using two nicotine patches a day

People will be asking for nicotine patches...as they make their New Year's resolution to quit smoking. Some people will be using two nicotine patches a day.

This is based on new studies in JAMA showing that one patch isn't always enough...especially for heavy smokers. The strongest patches only replace about HALF the nicotine from smoking one pack a day.

Consider using two of the 22 mg patches for patients who smoke 2 or more packs a day. Or combine an 11 mg and a 22 mg patch for people who smoke 1 to 2 packs a day. Another alternative is to add nicotine gum to the usual-strength patches.

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