Proper Use

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

This medicine comes with a patient information leaflet. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

Make sure that you wash your hands with soap and water before and after applying the medicine.

This medicine looks like a tablet, but it sticks to your gum like a patch. To use the patch:

  • Keep the patch in the blister pack until you are ready to use it. Do not use damaged blister packs.
  • Put the flat side of the patch on your fingertip. Place the patch against your gum and to the left or right of your front teeth. Gently push the it up as high as it will go. Then push on the patch from the outside of your mouth for at least 30 seconds. The patch should stick to your gum.
  • Do not chew or swallow the patch.
  • Each time you put in a new patch, put it on the side opposite from where you put the last one.
  • Keep the patch in your mouth all the time, unless you are changing patches. Check to make sure the patch is still in place after you eat or drink, use mouthwash, or brush your teeth.
  • To remove a patch, use your finger to gently loosen it. Then slide it down over your teeth and take it out.
  • Use this medicine 2 times a day, once in the morning and once in the evening (about 12 hours apart), unless your doctor tells you differently.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For buccal dosage form (tablets):
    • For hormone replacement:
      • Adults—30 milligrams (mg) applied on the upper gums two times a day (about 12 hours apart).
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

Call your doctor or pharmacist for instructions.

If the patch does not stick or falls off within the first 8 hours, take it out and put in a new one. Put in the next patch at the regularly scheduled time. If the patch falls off after more than 8 hours, take it out and put in a new one. This will count as your next dose, and the patch can stay in place for 12 hours.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.