Patches good or bad??

Hi all,

Well done everyone on here!!

I have quit six wks today, using patches 25mg and last 2 wks down to 15 mg.

When I read everyone's comments on here who are at the same stage as me you all seem very upbeat lol. I'm finding it more and more of a struggle as the weeks go on!

I'm frightened I'm gonna give in and have one soon. One thing I noticed was a lot of people are doing it cold turkey and feeling brilliant at the 6 wks stage! Maybe the patches make it harder. Maybe I should stop wearing them??

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  • Hi Louise,

    I used the patches the first week and then went cold turkey, for me it was best. I felt the need to get through the dexot of nicotine in my system (get through the 72hrs). I would say, go for it if you feel you can. However, everyone's quit is different and which ever way you choose... the goal is to not smoke.

    I did notice once the nicotine was out of my system, I noticed an immediate difference in my skin, I had mild scoriasis and am watching it dissapear more and more each day, that is one of my big benefits to cold turkey.

    Good Luck :D and good job!

  • Hi ya, Thanks for ur reply...I think I will give it a go with nothing tomorrow. Think the nicotine needs to come out of my system, think withdrawal symptoms are lingering using patches. Maybe in a few weeks I will feel as positive as everyone else who has gone cold turkey!

    Well done!! :-) u must have a lot of will power!!

  • Patch Q

    Well here is my 2 cents on the patches...

    I did the 21 mg..highest level patch for 11 days. I went back

    and forth on each arm. Towards the end there, I would JUMP

    in my sleep...thus I would take the patch off..fearing it was

    the culprit to my jumping...I just stopped using them. I said

    well let's see what happens if I don't add a patch...well this

    kept going and going...and I never went back to it...the cravings

    never were so bad that I had to have the patch back on..

    If I had a craving I used a lozenges under the tongue..and

    I was good to go. Now it seems I use nothing..I barely even think

    about it...No one works or lives with me that smokes..so I guess this

    is what is really helping me get thru it all.. I feel great. I am

    on DAY 43. End of month it will be exactly 50 days! I hope this

    has helped a bit for you.

  • Hi Louise i used the patches for the whole 12 week course iv been off them now for a month so i guess im cold turkey and having no probs. i could not have done it without the patches, i still had to use willpower and fight the psychological fight whenever a smoking association popped up which they did often. in my opinion if help is available to recover from a dreadful addiction which smoking is. then take it whats the point in suffering needlessly. i dont go along with the idea that patches prolongs the withdrawals. they actually helped me and others to get used to not smoking when i would have loved to have had one.

    Mash x

  • Never Start

    Nicotine...my ex-best friend. (They) Think Nicotine is equivalent to losing a limb...yes, one you didn't want, ...don't do NRT's..............they buy their nicotine from the same people as the tobacco companies and have to make a profit for their shareholders...do you think they want you give up?

    Don't feed the beast

  • day 12

    I am now on day 12, I am using the patch and I'm not sure if it's helping or not. If it is, I would hate to see what my mornings would be like without it.

    I am having a really tough time until about 2 in the afternoon. I feel so much frustration I could burst. Should I try no patch, could this be making me feel the way I am or is it all in my head? I can't stand feeling so negative, I am normally a very positive person and nothing bothers me, but right now EVERYTHING is bothering me, any suggestions to help me get past this would be much appreciated.

  • Jubilee is clean

    I hope you are still there :) however we get there, that's the important thing, our journey's and our support groups, all here. Well done again

  • Ambridge...you would of smoked by now

    If you haven't, well done.

  • arrrggggh we are such sheep

    72 hours, ..you are NICOTINE clean......Why introduce it back with NRT's??? There is NICOTINE...patches, gum, lozenge, inhaler.............Don't feed the beast

  • Ambridge...the only way to find out if the patch is having a negative effect on you is to take it off and see how you feel without one on. If you feel better, then it was the patch making you feel like crap, if you feel the same, then why bother with the patch...if you feel worse and the temptation to smoke gets worse then stick the patch back on. Quitting isn't easy but get that stubborn head on and don't let it beat you.

    Personally I tried quitting using the patches many times than I can count or remember....I'd get to week 3 and then smoke. I believe the patches did nothing for me but prolong my withdrawal symptoms until eventually I gave in and smoked. This is just my opinion and experience, everyone is different. Patches help some people that is a fact as there are many on here who they've helped. It just didn't work for me. We have all been there....and it can be done. I've felt sad, miserable, angry, confused, manic, happy and lots of other emotions. My quit has been easy, hard and crazy....but one constant has remained. I am not going to smoke/I am a non-smoker. Keep that as your foremost thought and get through it, day by day and we'll get there.

    Good luck

    Lisa xxx

  • The Tabacco Industry has the money to sway the Presidency

    Why is a drug that governments tax? legal?...when it is so deadly? There were 1897 deaths in the U.K from illegal drugs in 2009. But over 100,000 died of cigarette smoking diseases.Which war is more worth fighting?

    Don't feed the beast

    If I die before i wake i hope my nicotine to take...

    You now have an opponent...**** NRT's

  • Everyone has there own method of quitting and everyone is entitled to their opinion, however Deanoo I think your statistics are out and you have made your point.

  • Tex Perkins

    on the off chance you may read this..better get a doctor son, better get a real good one....

    Sorry...

    Don't feed the beast

  • Thanks Dottie

    Moderators for the tobacco whores suck

  • Lovely use of language there - sure one is not having a craving?

  • I hope you get paid enough to justify killing prople with your producy

    i couldn't be paid enough

  • People die from your product and you swing it around to swearing???????????

    Good come back

  • am getting a dog soon with the money iv saved .i think i,ll call it patch !

    m

  • am getting a dog soon with the money iv saved .i think i,ll call it patch !

    m

    I'll call mine lozenge :D:D

  • Hi all,

    Well done everyone on here!!

    I have quit six wks today, using patches 25mg and last 2 wks down to 15 mg.

    When I read everyone's comments on here who are at the same stage as me you all seem very upbeat lol. I'm finding it more and more of a struggle as the weeks go on!

    I'm frightened I'm gonna give in and have one soon. One thing I noticed was a lot of people are doing it cold turkey and feeling brilliant at the 6 wks stage! Maybe the patches make it harder. Maybe I should stop wearing them??

    Hi Louise . . sorry if I'm just repeating what others have written ( I haven't had time to read the complete thread) but for me, this time it had to be cold turkey . . the patches just kept me locked into the addiction last time . .I've quit 4 times in my life . . first time cold turkey . . no cravings after 3rd day . . 3rd week a struggle and then done with . . 2nd time the same . . and when I started smoking again it wasn't down to a craving it was down to total stupidity and alcohol. . . 3rd time I used patches and struggled the whole time! Constant mood swings .. bad dreams . . discomfort from the patches . . and a constant reminder my body still had nicotine in it. . so this time it's been cold turkey and the same 3rd day blues and restlessness and mood swings but here I am on the threshold of the 3rd week and forgetting what cravings were! . . no matter what though, you have not been smoking for 6 weeks and that's brilliant! So well done you xx

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