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Table 1. Nicotine Patches

 Brand Dose  Side Effects  Comments 
d = day; OTC = over the counter; Rx = prescription; wk = week.
RxHabitrol7–21 mg/dErythemaUse for 6–12 wk
OTCNicoderm CQ7–21 mg/dPruritusUse for 6–12 wk
OTCNicotrol5–15 mg/dBurning at siteUse for 14–20 wk
RxProStep11–22 mg/dLocal irritationUse for 6–12 wk