Dr Colin Mendelsohn

Smokers’ Clinic


How can you stop nicotine patches from falling off?

Posted by DrMendelsohn on 26 November, 2012

Nicotine-patch-2.jpgSome people find that nicotine patches keep coming off. Here are some tips to keep them firmly attached:

  • Apply the patch after showering and avoid lotions, creams and skin oils
  • Using alcohol wipes before application, especially for oily skin
  • Cover with Fixomull Stretch adhesive fabric bandage (10cm) which can be cut to size. It sticks strongly in humid conditions and while swimming
  • Mefix is a soft, stretchable adhesive fabric tape which can be applied over the patch to hold it in place.
  • Coban bandagea light non-adhesive bandage which sticks to itself
  • Opsite transparent, waterproof film
  • Micropore tape
  • Pantyhose or sock under the sleeve
  • Avoid areas prone to rubbing and friction
  • Wear the patch on top of the foot under a sock and shoe

 

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