Nicotine transdermal system - facts, effects and leading brands

Nicotine transdermal system refers to a controlled release of nicotine into the bloodstream through the skin, nose or mouth. The term transdermal typically denotes the transport of medical solutions through intact skin (cutis) into the bloodstream.

Nicotine transdermal system (NTS) has been used more loosely and frequently to refer to nicotine patches that are applied to the skin to supply lessor amounts of nicotine to the bloodstream. These are used as nicotine replacement therapies (NRT) by people who are quitting cigarette smoking.

The main advantage of transdermal patches over the rest is that they release a regulated amount of nicotine. This is done via a patch that is strapped on to the skin. Your body temperature and skin condition affects the amount of nicotine released into your bloodstream.

For this reason transdermal patches may not be applied on broken, wounded or sensitive skin. Some users with oily skin have complained of patches coming off.

Nicotine Transdermal System usage directions

Regardless of brand the following principles guide the use of transdermal patches.

  • You must have personal motivation to quit.
  • Usually only one patch is used per day following directions.
  • You must complete the full treatment program for best results
  • A transdermal patch should not be used for more than 8 weeks
  • NRTs are most effective when used in combination with quit smoking programs.
  • Keep AWAY from children at all times.
  • Make sure protective packaging is not damaged in any way.
  • You may not use any nicotine products with the patch. This may cause deadly nicotine poisoning.
  • Get medical advise if already taking other unrelated drugs.
  • Get medical advise if you have pre-existing condition such as heart disease or heart condition.


Today's nicotine transdermal system comes in different brands as each manufacturer works to promote own brand. However the concept behind the different brand patches is the same. Trade names will include Habitrol, Nicoderm, Nicotrol and others.

Rite Aid Nicotine Transdermal System

The Rite Aid nicotine patch is perhaps one of the most popular and is available directly from Rite Aid or other online sources. There is plenty user feedback of Rite Aid some of which is as follows;

nicotine transdermal system

  • Experienced very minimal cravings from time I put first patch.
  • Did not have any adverse reactions.
  • Doesn't hurt when I pull it off.
  • Didnt seem to curb cravings and made us feel sick to our stomachs.
  • Ended up smoking again and have since switched to Nicoderm CQ 21mg.
  • This is a good product equally comparable to other brands.
  • Product works well for taking the edge off
  • Patches are great even took a shower with one on

As you can see it's a mixed bag and you will have to make the final decision. Each user has a different experience good or bad which might not be the case with you. This is common across all stop smoking products.

Nicotine transdermal system: NicoDerm CQ

NicoDerm is equally popular and user feedback is as follows;

NicoDerm CQ

  • Recommended - it is working out fine, the cravings are all but gone.
  • We have experienced excessive sweating
  • Makes me vomit
  • If you really want to quit smoking this is really a great way
  • They deliver a steady supply (of nicotine) throughout the day
  • Be sure to follow the complete Nicoderm program and you can finally be free too
  • So far so good
  • The best alternative for quitting yet
  • Do not cut these types of patches down to smaller sizes as they will not work and you will get nearly no medicine.

Clearly each transdermal system commands its own respect (and shame too). Again you will need to settle for what is most appropriate for you.


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