The Nicotine Patch is a transdermal over the counter smoking cessation aid. It is a form of Nicotine Replacement Therapy. The idea behind it is to replace nicotine from smoking with nicotine from the patch thereby reducing physical withdrawl symptons while gradually tapering dosages. Smokers like myself who smoke a pack a day would start with a heavier dosage, gradually reduce dosages throughout the day.
If you are a pack a day sort of person, using the patch should end up being cheaper than purchasing packs. Dosages should cost no more than $3.00 or so per day.
There are few reported cases of heart failure from nicotine overdose as a result people using the Patch while simultaneously smoking cigarettes and drinking booze. Naturally, there were some lawsuits filed by the idiot’s idiot relatives. The patch is also reported to cause intense dreaming.
My own experience with the patch is that it was expensive at the time and was a fairly miserable experience. Sure, I didn’t haveto deal with two days of nicotine withdrawl, but it did nothing for the psychological addiction, while keeping my body perpetually addicted to It did however have a solid effect on my mental preparedness for future attempts, as I knew more what I could expect from my desire to smoke.
While my experience sounds negative, I’d recommend trying the patch as a first quit attempt. And while success is doubtful, the coping mechanisms it helps you develop are invaluable. One step at a time is the only way. It took me 10 years.
Two major brands include Nicoderm CQ and CVS’s Nicotine Transdermal System. The latter tends to be cheaper, you can probably find it online for even less.