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Giving up

I have been thinking about giving up for the last week or so but didi not really want to. Now I have to because of the financial situation I am in. Also the amazing health benefits I will receive and will not cause any further harm to my children.

I am going to book a doctors appointment on monday to get prescription for nicotine replacement whhatever???

I have stopped drinking so I can stop smoking just have not given it a chance I want every thing sorted right now!!! I must stop being impatiant and learn ways to relax and enjoy life agin without alcohol or cigerettes.

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Hi there haribojess.

You can do this with everyone's help on here. You have to want to do this for yourself and then I'm sure you'll succeed. You will be even more sure of success if you come and blog and chat on here every day about all your successes and low points too, cos you will have plenty of them! :o I found that if you remove all temptation it makes giving in to it so much harder.

I wish you much luck as you embark on this journey.

Andi :)

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Hi and

Thanks for your words of encouragement. I have not had a cigarette since last Wednesday but am still using electronic cigarette, using it to much. It's a nightmare trying to get to see doctor to get help with stopping. I am limited with funds so would like to get nicotine replacement on prescription if possible ?

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Aup haribojess, blimey thats a bit of a mouth full :D as Andi says theres loads of help on here, erm just found you a bit of reading, its one of Emjays blogs about different nrts :)

Emjay and Jarvo are our quit support advisers :)

Which NRT or other therapies do I have a choice of using?

Asked by EmJay ROY CASTLE 11 Jun 20122 answersReport

There are many different products on the market available to help smokers to quit. Many of which you can purchase yourself from your local pharmacy, supermarket or even over the internet.

However, to enable any of your local Stop Smoking Services to prescribe them to you they have to be approved and regulated by the Medical & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.

Please find below a list of products available and details of the recommended dosage;

If you have any questions regarding any of these products please ask

Nicotine Replacement Therapy;

PATCHES

Treatment period:

Preferable 8 - 16 weeks (at least 4)

Dosage:

25mg, 21mg or 15mg for heavy smokers (20+ cigarettes daily)

14mg or 10mg for lighter smokers (Upto 20 cigarettes)

24 hour or 16 hour patch

Positives:

Very easy to use. Just stick it on at the same time each day (if 24 hours) or take it off just before you go to bed (if 16 hours)

24 hour patches can help with early morning cravings

Clear patch available

Negatives:

24 hour patch may cause sleep disturbance.

May cause skin reaction - worth perservering with though as normally dies down.

GUM

Treatment period:

At least 4 weeks and then whenever you feel the need

Dosage:

4mg for heavy smokers (20+ cigarettes daily)

2mg for light smokers (Upto 20 cigarettes)

10 - 15 pieces a day

Positives:

Easy to regulate dose

Can stop you over eating

Negatives:

Tricky with dentures

Need to use correctly. 'Chew and park' method Chew as and when you need it, not to be chewed as you would a normal chewing gum

NASAL SPRAY

Treatment period:

Up to 8 weeks then reduce gradually over 4 weeks

Dosage:

Once or twice an hour as required (1 spray up each nostril or 2 sprays up each nostril)

Do not use more than 64 sprays in 24 hours

Positives:

Gives fast relief to heavy smokers

Easy to adjust dosage

Negatives:

May cause nasal irritation at first

Dependence more likely

Caution when operation machinery

INHALATOR

Treatment period:

Up to 8 weeks then reduce gradually over 4 weeks

Dosage:

15mg 3-6 cartridges daily (comes in boxes of 4, 20 and 36)

Positives:

Helps keep hands busy

Easy to regulate dosage

Could help prevent over eating

Negatives:

Not so good for heavy smokers

May attract attention in public

MICROTAB

Treatment period:

At least 12 weeks then reduce gradually

Dosage:

16-24 daily for heavy smokers (20+ cigarettes daily)

8-12 daily for lighter smokers (up to 20 cigarettes daily)

Positives:

Can be used discreetly

Easy to adjust dosage

Very few side affects

Negatives:

Need to be used correctly - wasted if swallowed

LOZENGE:

Treatment period:

