NicoDerm CQ works by delivering a steady flow of therapeutic nicotine through your skin. NicoDerm CQ features Extended Release SmartControl® Technology. This technology ensures that nicotine won’t be delivered all at once, or run out too soon. It starts to release nicotine immediately, followed by a steady flow of nicotine all day long. When worn for 24 hours, NicoDerm CQ has even been shown to help prevent morning cravings when you first wake up.
NicoDerm CQ is available in a multi-step program so you can step down your dosage as you wean your body off nicotine.
Nicotine patch, like NicoDerm CQ, are just one form of Nicotine Replacement Therapy. They look like adhesive bandages and stick onto the skin in the same way. While you wear the patch, nicotine passes through the skin into your blood. Even the sticky side of the patch contains a layer of nicotine. Nicoderm CQ delivers nicotine in a steady stream, helps reduce the nicotine cravings that come from quitting and allows you to focus on your quit journey.
First, you need to choose the strength that’s right for you. Since different smokers are used to different levels of nicotine, NicoDerm CQ comes in two starting strengths. Depending on how many cigarettes you smoke each day, you’ll start at either Step 1 or Step 2. Use the guide below to help you decide which step to choose.
If you smoke more than 10 cigarettes per day, start with STEP 1 (21 mg) for 6 weeks, then STEP 2 (14 mg) for 2 weeks, then STEP 3 (7 mg) for 2 weeks, and then stop
If you smoke 10 or fewer cigarettes per day, do not use STEP 1 (21 mg). Start with STEP 2 (14 mg) for 6 weeks, then STEP 3 (7 mg) for 2 weeks, and then stop
To improve your chances of quitting, complete the full treatment program. Apply a new patch every day
Refer to product label for complete directions for use
NRTs are over-the-counter (OTC) products that can help reduce your cravings and withdrawal symptoms while you adjust to life as a nonsmoker. They work by delivering lower levels of therapeutic nicotine without the 7,000 chemicals found in tobacco smoke.
People who use NRT to help quit smoking can double their chances of success versus placebo
Millions of smokers around the world have used NRT products to help them in their quit attempt*
NRT products (patch and gum) have even been included on the World Health Organization’s list of essential medicines