Nicotine Patch - Day 1

Hi,

I have just stopped smoking today using nicotine patches prescribed by my doctor. Im not overly concerned but I have put the patch on my shoulder as it seems to fall off anywhere else and occasionally i am getting a pain around where the patch is - the pain is moderate but i can cope with it, just wondered if it was normal or not?

Thanks

Stuart

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  • Hi Stuart

    Well done on making the decision the stop - the best decision ever!

    I had the same problem with patches when I quit. In the end I used 2 extra strips of surgical tape to stick the patches on - then it worked fine

    Your skin will get a little sore & irritated. You need to keep sticking the patch on a different place, leaving a few days for you skin to recover before applying a patch to the same place again

    Andy

  • Hi, Welcome

    Is it an actual pain or more of a slight soreness with an itch?

    If your uncomfortable with it then see your Dr or Quit Nurse and have the brand changed if you can.

    I had some minor redness for a couple of days but nothing more and thinking back, it did seem to make a small difference with the placing of the patch.

    Upper arms worked best for me.

    The strength of the patch may have some effect too and particularly with sleep and dreams.

    I hope the patches settle for you and help in the fist days / weeks to assist you in your quit.

    Be sure to read all the links in folks signatures....... also read ahead and get an idea of what is in store. Quits within different folk have similarities but can be very different too. It's quite a journey but well worth the twists and turns.

    Let us know how you doing :)

    Pol

  • Hi Stuart

    Well done on making the decision the stop - the best decision ever!

    I had the same problem with patches when I quit. In the end I used 2 extra strips of surgical tape to stick the patches on - then it worked fine

    Your skin will get a little sore & irritated. You need to keep sticking the patch on a different place, leaving a few days for you skin to recover before applying a patch to the same place again

    Andy

    Thanks for your reply, this is my third attempt at stopping and I'm really determined this time! the patch isn't really itching or anything its like a pain in a muscle/bone underneath where the patch is? It's only early days so i assume it may just be my body reacting to the patch but just wondered.

    I will keep moving the patch daily and see about getting some tape to keep it stuck on! thanks for your advice :D

  • Welcome and well done, Stuey :)

    Can't add anything much to what both Andy and Pol have both suggested although I would underline the advice Pol mentioned regarding looking at links in members' signatures for more information. Learning more about the quit you are going through will help enormously to the desired success of becoming an ex-smoker.

    Hope you enjoy the forum,

    Cav

  • Congrats on your Day 1, Stuey. First step in the right direction, keep it up!!

  • Stay Focused!

    Do everything to keep your mind off it. And if you do think about, think about the health issues u will face if you go back to smoking. You'll look old, you'll stink, lips all pinched with lines from every direction - north, south, east & west - your skin will turn gray to the point where u look transparent. Last but not least...the diseases that come with it. My friend, focus on life! Cigs are not worth it.

    Breathe my friend! BREATHE! U can do this! I promise!

    I'm on DAY 17..I still get my cravings...they pass!! Turn on some relaxation music, burn incense, meditate and take deep breaths!

    You Will Quit,

    --mark

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    I used the patch about 6months ago......it does indeed give some people "vivid" dreams......not nightmares but disturbing.visions..........I had to stop wearing it at night......but I did quit smoking after 25yrs!!!!!!!!

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