Nicotine patches are an adhesive that can be worn directly on the skin. There are various types of patches all worn throughout the day and release small doses of nicotine into your bloodstream via your skin. The patches can assist in reducing the craving you feel through the day. As nicotine patches can take some time to work, it's generally recommended that they're worn prior to any craving.
It's not recommended that regular use of nicotine patches are used beyond 12 months.
While chewing, nicotine gum releases various doses of nicotine into your bloodstream via the lining of your mouth. The gum may assist in reducing the immediate craving you feel at the time. Unlike regular gum, nicotine gum should be chewed a little and allowed to rest on the side of your mouth. repeat this process with the same piece over approximately 20 minutes or as directed by the packaging or healthcare provider. Nothing should be consumed before or while chewing the gum.
Both nicotine patches and gum can be used at the same time, though it's recommended you seek medical advice prior to commencing.
Some side-effects have been known to occur with both nicotine patches and/or gum, so seek medical advice if this is the case.