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The Nicotine Patch

If you're thinking about quitting smoking, the nicotine patch can be an effect method for reducing or eliminating cigarette cravings.

The nicotine patch is a small, adhesive patch which a smoker can affix to their body. The nicotine patch then secretes the addictive chemical through the smoker's skin and into the body chemistry.

When used effectively, the nicotine patch has been proven to help smokers kick the habit, but what do you need to know about using the nicotine patch before you begin? And are there any side effects that you should be aware of?

The first thing you need to think about before beginning this treatment is the strength of sticker you require. They generally come in three strengths - 21 mg, 14 mg and 7 mg. The average cigarette contains 1 mg of the addictive substance, so if you smoke a pack of 20 a day, you'll want to begin with the 21 mg, where as if you are a social smoker you may want to begin with on of the lesser strengths.

The treatment consists of three stages if you start with the most powerful sticker. Smokers are advised to wear the 21mg sticker for 6 weeks, before moving on to the 14 mg for 2 weeks and then finally the 7 mg for 2 weeks. Since there are no short-term ill effects from using the treatment, smokers are advised not to rush any of the stages.

The only side effect currently known from using the treatment is unusually vivid or intense dreams. While some users find these pleasant, some may experience nightmares and so elect to take the sticker off over night. This is okay provided that it's put back on immediately in the morning.

If you are interested in learning more about this treatment, visit you doctor who can guide you through the process.



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