What are Niquitin Original 14mg 24 Hour (Step 2) Patches?
These Niquitin patches are a treatment that helps people to quit smoking. The patches contain nicotine which is what causes addiction to cigarettes. These patches are stage 2 patches which should be used after using stage 1 patches for a period of time in a process for quitting smoking. This process is called Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT). Besides a form of NRT, these patches can be used as a replacement for a cigarette when smoking is difficult or not possible.
What causes addiction to smoking?
An addiction to smoking is caused by nicotine in tobacco when it is inhaled. When someone smokes, the tobacco gets into the lungs and from there goes into the brain. When nicotine gets into the brain, it causes the brain to release a neurotransmitter which regulates moods and behaviours. The neurotransmitter released by the brain as a result of nicotine is dopamine. Dopamine improves the mood and gives off the feeling of pleasure. When the body experiences this, it becomes reliant on this feeling and as a result, causes cravings. Cravings can be triggered by a number of different things, this includes actions, behaviours, and routines. If you know what these triggers are, then you can quit smoking easier.
Who are these nicotine patches suitable for?
These Niquitin patches are suitable to be used by adults and children aged 12 and over. Do not use these patches if you are allergic to the ingredients contained in the patches. Do not use if you are not a regular smoker. If any of the following applies to you, speak to a doctor or Chemist 4 U for advice before using these patches:
- In hospital because of a heart related-issue
- Are diabetic
- Have serious liver or kidney problems
- Have an overactive thyroid or adrenal gland
- Have allergic eczema or dermatitis
- Have stomach ulcers
If you are using any other form of medication, consult a professional for advice since quitting smoking can affect the medication that you are currently using.
Can someone who is pregnant or breastfeeding use these nicotine patches?
Anyone who is pregnant or breastfeeding should attempt to quit smoking as soon as possible. It is recommended that an attempt to quit smoking is done without any form of NRT. If this is not successful, then use a form of NRT. Before using these patches, consult a medical professional for advice.
How should Niquitin Original 14mg 24 Hour (Step 2) Patches be used?
Depending on how many cigarettes you are smoking, when it comes to quitting smoking you should start either with step 1 patches or these ones. If you smoke 10 or more cigarettes a day, start with step 1 patches and use for 6 weeks before using these patches. If you smoke fewer than 10 cigarettes a day, use these patches for 6 weeks. After using the step 2 patches, move on to step 3 patches and use those for 2 weeks. When applying a patch, place it on the skin and hold it down for 10 seconds. After applying, make sure to wash your hands. Apply a new patch at the same time every day, ideally just after waking up. Do not apply a new patch to the same area for at least 7 days. Keep applying a patch to a different area of the skin.
Are there any side effects?
Stopping smoking can cause side effects as a result. Potential side effects include:
- Feeling weak
- Unable to concentrate
- Sleep disturbances
- A cough
- Flu-like symptoms
There are other potential side effects as a result of NRT treatment. These include:
- A reaction at the sticking site of the patch
- Allergic reactions including a rash
- Heart palpitations
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling sick
- Stomach pains
- Dry mouth
- Joint or muscle pains
- Feeling unwell
- Redness or itching where the patch has been applied
- Increased skin sensitivity
If you notice a side effect, stop using and speak to a doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist as soon as possible. You can also record a side effect using the MHRA Yellow Card Scheme.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
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