Giving up patches. Effects?

Hi all, I was wondering if anyone could help me?

I've been stopped now for 6 weeks using patches.

The first 4 weeks i used Niquitin clear but they keep falling off and being annoying. So then i went onto Nicorette big brown flying saucer ones which stayed put but really irritated my skin.

I haven't been using them 24 hours. For the last few weeks i have been removing them about 9pm and applying them at about 10am as i found i am getting grumpy for no reason about this time. :mad:

I want to come off of patches completely, but would rather scratch my eyes out than start smoking again.

I was wondering, on a general basis, how long the new round of suffering will last for? ;)

I mean, if i was starting afresh and going cold turkey, how long before most of the nicotine is out of my body and i feel human again?

Are we talking maybe a day or two or a couple of weeks?

I don't really want to do the whole cutting down thing as my poor skin looks like i've been sleeping in wire wool for days :eek: and i just want rid of the patches but if it's going to be too rough i'll put up with patches for a while longer.

Hope this post makes sense. :o

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  • Hi Karen

    I only used patches for a week and combined them with gum. When I stopped the patches I had no reaction whatsoever, but then I was still using the gum.

    I stayed on gum for about 6 weeks I think. When I stopped tha. Had 2 days of not exactly craves, but more a restlessness. It want pleasant but it reall wa only 2 days.

    Good luck!

  • Stayed on patches for one week only and then relied on inhalator now and again for a few weeks, no problems whatsoever, just stay calm and positive :D

  • i stayed on patches for about 6 weeks then had the inhalator when i came off the patches but barely used it just had it there as a back up plan i think i have only used about 3 cartridges total in the whole 136 days of my quit

  • Nicotine leaves the body within 3 days. The "aftershock" (nictotine withdrawal) lasts up to about two weeks. The psychological effects vary from person to person.

    Alex.

  • Hi all, I was wondering if anyone could help me?

    I've been stopped now for 6 weeks using patches.

    The first 4 weeks i used Niquitin clear but they keep falling off and being annoying. So then i went onto Nicorette big brown flying saucer ones which stayed put but really irritated my skin.

    I haven't been using them 24 hours. For the last few weeks i have been removing them about 9pm and applying them at about 10am as i found i am getting grumpy for no reason about this time. :mad:

    I want to come off of patches completely, but would rather scratch my eyes out than start smoking again.

    I was wondering, on a general basis, how long the new round of suffering will last for? ;)

    I mean, if i was starting afresh and going cold turkey, how long before most of the nicotine is out of my body and i feel human again?

    Are we talking maybe a day or two or a couple of weeks?

    I don't really want to do the whole cutting down thing as my poor skin looks like i've been sleeping in wire wool for days :eek: and i just want rid of the patches but if it's going to be too rough i'll put up with patches for a while longer.

    Hope this post makes sense.

    Hi Karen,

    I so can understand what your saying.

    The patches ammount of nicotine is quite low compared to smoking cigarettes. So the nicotine out of your system thing will not have the same side effect as stopping smoking cold turkey. Don't forget youve rid yourself of all the other poisons that come with smoking & also creating a new routine (mentally) without smoking. You should be very proud, so well done.

    Maybe try going to the lowest strength as soon as you feel comfortable maybe for a week & then completely leave it. The side effects will only be around if you look for them :)

    Good luck

  • Well, it has now been five days since i came off the patches.

    The first day i was completely fine and i thought i'd got away scot free but after that...jesus!

    I've been a monster. :mad:

    I have been really badly grumpy. I knew i was being totally unreasonable but i just couldn't help it.

    My children were breathing too loudly at one point? I mean...what?!?

    I flew into a rage because my partner asked me where the tape measure was.

    And when he daren't to ask if i had remembered to apply my patch? God was looking upon him at that time!

    I cried because the parking ticket machine didn't take £2 coins and beat the duvet up because i couldn't get it in the cover.

    I can joke about it now, but i was a horrible horrible, totally irrational, person.

    BUT the good news is i think (hope) that is all over with and i can continual being a human being. :D

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