The following video is meant to be a general guide only. Always follow the instructions provided by your doctor or pharmacist for your particular patch.
How to Properly Apply a Transdermal Patch
1. Select an area of your skin that is clean, dry and free from excessive hair. Be sure to follow your product instructions as to site selection and rotation. If required, hair can be clipped with scissors close to the skin but the area should NOT be shaved. Ensure the area is clean and free from oils, powders and lotions so the patch sticks well to the site.
2. Remove the patch from its package only when you are ready to use it. When removing it, be careful not to cut or damage the patch in any way. If the patch is damaged or altered in any way, do NOT use it.
3. A stiff protective liner covers the sticky side of the patch. This is the side that you will attach to your skin. Remove the protective liner according to your product directions to expose the sticky adhesive layer. Be sure not to touch the sticky side of the patch. Some protective liners are removed in two parts. If so, remove one part of the liner and place the sticky half of the patch on the area of skin. Then, gently peel off the remaining liner, to attach the rest of the patch.
4. Apply the patch to the site or sites in the product-specific instructions or as directed by your doctor or pharmacist.
5. Press down on the patch with the palm of your hand to smooth it down. Make sure the patch is flat to the skin and there are no bumps, folds, or bubbles under it. Then use your finger to press down along the edges of the patch.
If the patch does not stick well or loosens after application, you can tape the edges down with first aid tape. Refer to your product information sheet for additional information on how to deal with this problem.
6. Once the patch is applied, dispose of the protective liner and package as directed by your instruction sheet, and wash your hands.
Even a used patch may contain enough drug to harm others, especially children and pets. It is important to dispose of used patches and packaging properly.
7. Wear the patch for the amount of time directed by your doctor. With each new patch, remove the old patch and change application sites according to your product’s instruction sheet. If you are not sure when to change the patch, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
Some patches have special labels to help you track when to replace the used patch with a new one. If not, it is a good idea to note the time and site of application on a calendar to help track usage.
Please check with your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.