NRT products. Nicotine patches are subsidized by the Australian pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS), making them accessible to all Australians. Some common questions asked:
- What are nicotine patches and what are nicotine patches for?
Nicotine patches are a popular type of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) used to help people stop smoking. A nicotine patch delivers nicotine you would normally get from a cigarette, allowing you to comfortably and calmly stop smoking without suffering adverse withdrawal symptoms.
- Does a nicotine patch really work?
Nicabate and Nicorette patches adhere to clean skin with no fuss, just like heat patches that some cultures have used for decades to treat muscle pain, arthritis and other ailments. Your body naturally takes up nicotine at a controlled rate over the course of a day, allowing you to use 16-hour patch or 24-hour patch solutions.
- How long does a nicotine patch take to kick in?
Not long at all. Within 5-20 minutes you will notice dramatically diminished nicotine withdrawal symptoms. The patch will continue to deliver a consistent dose of nicotine for controlled and comfortable smoking cessation for up to 24 hours, before you need to replace it with a new patch.
- How do you know which nicotine patches to use?
Nicotine replacement therapy can work wonders when used correctly. It is relatively easy to determine which patches you should commence using. Popular brands available at Amcal Pharmacies include Nicorette Patches, Nicabate Patches, Amcal Patches, QuitX Patches and Nicotinell Patches, all approved of by health professionals. Heavy smokers often start with 21mg high strength patches, while medium smokers usually opt for 14mg and light smokers often successfully quit smoking using only 7mg low strength nicotine patches.
- Should nicotine patches be worn at night?
This is an individual consideration. Heavy sleepers usually have no problem wearing a 24-hour patch on the upper arm, without any health care concerns. Using 16-hour patches is equally effective for most people, and these patches avoid the potential for sleep disturbances or vivid dreams sometimes associated with 24-hour nicotine intake.
- What are the side effects of nicotine patches?
Once you get started with nicotine patches and a nicotine patch strength that suits your style, you should suffer no negative side effects. On the other hand, you will immediately begin to enjoy the benefits of being a health-conscious non-smoker. Simply choose 24-hour patches or 16-hour patches, and follow instructions as recommended for a successful quit attempt.
Nicotine patches provide smoking pre-quit and quit measures that really do work. Health care is serious business, and the attempt to give up smoking should be celebrated. Amcal Chemists are a smart choice for finding the right nicotine patch, nicotine gum, nicotine lozenges or inhaler for your style of quitting smoking. Amcal is found in every Australian state and territory and has a proud history of serving regional Australian communities.
Quitting smoking will not only improve breathing and restore your lungs, you will also help eliminate heart disease and blood pressure problems. Health professionals at Amcal Pharmacies can assist you in choosing the right dose of nicotine patch for your quit smoking plan.
21mg patches are the right starting point for people who smoke more than 15 cigarettes per day. A useful tool for ascertaining nicotine dependence is the Fagerstrom Test, that analyses and scores six different factors that smokers may experience.
- How soon after waking do you smoke your first cigarette?
- Do you find it difficult to refrain from smoking in places where it is not allowed? Such as - Church, Library, Office, etc.
- Which cigarette would you hate to give up?
- How many cigarettes a day do you smoke?
- Do you smoke more frequently in the morning?
- Do you smoke even if you are sick in bed most of the day?
The six factors are then matched with a scoring system to determine how heavy a smoker you are. The results can determine what smoking cessation nicotine patches, nicotine gum, or nicotine lozenges to choose. Nicotine patches shouldn't be confused with some stop smoking products containing Varenicline and Bupropion, although these medicines do also prove effective in blocking the effects of nicotine to the brain and receptors.
Visit your local Amcal Chemist and choose from the extensive range of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products that are supported by Australian health professionals and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). Nicotine patches can help anyone who wants to minimise withdrawal symptoms while quitting smoking.
If you smoke more than 15 cigarettes per day, you will likely start using 21mg patches (full strength) for the first month or six weeks. People who smoke 7-14 cigarettes per day may choose to start with mid-strength 14mg patches, while mild and occasional smokers of up to 7 cigarettes per day are often comfortable with 7mg patches.
Amcal is the answer, and has been serving people in all Australian states and territories for close to 90 years. Amcal has continued to grow since the 1930's, and is a widely recognised pharmacy brand for expert advice, friendly service and value for money. If you require smoking cessation nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) patches, 16-hour patches, 24-hour patches, clear patches, Invisipatch, or other new patch NRT products for reducing nicotine cravings, visit Amcal.
Nicotine withdrawal symptoms are difficult to handle, but NRT products available from Amcal in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and all other Australian states can make your quit attempt successful. The number of cigarettes you smoke can be immediately reduced to zero using Nicotinell, Nicorette, Nicabate and Amcal nicotine patches or other nicotine replacement therapy products.