Day 4 - Fantastic Success, considering lowering NRT dosage?

I took off the patch last night before bed and slept. Slept well. Got up craving VERY badly though this morning so on went a patch and had a lozenge.

Worked through the day so that helped but I only had the patch on and that one lozenge in the morning and it lasted me all day until I got home at half 6.

Really feeling I'm progressing now and I'm gonna go for a short jog tomorrow, maybe even not use lozenges if possible whilst not working. If I can succeed in this, I'm going to request to go to step 2 on the patches and keep the lozenges as they are for now.

Do you think this is a good idea? Obviously I will discuss it with the Quit Smoking Advisor but I want to progress and my willpower is at an all time high so I think the time is right to lower my NRT dosage.

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  • Its where you feel mentally. If it feels right for you to drop the dose then go for it! I was one that used them as a springboard then struggled with them after two weeks. If you want to come off them consider cutting the ones you have down a bit at a time and wean yourself slowly. Up to you though. As i said. Its your call! Whats the worse that can happen!!

  • If you feel that you can go CT and are stong enough then go for it! and remember that is what you will be doing as you have still been getting you fix whilst using the patch !! remember it takes three days for teh nicotine to get out of your system so there is a good chance you could get some cravings!

    PErsonally I would stick with the NRT a little longer if it were me!!! but thats just my views.

  • I'm not looking to go CT yet, just thinking I should go to Step 2 patches which are 14mg instead of 21mg, sooner than indicated I should.

    The 21mg's are keeping me going fine with no lozenges needed apart from that early morning "kick."

  • Personally I would stay with the stronger patches a little longer! I am just over the month myself and have to say it seems harder now then my first week which was!!! 'a walk in the park'

    All the best!

  • Hi Adrian :)

    4 day is great but please don't drop the NRT to early it's very early days for you yet

    Below is my standard welcome and advice post which I try and give all new members

    Welcome to the forum and well done on the decision to quit possibly one of the most important you will ever make and you will be losing nothing but you will regain control of your life and that has to be good

    You will find all the help and support you need on here as we all help each other just like a family we are here for you every step of the way cheering the good days and sympathising with the bad but the good far outweigh the bad

    Read the posts on here you will find a lot of tips and advice and in the signatures of a lot you will find links to other sites just click on them Here are 2 I find very good to start you off whyquit.com and woofmang.com Read, read and then read some more as the more you read and learn about why you smoked and about your addiction the easier your quit will be

    This link is good for the psychological part of quitting whyquit.com/whyquit/A_Sympt...

    Post often to let us know how you're doing, to rant, rave have a moan whatever you like pretty much anything goes on here OK

    Love

    Marg

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