Do patches really make that much difference????

Hi all,

Currently on my 4th day of being smoke free and I am wearing a patch each day, I quit smoking for 6.5 years along time ago after 7 years on them but then family problems led to me lighting up again, the first time I quit I went CT and thought it was a breeze, this time as I say I have got a patch on and just wondered if anyone knew if it really made a difference or is it all in the mind????? :confused:

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  • Hi all,

    Currently on my 4th day of being smoke free and I am wearing a patch each day, I quit smoking for 6.5 years along time ago after 7 years on them but then family problems led to me lighting up again, the first time I quit I went CT and thought it was a breeze, this time as I say I have got a patch on and just wondered if anyone knew if it really made a difference or is it all in the mind????? :confused:

    Afternoon Jiggles

    You need to find your own way, being on Day 4 - it's would seem you have.

    My story is the opposite of yours, I, in the past, used NRT and always failed in under 2 weeks, this time I started with about 20 pieces of 2mg chewing gum and then went CT.

    Which method to use can be contentious.

    All I can say is respect your quit and nuture it, don't take it for granted and don't test it's strength too soon.

    Keep going and keep quit, whatever method suits you.

    M

  • Thanks guy's,

    Feeling quite good and strong so far, had a feeling like a hangover for 48 hrs but I am just riding it out.

    I will stick to the patches I just wondered whether I could drop the strentgh at the end of the first week or keep to 4 weeks like they state before dropping down.

  • Give yourself a few days, the hangover feeling is caused by all the other stuff leaving your body, combined with the continuous release of the patch unlike the *hit* of a fag.

    Again don't test your quit too soon by dropping the patches for any reason other than you feel ready and strong. Some people start cutting bits of theirs, I'm sure someone will be along soon who's a top patch quitter.

    M

  • My experience of patches suggests that you should keep with the patches a while longer...don't stop too soon or it could be fatal...having said that, I believe others on here may have dropped dosage quicker and been fine.

    I think it is a matter of personal preference...I was dreadful when I cut it out too soon - felt like a zombie!!

    I am completely off patches now, after going the full 12 weeks and feel absolutely fine (apart from tiredness still).

    Best of luck

    Nicki

  • I think they do , giving you a baseline of nicotine so you don't crave so much. You can use the inhalator as well if youneeed to which gives a little booster

  • Sorry I disagree. I used the patches and they help me enormously...it meant I still got a "hit" of nicotine whilst trying to cope with the withdrawal of cigarettes completely - it meant for me that it was not such a huge shock to my system to suddenly have no nicotine.

    Everyone is different in how they quit and what suits some people may not suit others - lets be fair to everyone however they decide to quit

  • It seems it's down to the individual

    Hi Guys,

    Thanks for all of the messages, just thought I would give you all a quick update, which really wont help this discussion but it is what I have just experienced. I am now on day 8 of my quit:D

    Dropped the patches Yesterday(day 7) and didnt really notice the difference, one thing I noticed is that the craving was a bit stronger but didnt last as long???????:confused:

    Also my headache has gone now and I am starting to feel less lethargic than at the weekend while on patches. This may just be me and my mindframe but in my honest opinion I dont think I could have gone through week one without them, even if it was for physchological reasons and I am sure I dont need them for as long as the manufactureers reccomend.

    Hope this helps guys.

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