At least 12 weeks then reduce gradually

Dosage:

4mg for heavy smokers (20+ cigarettes daily)

1 or 2mg for lighter smokers (up to 20 cigarettes daily)

Average 8-12 lozenges daily

Maximum of 15-25 daily

Positives:

Discreet and easy to use

Sugar free

Can help reduce weight gain

Negatives:

May cause initial throat irritation

May cause indigestion

MINI LOZENGES

Treatment period:

At least 12 weeks then reduce gradually

Dosage:

4mg for heavy smokers (20+ cigarettes daily)

1.5mg for light smokers (up to 20 cigarettes daily)

Positives:

Discreet and easy to use

Sugar free

Can help reduce weight gain

Negatives:

May cause initial throat irritation

May cause indigestion

May cause hiccups

MOUTH SPRAY

Treatment period:

At least 12 weeks then reduce gradually

Dosage:

1mg - 1-2 sprays each hour

Positives:

Fast acting

Negatives:

May cause indigestion

May cause hiccups

Non-nicotine based products:

CHAMPIX

Treatment period:

12 weeks

Dosage:

Days 1-3

Take one 0.5mg white tablet ONCE daily

Days 4-7

Take one 0.5mg white tablet TWICE daily

Day 8 to end of 12 weeks treatment

Take one 1mg light blue tablet TWICE daily

Positives:

Non-nicotine drug

Discreet

Negatives:

Nausea

May cause headaches

Abnormal dreams

ZYBAN

Treatment period:

12 weeks

Dosage:

Days 1-6

Take one 150mg tablet ONCE daily

Days 7 to end of treatment

Take one 150mg tablet TWICE daily

Positives:

Non-nicotine drug

Discreet

Negatives:

Insomnia

Nausea

Headaches

Anxiety

Good luck Pete :) :)

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Hi Haribojess, welcome to quit support. like andi and Pete have said this is the place to come to for support help and advice. I am Jillygirl 63yrs old smoked since I was 17 I have been smokefree for nearly 6 months now. Couldnt have done it without this site. Please join in the daily chat and look through the posts. Emjay and Claire the advisors will contact you and offer help. :) Good luck for monday I wont be here next week but sure the others will be. :)

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Hi Haribojess,

welcome to our happy place :-)

You'll be able to chat to others who have been, or are going through the same as yourself.

So that you are ready for your appointment, have a read through the following blog and see if you can gain an understanding about which part of smoking satisfies your craving;

quitsupport.healthunlocked....

It would be a lot easier on yourself if you stopped smoking because you want to rather than because you have to. We would like to help you to stop smoking and be free from smoking forever, rather than have you stop and then find that even though you may never smoke again you find that you are still 'missing ' them.

It may also be worth you start practising some of our breathing exercises so that once you have stopped, you'll know how to do them properly to help with cravings.

You have come to the right place, you just have to remember to stay positive right the way through your quit attempt :-)

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Hi Guys

Thanks for your words of support and advice.

I actually had my last cigerette saturday morning and found myself searching the houser for electronic cigerettes my hausbend had brought me a few months earlier but I did not really give a proper go of???

Any way after much searching found electronic cigerette and have been puffing away on it since only had one proper cigerette in this time.

So still getting nicotine and smoking sensation without the harmful chemicals.

Am I mad do I still need to see my doctor for other replacement therapies?

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Hi haribojess,

that's great news :-) and only smoking one 'proper' cigarette in that time! Just imagine how many you would have smoked usually by now. Brilliant :-)

There have been quite a number of our members who have successfully quit whilst using the e-cigarette, however due to lack of research and clear guidance, we are not able to recommend the use of them.

With regards to using any other form of NRT and if you feel that you would like to, then speaking to your doctor or your local stop smoking service can only increase your chances of quitting. It could save you some money too, instead of having to pay out full price for whatever you decide you would like to use.

Also, by receiving as much help and support as possible means you are 4 times more likely to still be quit at 4 weeks.

See how you feel and just remember to stay positive as this is the key to your success.

Keep up the good efforts :-)

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