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How long should I stay on the patch?

Studies show that a total of 8-10 weeks of patch use (all steps) is ideal and enhances your success. If you smoke more than 10 cigarettes a day: Use the 21 mg patch for six weeks; then switch to Step 2 (14 mg) for 2 weeks; and end on Step 3 (7 mg) for 2 weeks. If you smoke 10 or fewer cigarettes a day: Use the 14 mg patch for six weeks and then switch to the 7 mg patch for 2 weeks. It is important to complete treatment. If you feel you need to use the patch longer, please talk to your doctor. The FDA has determined that in most cases it is all right to continue the patch for a longer period.

 

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