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#1 giveintowin

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Posted 16 May 2017 - 11:15 PM

I have a question for you guys. Today I'm 5 weeks quit with patches and I didn't put my patch on straight away this morning and had a massive craving and I don't usually get them. My quit counsellor said it will be easy to come off the patch and now I'm a little worried it isn't. How did people go with coming off patches?


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Posted 16 May 2017 - 11:26 PM

I am going to move this to the main board where more will see it. I don't know anything about patches.


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Posted 16 May 2017 - 11:31 PM

Hmm. I'm not sure. Mine came off in my sleep last night and I felt nothing unfortunate. I guess it might depend on what mg you are currently using.

I can't say for sure though.

 

I'm still on mine and will continue or my doctor will kick my arse. I hope someone is more helpful than me on this one. Stay on it until you know for sure.

If one comes off, replace it asap.


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Posted 16 May 2017 - 11:36 PM

My experience with patches was the following. I started with the 21 mg patch, then I went to the 14 mg half way through the 14's I would forget to put them on and then I would put it on and then I would forget again. I never made it to the 7 mg as I didn't need them. Play it by ear, do what you have to do to hold your quit you will know when it is time to stop the patches. Keep up the good work you are doing fantastic. :)
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Posted 16 May 2017 - 11:36 PM

I don't really know much about patches (other than that they hadn't worked for me in the past), but regardless of when you come off the patch, you're going to have to go through nicotine withdrawal, so you're going to need to be ready for that.


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Posted 17 May 2017 - 12:07 AM

I haven't used patches, so I'm not sure. I used a nocotine inhalator. The last cartridge was changed 10 days ago, so it's finished back then. I keep it it as an air cigarette and that helped. Rarely use it now. Keep up the good work!
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Posted 17 May 2017 - 12:13 AM

I have a question for you guys. Today I'm 5 weeks quit with patches and I didn't put my patch on straight away this morning and had a massive craving and I don't usually get them. My quit counsellor said it will be easy to come off the patch and now I'm a little worried it isn't. How did people go with coming off patches?

You are still putting nicotine in your body, so isn't it understandable that you would have a craving when you cut off the supply?  I assume you have another level of step down on the patches?  The important thing is to not smoke!!


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Posted 17 May 2017 - 03:13 AM

There are 3 levels with the patch. They worked for me. As you lower your levels it becomes easier to go through the withdrawals. You have pretty much come to an understanding as to not doing the hand and mouth thing along with getting rid of the nicotine by gradually going down in the levels Like I said I never made it to level 7 mg as I was forgetting to put them on when I got half way through the level 14's. I just wish that I would have stayed with that quit. My failure wasn't because of the patch, I had gone a long time without smoking that like an idiot I decided I could just smoke one, which never happened they multiplied and wella back to smoking I went.

I am hoping with the support of this board and all that are here pulling for us that this will be my final quit. I am hoping I can stay with Chantix as it is helping.
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Posted 17 May 2017 - 03:59 AM

Food for thought for you, as I'm not seeing my experience reflected in the responses you've gotten so far.  II erred on the side of caution.  I used the patch and supplemented with the gum and I tapered off both very gradually. A little over 4 months in all.  I don't regret the approach I used.  Its been over 


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Posted 17 May 2017 - 04:02 AM

TSK  that posted before I was done!  All I wanted to add is that ...

 

It has been more than 15 years since I quit smoking. It doesn't really matter how I used NRT or how much or how long I used it !

 

Do whatever you need to do to care for and nurture your quit and set yourself up for success.  

 

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 11:57 AM

As mentioned above the single most important thing is to keep quit.  Smoking is not an option.  


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Posted 17 May 2017 - 12:31 PM

I used the patches. After wearing the 7 mg, for two weeks, I was able to stop completely. Withdrawal wasnt bad. I was stronger than the urge to smoke. If I had to rate the toughness of coming off of the patch and flying solo, on a scale of 1- 10, it was a 4. Good luck.


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Posted 17 May 2017 - 03:22 PM

I have a question for you guys. Today I'm 5 weeks quit with patches and I didn't put my patch on straight away this morning and had a massive craving and I don't usually get them. My quit counsellor said it will be easy to come off the patch and now I'm a little worried it isn't. How did people go with coming off patches?

GITW,  are you taking off the patches before putting another? Watch it, you will ran out of skin if you don't. 

 

You haven't smoke in 5 weeks,   a crave is a crave and NOT A COMMAND to smoke. You'll be fine!  


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#14 giveintowin

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 04:31 AM

GITW, are you taking off the patches before putting another? Watch it, you will ran out of skin if you don't.

You haven't smoke in 5 weeks, a crave is a crave and NOT A COMMAND to smoke. You'll be fine!

Ha ha Frank.
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