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How can I manage the side effects from nicotine patches?

When experiencing side effects from the nicotine patch, there are some basic ways to relieve them:
  • Do not smoke while you are using a patch.
  • Try a different brand of patch if your skin becomes irritated.
  • Reduce the amount of nicotine by using a lower-dose patch.
  • Sleep problems may be short-term and go away in 3 or 4 days. If not, and you're using a 24-hour patch, try switching to a 16-hour patch.
  • Stop using the patch and try a different form of NRT.

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