Nicotine patches deliver nicotine transdermally (through the skin) and are available over-the-counter and by prescription. They can be obtained as a 16-hour patch and a 24-hour patch. Each comes with an insert featuring complete dosage recommendations and instructions on proper application, as well as all the other pertinent information. Most users use the patch for no more than three to five months.
Using the nicotine patch may cause one of more of the following side effects:
- Irritation on the skin where the patch is placed (in this case, consider a different brand)
- Racing heartbeat
- Problems sleeping (including vivid dreams and nightmares)
- Nausea or vomiting
Side Effects of Nicotine patch
How do Nicotine Patches Work?