Take-Back programs may accept patches for disposal
Other patches may be folded in half (adherent sides together) and discarded
III. Precautions: Water Exposure
Apply Topical Medications and patches after bath, shower or swimming
Wait at least 15-30 minutes or until medication dries prior to any water exposure
Avoid reapplying medications after water exposure (if already applied prior to water exposure)
Applying medication to moist skin may increase absorption (risk of adverse effects)
Heat may affect topicals as well as patches (see above)
Some patches may allow for water exposure, but the patch adhesive may be reduced
May require medical tape along edges or across the surface to keep secured to skin
Apply patch in regions that are less easily rubbed off
(2017) Presc Lett 24(7)
(2021) Presc Lett 28(8): 46-7
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