What are Nicotine Patches?
Nicotine patches are small, clear or skin coloured sticky patches which resemble plasters. They adhere to the skin and can be worn for 24 hour periods or only during waking hours. They work by releasing nicotine directly into the bloodstream through the skin.
Nicotine patches come in various different strengths, and it is recommended that users gradually reduce the strength of patch they are on before stopping using the patches completely. 24 hour patches can interrupt sleep for some people, but for those who have nicotine cravings first thing in the morning, they can be really helpful. It is easy to find packs of nicotine patches for sale on eBay at reasonable prices.
Who Are Nicotine Patches Designed For?
Nicotine patches are designed for those who need some help quitting smoking. Research has shown that those using Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) when quitting smoking are twice as likely to be successful than those going cold turkey from nicotine altogether.
Nicotine patches are ideal for those looking for a discreet form of nicotine replacement. Patches can be worn under clothes and are slim and hard to notice. Because they look like a plaster, nobody will know that they are a nicotine patch. They are also a great choice for those who dislike using an inhalator or the taste of nicotine gum, and because they release a steady stream of nicotine, they can really help with cravings when quitting smoking. Just apply one to the skin and it can be forgotten about all day. Patches are often a more affordable alternative than gum or inhalators, and can be purchased online, on websites such as eBay.
How to Use Nicotine Patches to Help You Quit Smoking
In order to ensure the nicotine patch is working correctly, a few steps need to be followed when applying the patch to skin:
- The patch should be applied to clean, hairless, skin and should not be used on oily, irritated or broken skin.
- Patches can be applied on the upper arm, hip or chest – the package will normally advise where is best to apply the patch.
- Peel off the protective backing and apply patch directly to skin – the patch should be pressed in place for around 10 seconds.
- The nicotine patch should be worn for 16 or 24 hours – it can be worn whilst bathing or showering.
- Two patches should never be worn simultaneously as this could cause nicotine overdose.
- The new patch should be applied to a different part of the body to prevent irritation.
Other Quit Smoking Aids Available
There are a number of other products available to aid quitting smoking, and these can be found online, on websites such as eBay:
- Nicotine gum
- Nicotine Inhalators
- Electronic Cigarettes
- Shisha Pens
- Nasal Sprays
- Prescription medications such as Champix and Zyban – available from a GP
The aid used is a personal decision, but patches and gum are probably the two most popular and affordable options and are easy to find at affordable prices on eBay.
Benefits of Nicotine Patches
Nicotine patches are a great choice for those who don't have time to use any other NRT products. The nicotine patch can be applied to the skin and left there without worry all day, releasing a steady supply of nicotine into the bloodstream and ensuring that the user is not suffering from nicotine cravings.
It is easy to buy bulk packs of nicotine patches online, on websites such as eBay and because they come in various different strengths, several different kinds can be purchased and the amount of nicotine used gradually decreased until they are no longer needed. For those who are looking to quit smoking discreetly, patches are a great option as they are worn underneath clothing and are practically invisible.
Popular Nicotine Patch Brands
Patches available in opaque or clear include 3 steps to quitting smoking gradually reducing from 21mg to 14mg and 7mg of nicotine. Their Pre-Quit patch can be used alongside smoking for 2-4 weeks to ease smokers into their quitting program.
Step 1 (21mg), Step 2 (14mg) and Step 3(7mg) give 3 easy steps to quitting smoking for good – all three steps are usually available to purchase on eBay.
Invisipatch 10mg, 15mg and 25mg – these new patches are practically invisible and a great way to quit smoking discreetly.
No one patch is better than another and it is a case of personal choice which brand to opt for. Most brands can be found online, on websites such as eBay for an affordable price.
Side Effects of Nicotine Patches
Nicotine patches can cause irritation to the skin when applied. This could include burning, tingling and itching. This is the result of nicotine on the skin and symptoms should subside within an hour or so. Other side effects may include:
- Upset stomach
- Swelling and redness at patch site – this usually resolves within 24 hours.
It is important to follow these precautions:
- Never smoke cigarettes or use other products containing nicotine whilst wearing nicotine patches as overdose could occur.
- Never use products containing nicotine if pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breast feeding – nicotine is harmful to the foetus.
- Contact a doctor if any of the following apply: history of heart condition, ulcers, angina, overactive thyroid, dental condition or any other serious medical condition.
- Always see a doctor before using nicotine patches – particularly if on any other prescription medication.
Following the Nicotine Patch Program
It is important to remember that nicotine patches are not a long-term alternative to cigarettes and they are designed to gradually reduce the amount of nicotine used until it is no longer needed. Most nicotine patch manufacturers have introduced a 3-step program designed to help in quitting smoking. This program is intended to last for about 10 weeks and each step can be purchased on eBay.
Patches usually release nicotine rapidly when first applied in the morning, helping to calm cravings, particularly for heavy smokers. They then release a steady supply of nicotine into the body throughout the day. The step of the program to start on depends on how many cigarettes the individual currently smokes. Those who smoke more than 10 cigarettes a day should start on step one which provides between 21 – 25mg nicotine a day. For those who smoke less than 10 cigarettes a day, starting on step two (around 14mg nicotine a day) should be sufficient, but remember to gradually move on to the next step.
How to Buy Nicotine Patches on eBay
The easiest way to buy Nicotine Patches online is to explore eBay. Just visit eBay and go to the drop-down menu of categories on the left-hand side of the page. Select Health and Beauty and this will open up a list of sub-categories. Go to Health Care and select Quit Smoking. From here you can choose ‘Patches' under Sub-Type in the left-hand menu.
There are several different brands and strengths of nicotine patches to choose from, and searches can be narrowed using a certain term if looking for something specific. Just type the words related to the search, such as ‘Nicorette Patches' into the main search box. For further tips on how to search eBay, go to the Search Tips page.
Nicotine patches are a convenient, easy and discreet way for anyone to quit smoking. Using NRT has been proven to double a smoker's chances of quitting for good. Because nicotine patches are applied to the skin, they release a consistent stream of nicotine directly into the bloodstream and can be applied and then forgotten about for 24 hours, unlike other quit smoking aids such as nicotine gum and inhalators, which require to be used regularly.
There are a number of different brands of nicotine patches available and different strengths, from 25mg to 7mg of nicotine. Because the amount of nicotine should be gradually reduced, patch manufacturers have put in place a 3-step program that allows smokers to step down from one patch to another with a lower nicotine content. This is a great, gradual way to quit nicotine and smoking for good. It is easy to shop for nicotine patches on eBay and the most popular brands can usually be found for an affordable price.