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When using the nicotine patch (Nicoderm® CQ®), your initial dosage will depend on how many cigarettes you smoke each day. There are three available strengths of the nicotine patch:
 
  • Nicotine patch 21 mg per 24 hours
  • Nicotine patch 14 mg per 24 hours
  • Nicotine patch 7 mg per 24 hours.
 
If you smoke more than 10 cigarettes each day, the recommended initial dosage is one 21-mg patch applied every 24 hours for six weeks. After six weeks, you should apply one 14-mg patch every day for two weeks. For the final two weeks, you will use one 7-mg patch each day.
 
In general, it is recommended that the nicotine patch be used for no longer than 8 to 10 weeks. However, some people may need to continue to use the patch for a longer period of time. If you feel that you still crave cigarettes after you complete treatment with the nicotine patch, talk to your healthcare provider.
 
(Click Nicotine Patch to learn more about when and how to use this nicotine replacement therapy to ensure a safe, effective treatment process.)
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