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  • What strength of NiQuitin Extra Fresh Mint Gum should I use?
    • If you usually have your first cigarette within 30 minutes of waking, use NiQuitin Extra Fresh Mint 4 mg Gum. If you start smoking more than 30 minutes after waking up, choose NiQuitin Exra Fresh Mint 2 mg Gum.

  • Can I use more than one NiQuitin Patch at a time?
    • You should not use more than one NiQuitin Patch at a time. A single patch of the correct strength provides enough nicotine to help reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting smoking.

  • How should I apply the NiQuitin Patch?
    • Apply the NiQuitin Patch to a clean, dry, and relatively hairless part of the body, such as the upper arm, back or chest. Do not use oils or talcum powder on the skin before applying, as it may prevent the patch from sticking properly.

      Each NiQuitin Patch comes in an individual sachet. Peel off the metallic backing film from the patch and press it firmly on to your skin for 10 seconds.

      Only one patch should be applied at a time. Do not cut a patch into half or smaller pieces.

  • How should I apply the NiQuitin Patch?
    • Apply the NiQuitin Patch to a clean, dry, and relatively hairless part of the body, such as the upper arm, back or chest. Do not use oils or talcum powder on the skin before applying, as it may prevent the patch from sticking properly.

      Each NiQuitin Patch comes in an individual sachet. Peel off the metallic backing film from the patch and press it firmly on to your skin for 10 seconds.

      Only one patch should be applied at a time. Do not cut a patch into half or smaller pieces.

  • How long should I wear the NiQuitin Patch before changing it?
    • NiQuitin Patches can be worn continuously for 16 or 24 hours. Wearing the patch for 24-hours provides maximum prevention from morning cravings, but if you prefer you can remove the patch at night and apply a fresh one in the morning.

      Change the patch after 24 hours and apply a new one to a different site on your arm, chest or back. Do not wear the same patch for more than 24 hours as it will lose strength and may irritate your skin.

      If the patch is stuck so firmly it's difficult to remove, try working an oil-based product, such as baby oil, into it with your fingers. This should help break up the adhesive.

  • What strength of NiQuitin Patch should I use and how long should I use them for?
    • The strength of patch you use will depend on how many cigarettes you smoke. NiQuitin Patches come in three different strengths (or Steps). If you smoke 10 or more cigarettes a day, start on Step 1 with the 21 mg patch. Use that for six weeks, before moving to Step 2 with the 14 mg patch for two weeks. Then on to Step 3 with the 7 mg patch for a further two weeks.

      If you smoke less than 10 cigarettes a day, you should start on Step 2 with a 14 mg patch. Use that for six weeks, before moving to Step 3 with a 7 mg patch for two weeks.

      Step down to lower strength patches as you smoke less, until you stop using the patches altogether.

      If you need to use NiQuitin Patches longer than 6 months seek advice from your GP or pharmacist.

  • Are there side effects of using the NiQuitin Patch?
    • At recommended doses, the NiQuitin Patch has not been found to cause any serious adverse effects. Having said that, medicines affect everyone differently and some people may experience side effects, while others may not experience any at all.

      Although the therapeutic nicotine your body absorbs through the patch is far less harmful than smoking, there are some side effects associated with nicotine. Many of these are similar to the effects of smoking nicotine in tobacco, or withdrawal symptoms after stopping smoking.

      You should always read the information in the pack before you use a product. In the unlikely event that you experience unusual or severe side effects, stop using this product and consult your doctor or pharmacist immediately.

  • Can I use NiQuitin Patches during pregnancy?
    • If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy consult your GP before using NiQuitin Patches. Ideally, nicotine should not be used in pregnancy in any form as it can adversely affect the development of your baby. However, as nicotine replacement therapy is likely to provide less nicotine (and none of the other potentially harmful chemicals found in cigarette smoke) it is considered less of a risk to your baby than continuing to smoke. 

  • Can I use NiQuitin Patches while breastfeeding?
    • Consult your doctor before using a nicotine patch while breastfeeding. Because a nicotine patch provides a continuous stream of nicotine, which is passed to your baby through breast milk, your doctor may suggest using an intermittent NRT product such as lozenges or gums.

      Using a product like NiQuitin Minis can be more easily adjusted around breastfeeding times to minimise the amount of nicotine your baby is exposed to.

      Again, using a NRT product while breastfeeding is considered a safer alternative to smoking – particularly if there’s a danger your baby may be exposed to second-hand smoke.

  • Can I use more than one NiQuitin Patch at a time?
    • You should not use more than one NiQuitin Patch at a time. A single patch of the correct strength provides enough nicotine to help reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting smoking