My Quit date: 1st February. I had been planning it for a while, bought my NRT, ordered help from NHS website etc.
For the first 4 days i was using NRT patches. This is my second time of trying to quit so i have tried different types of patches before. This time round i tried the new invsi patch. worked well, but again i was reacting badly, raised red puffy itchy square patches where the patches were (day 6 and the one used from day 1 still hasnt gone!), so i was beginning to panic!. gum, lozenges etc make me feel sick so these dont work for me, so i spoke to my local nhs support and a nurse at GP and to cut a long story short i am now on champix. On my second full day of champix, but for me im not doing it the recommended way.
Champix normally reccommends that you smoke for the first 8-12 days, whilst taking the medication, then choose your quit date as the strength of the course increases. Because i had already stopped smoking for 4 days before being prescribed champix, and i didnt want to have to start smoking again, me and my GP agreed that i would take the champix without the recommended smoking before hand.
This is my 2nd full day of champix, and its working, considering it hasnt any nicotine in it, it really is curbing my cravings and for the majority of the day, smoking doesnt even cross my mind.
The only times i seem to be struggling is first thing in the morning and before bed. The stength of my course is due to increase tomorrow so im hoping this will help. Any other ideas / suggestions?