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  • A nicotine patch is a small plaster patch that adheres to the skin, designed to release varying doses of nicotine into the bloodstream in order to reduce cravings for addicted smokers who are trying to quit. This is a form of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). The nicotine patch looks like a square tan bandage. Applied once a day in the morning to clean, dry, non-hairy skin, the nicotine patch is left on all day, and removed just before bed. Nicotine patches are also available in a clear material, making them less visible on the skin.
  • The patch first became available in the U.S. by prescription only in 1992, and by 1996 could be bought over-the-counter. Patches are available in many brands from several different drug companies. Though they vary slightly in properties and dosages they all work basically the same. The idea is that the presence of small doses of nicotine in the body will reduce the severity of cravings experienced when going cold turkey.
  • One of the benefits of a nicotine patch is in the way it delivers the nicotine to your body. When you smoke, the nicotine is absorbed into the bloodstream very quickly through the lungs. The effect of the nicotine on the brain is almost instant. But within 20-30 minutes, the blood level of nicotine has dropped and your body begins signaling for more. This keeps the smoker in a roller coaster need-feed cycle.
  • Wearing the nicotine patch to bed at night can disrupt sleep and cause vivid dreams. The nicotine patch works by delivering small, controlled doses of nicotine into the bloodstream, but without all of the other toxic and dangerous chemicals present in cigarette smoke. Nicotine patches should be removed from the skin during strenuous exercise. If a patch is left on, too much nicotine may pass through your skin and into your bloodstream.
  • Nicotine in any form should ideally not be used during pregnancy, as it has been shown to adversely affect the development of the baby, both in the womb and after birth. However, for pregnant women who are unable to give up smoking without a smoking cessation aid, NRT may deliver less nicotine (and none of the other potentially disease-causing agents) than would be obtained from cigarettes
  • Researchers are reporting that at least 50 percent of patients who used a nicotine patch for six weeks experienced complete relief of symptoms of ulcerative colotis, compared with 25 percent of patients who used a patch without nicotine
  • NRT products represent only a tiny fraction (less than half of 1%) of the global pharmaceutical
    market, which was around $300 billion in 1998 (Scrip Magazine 1999).The
    global market for NRT products was estimated to be only $725 million in 1998, about$553 million of which was in the United States

About Nicotine

  • Tobacco menace
  • Tobacco-Specific Nitrosamines
  • Nicotiana
  • Determination of nicotine in tobacco
  • Nicotine Degradataion
  • Tobacco Harvestors
  • Tobacco Cultivars

Nicotine Replacement Therapy ( NRT)

  • NRT - Fact Sheet
  • Using Biomarkers during NRT
  • NRT & Cardiovascular Disease
  • Effective without direct councelling
  • Pharmacotherapy for Nicotine
  • Smoking Rate
  • Pharmacotherapy and Pharmacogenetics
    of Nicotine Dependence
  • NRT Products
Nicotine Patch  
  • Nicotine Patch - what?
  • Nicotine Patch - Overview
  • FAQ
  • Relief from Patch
  • Nicotine Patch Test Helps Smokers
  • Developing the Patch
  • Caffiene Patch


  • Regulatory Framework
  • Approvals
  • Tobacco Control
  • Action Council against Tobacco
  • Nicotine-Free Cigarettes
  • Regulations - Europe
  • Licensing Arrangements
  • Nicotine Mesurement
  • UK Market Review
  • Pharmaceutical Players
  • Smoke free products
  • FCV Tobacco
  • Nicotine alkaloids in Solanaceous food plants
  • Benefits of Nicotine
  • Alternative uses of tobacco
  • Tastes of Tobacco Leaves
  • WHO List
  • Reduced Exposure
Nicotine Extraction
  • Solanesol extraction from tobacco leaves
  • A rapid method for detecting alkaloids
  • Extraction of Nicotine from Cigarettes
  • Solid Phase Extraction
  • The Biosynthesis of Nicotine Alkaloid
  • Commercial scale supercritical CO2 extraction plants and processes
  • Synthesis of Pyrrolidine Ring of Nicotine
Quit Smoking
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Smokers with Asthma
  • Quit Smoking
  • Why Quit?
  • Myths
  • Telephone counselling
  • Guide for Nurses
  • Occupational health guidelines
  • Stop Smoking
  • Quit Methods
  • Tobacco Use Cessation
  • Adolescent smokers
  • Smoking cessation and
    nicotine-replacement therapies
  • Smoke free products
  • Workplace
  • Chewing


  • North Carolina Company
  • Biopharmaceutical company
  • Company & product
  • Company & new product
  • Company & marketshare
  • Transdermal Products
  • Nicotine Replacement Products
  • Bacillus and Lactobacillus
  • Chemistry of Cigarettes & Smokeless Tobacco
  • Research Institute
  • Filter Technology
  • Conversion of Nicotine to Nornicotine in Tobacco
  • Patents
  • RNA silencing approaches
  • Commercial Transdermals
  • Nicotine Water
  • Nicorette
  • Chemical Scale Studies


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