The nicotine patch is used to help you quit smoking by “replacing” the nicotine that you would normally get from a cigarette, but without the harmful chemicals found in cigarette smoke.
It makes you more comfortable while you are quitting because it reduces the cravings and withdrawal that you feel when you stop smoking.
It’s easy to use—you apply the patch once a day. Can be used with other nicotine medicines (gum,lozenge, nasal spray, or inhaler)—and studies have shown that this works better than using only the patch when quitting.
It is inexpensive compared to some of the other medicines for quitting smoking, and is available without a prescription.