Drug information provided by: IBM Micromedex
Your doctor will tell you how many patches to use, where to apply them, and how often to apply them. Do not use more patches or apply them more often than your doctor tells you to.
This medicine should come with patient information leaflet. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.
To use the skin patch:
Wash your hands with soap and water before and after applying a patch. Do not touch your eyes until after you have washed your hands.
Wash the area of skin where you will apply the patch gently with soap and warm water. Rinse completely and dry with a clean dry towel.
Apply the patch right away after removing it from the protective pouch. Do not cut it into smaller pieces and do not touch the sticky surface of the patch.
Apply the patch to a clean, dry, almost hairless, intact healthy skin area on your upper outer arm. Do not put the patch over red, damaged, or irritated skin. Avoid putting the patch on areas that have been treated with other skin products (eg, creams, oils, lotions, powders).
Press the patch firmly in place with your fingertips to make sure that the edges of the patch stick well.
If the patch does not stick well, use medical tape around the edges to keep it in place. Do not cover the patch completely. If the patch comes more than halfway off or becomes damaged, call your doctor for instructions.
Leave the patch in place for at least 24 hours after completion of chemotherapy. The patch can be worn for up to 7 days depending on how long you are receiving chemotherapy.
Avoid swimming, strenuous exercise, or using a sauna or whirlpool while using this medicine.
Do not expose the patch to direct sunlight or sunlamps. This could destroy the medicine in the patch. If you will be exposed to direct sunlight or sunlamps, cover your skin with clothing where you have the patch. Keep the clothing on this area while you are wearing it and for 10 days after you remove it.
Remove the patch by peeling it off from the skin gently.
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 transdermal dosage form (skin patch):
For prevention of nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy:
Adults—One patch applied at least 24 to 48 hours before chemotherapy.
Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
If you forget to wear or change a patch, put one on as soon as you can. If it is almost time to put on your next patch, wait until then to apply a new patch and skip the one you missed. Do not apply extra patches to make up for a missed dose.
Store the patches at room temperature in a closed container, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
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.
After removing a used patch, fold the patch in half with the sticky sides together. Make sure to dispose of it out of the reach of children and pets.