The Four Side Effects of the Nicotine Patch That You Can Fix Right Now

Nicotine patches are designed to provide a steady amount of nicotine over a 24-hour period.

When used correctly, they are very useful in helping to cut down the cigarettes you smoke and have more control over your cravings.

Nicotine Patch

Your success with quitting smoking has alot to do with managing the side effects of the nicotine products and medications you use and having a plan of action when they do happen.


By taking care of some of the nicotine--you should be having less intense cravings and smoking less cigarettes than you did before.  

That way, you have the ability to avoid giving into your cravings, allowing you to choose other activities that are more aligned with the tobacco-free life you really want to be living.


Here are 4 Side Effects of the patch, and how to fix them: 

1) Skin feels raw-->The adhesive used in the patch may make your skin sensitive, especially after removing the patch.

Use the other arm or site of your body that was different from the day before.

2) Having weird dreams-->Nicotine causes the release of dopamine and other chemicals in the brain.  

Try removing the patch 1-2 hours before bedtime. 

3) Can't Sleep-->Nicotine is a stimulant that can mess up your ability to get good quality sleep.  

Try removing the patch 1-2 hours before bedtime.

Alternatively, you could also be going through withdrawal and craving nicotine, so in that case, wear the patch overnight.  

4) Nausea--> Dose of your patch might be too high.  

If you smoke less than a pack per day a Step 1 patch might be too high of a dose, so the key is to experiment with lower dose patches (i.e. Step 2 and Step 3) and see if you still have nausea symptoms.

You might be surprised how USEFUL the nicotine patch can be when you feel more confident knowing you can manage the side effects and have the ability to use it safely.


The most important thing is to seek help & guidance from a licensed health care professional specialized in tobacco addictions treatment.

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