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Advantages of the nicotine patch include the following:
Steady-state nicotine levels are achieved throughout the day.
The patch is easy to use and conceal.
Fewer compliance issues are associated with the patch.

Disadvantages of the patch include the following:
Patients cannot titrate the dose.
Allergic reactions to the adhesive may occur.
The 16-hour patch may result in morning cravings for nicotine.
Patients with underlying dermatologic conditions (e.g., psoriasis, eczema, atopic dermatitis) should not use the patch because they are more likely to experience skin irritation.

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