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*How to Re-Use/Re-Apply The Nicotine Patch
Nicotine replacement is a billion dollar per year business. And Millions of people would be pleased and relieved to know that the Nicotine Patch can be reapplied. This is a method to reuse your nicotine patches in order to quit smoking. If this idea takes off, it could cost the pharmaceutical companies hundred of millions of dollars per year.
How to reapply the Nicotine Patch
Please note that the distortion in the above photos is due to my having covered the patches with plastic wrap to keep them from sticking to the scanner.
Every time you reuse a patch, it will lose some strength, so put a slash mark on each individual patch, for every time you use it. Go through all the patches (one-by-one, day-after-day) until each one has a slash mark and then begin again. This will give you a tapering dose of nicotine. At some point, the patches will no longer be worth using. I have no idea when that is, but my relative (whom I devised this plan for) used each patch 5-6 times before getting new lower dose patches.
Attachment Note: If you are having trouble getting the tape and patches to adhere, you need to purchase a better brand of adhesive tape. Alternatively, you could use mild heat to soften the adhesive, and this will help it to re-adhere. Apply the patch to your body and press a warm (not hot) heating pad or a lukewarm (not hot) microwave-able hot/cold compress against the taped patch. Do this for no more than 10-20 seconds because the heat may create a temporary surge or rush in the rate of nicotine release. If you are concerned about this, consider that you are applying mild heat for only 10-20 seconds (or simply buy a better quality of adhesive). Furthermore, consider that a quick application of mild heat certainly will not release the nicotine nearly as fast as those nicotine lozenges do.
Out of adhesive tape? In an “emergency” like this, you can cut and use the adhesive tape from your band-aids. If, however, you did this on a regular basis you would go through so many band-aids that “cost-wise” you would be defeating your purpose of re-attaching the patches in the first place.
Common Question: A common question would be "how do I know if the old (previously used) patch is still working"?
Answer: You'll know that by the way you feel. However, if you are concerned, here is a simple test that will work for those of you that remove the patch at night because you experience vivid nicotine night terrors/dreams. One night when you go to bed - leave the patch on and then you'll know PDQ (a.k.a. pretty darn quick) if it is working. If you decide to perform this test, remember sleep alone, do it on a night when you can afford to lose sleep and don't blame me for your bad experience. Although, if you are a big horror movie fan, I just saved you a "buncha money" in video rentals. :-)
Occasional concern: I have heard people say that the patch doesn't work for them. I suspect this is because they are heavy smokers. Let's do some math. Two packs of regular strength cigarettes per day provide around 40mg. of nicotine. While the strongest patch that I know of is 22mg strength per day. When switching to a 22mg. patch you will suffer strong withdrawal symptoms. Sure, you could put on two patches at a time, but I wouldn't advise it; not if you like living. A better idea would be to cut down to approximately one pack of cigarettes per day and then switch to the patch.
So there you go. If you are using the nicotine patch or if you are a smoker and want to quit; I have just changed your life and saved you a huge amount of money. Now in fairness, there are some things that you can do to help me and to help others.
Important Attachment Warning: Nicotine Poisoning can be deadly; do not expose others to it! Check frequently to ensure that your patch is not coming loose. You wouldn't want it to come loose and to fall where a child (or a pet) might find it or to come off while you are sleeping and then your spouse rolls over on it. If someone else (or even a pet) shares your bed - always remove your patch before retiring. Additionally, active athletes and those with physical hobbies or professions will need to pay extra attention to ensure that the patch is not coming loose. Keep extra adhesive handy, for these occasions. And please, store and dispose of your patches where there is no chance that an accident will happen. Now I hope I haven't scared you out of trying this, because it works and it is safe, if you are careful and follow directions. Furthermore, keep in mind that brand new patches also occasionally come loose and fall off.
About Cutting the Patch: This is currently a volatile and a disputed practice and is not approved by the pharmaceutical companies and the medical community. I have my own thoughts on this, but at this time, I will not make a recommendation either for or against. I plan to leave that for another article. If you want to know more about this/make an informed decision, start by talking with your health care professional and by reading all the information that comes with the patch. Then do a google search, where you will find many interesting debates/arguments. Also, examine the patch for yourself, and don't be afraid to ask the tough questions. Examples follow.
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About Long Term Patch Usage: This too is currently a volatile and a disputed practice. A practice which is not approved by the pharmaceutical companies and the medical community. However, people are using the patch long term and some will continue to do so - no matter who advises them to stop. Just as many people will continue to smoke for their entire lives. With those facts in mind, you must decide, which is more dangerous, long-term smoking or long term patch usage?
Related Links: Here is some interesting nicotine patch information for you to read. Please note that I do not agree with all of it.
Well that's all folks. If you liked this article, please help Spread the word quick – before the Pharmaceutical "Powers That Be" (PPTB) can act to stop/block this information.
Article Specific Warning/Contraindications: A complete warning would be many pages long, thus you are expressly advised to read the manufactures directions, your package label, and to consult with your pharmacist and a qualified health professional before attempting to use the patch or before attempting anything discussed in this article. The information in the submission review area may not include all of the information necessary for selection and use of a product. Please see package insert or label instructions for all necessary information. Should there be any conflict between the information given in this area (or any other area on the NFTA site) and the package insert or label instructions, you are advised to consult with a qualified health professional before deviating from your products package insert or label information. You are hereby advised to consult directly with a qualified health professional with questions about your individual condition and/or circumstances before acting on any information that you find in this area, anywhere on the NFTA site, or via the internet in general. Additionally, do not use adhesive tape or cut band-aids, if you have an allergy or sensitivity to any of the ingredients.
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