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.
Wash your hands with soap and water before and after applying a patch.
Wash the area of the skin where you will apply the patch gently with soap and warm water. Rinse completely and dry with a clean dry towel.
Leave the patch in its sealed wrapper until you are ready to put it on. Tear the wrapper open carefully. NEVER CUT the wrapper or the patch with scissors. Do not use any patch that has been cut by accident.
Apply the patch to clean, dry, and intact skin. Avoid putting the patch on areas where it could be rubbed off by tight clothing.
Do not put the patch over burns, cuts, or irritated skin.
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.
Put on a new patch if the old one has fallen off and cannot be reapplied.
Store the patches at room temperature in a closed container, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
Fold the used patch in half with the sticky sides together. Throw any used patch away so that children or pets cannot get to it. You will also need to throw away old patches after the expiration date has passed.
Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have stomach or bowel problems (slow moving).
Check with your doctor right away if you start to have pain or swelling in your stomach area. These may be signs of a serious stomach or intestinal problem.
Serious skin reactions may occur while using the patch. Remove the patch and check with your doctor right away if you have a skin rash, itching, redness, or any skin irritation while you are wearing the patch.