Anti-smoking patches are used as a part of a nicotine replacement therapy program. When used with other behavioral techniques, anti-smoking patches have up to a 70 percent success rate in helping people quit smoking. In addition to anti-smoking patches, chewing gum, Amcal quit smoking inhaler products, and lozenges are also used in nicotine replacement therapy, and more than one of these products may be used at the same time. Depending on the formulation of the nicotine in these products, some side effects can occur when using these products. Side effects include:
• Mouth or skin irritation
• Hiccups or coughing
• Runny nose
Another serious side effect is nicotine poisoning, and there is a possibility that the smoker will still be addicted to nicotine despite their best efforts at attempting to quit.
An anti-smoking patch releases a controlled dose of nicotine into the bloodstream through the skin over a 16 to 24-hour period. The size of the patch determines how much nicotine it has in it. Large patches have the most nicotine, and they are used during the first few weeks of nicotine replacement therapy. After the first few weeks, the smoker can start using the medium-sized patches, which have less nicotine. After a few weeks of using the medium-sized patches, the smoker can start using the small patches, which have the least amount of nicotine. Eventually the smoker should be able to stop using the patches, and hopefully, they will no longer have the desire for nicotine.
Amcal Nicotine Patches 7mg can be purchased over-the-counter, so smokers can combat their nicotine addiction on their own. In some cases, professional help may be needed to address nicotine addiction and withdrawal symptoms. Nicotine withdrawal symptoms include weight gain, depression, irritability, and anxiety. An antidepressant such as bupropion may be prescribed to help the person quit smoking. People can successfully quit smoking when they are determined to live a healthier lifestyle and when they have a good support network.