Tomorrow is my quit day YAY! Just wondering if anyone is currently using the patch? If so, how well did it help?
I have tried to quit cold turkey a million times before and I always seem to fail. I have been smoking since I was 14 and I am 39 now.
I have already reduced my coffee drinking down to no more then 2 cups per day (started that a month ago was drinking as much as 10 cups per day!) and increased my water intake. Any other suggests would be appreciated.
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Hi. Good luck in trying to quit. I used the gum & found that to help me. Stopped for 2 years, after the 3month programme. My brother used the patch,about 10 yrs ago & is still not smoking. Found that when the craving became intense, i would take deep breathes, which helped for those 5min of craving.
Dont knock yourself if you fail again. A time will come that you will be able to handle the stress involved in quitting.
Good luck & God bless
I used the patch a couple years ago and it was working very well for the first 6 weeks. Then I had a set back at work, a highly stressful shift, and had a smoke break with a co-worker. I quickly quit the patch and went back to smoking. I didn't do a very good job of forgiving myself for the slip.
Although, I do think I pushed into the 3rd step too soon. The system I used had step 1 for 4 weeks, step 2 for 2 weeks and step 3 for 2 weeks. I think I needed the 2nd step patch for 4 weeks also. Let your cravings guide when you drop a level.
I tried the patch but found it to easy to peel it off and have a smoke and slap it back on.I quess I lacked the will power.
Now on chantix and been smoke free for 6 days and once I ingest that pill there's no removing it.I have had many friends that have had great success with the patches and gum.
I have found after several attempts,it comes down to actual determination and the want to quit.
I wanted this for me and no one else, and not because some one says I needed to.Mainly my DRs.
I set my quit date the day my daughter left for the Navy,I felt that she was fighting for our country so I had the priveledges of selecting my own Drs that it was time for me to be strong enough to fight for my health and to make a difference in it , as she is for our country.(The kid turned downed West Point for her Naval Dream).When I see her in 9 weeks I can't wait to surprise her.And ya ain't gonna get a more stressful situation than watching a 17 year old leave home.I have coped well and to be honest I have had no cravings as I'm focused on how she's doing(Got a letter today,breif but great).
If you have the will and the want you can do it and succeed.Try to keep focused and after 3 days the nicotine is out of you system,the rest is cravings and a bad habbit.
I have faith in ya.If I can last 6 days anyone can!!!!!
Goodluck you can do it and I agree with removing the patch at night.Just for the simple fact is you'd have nicotine going through your system 24/7.Just remember the first 3 days are the hardest,then the nicotine is out of the system.
Good Luck Lynxgal!! I know you can do it. Remember, we are all here to listen to a vent, cheer your success and give our support when it is needed. You will not be alone, I have been the receipient of all of that and ready to give back.
i started using nicorette patches last sunday (1st july) i tried to give up cold turkey before , and after 3 weeks ended up giving in. i have the 16 hour one, so it comes off before bed. so far, so good! im still a little short tempered at times but not craving a ciggeratte more just a feeling of missing them at certain times. i do feel very sleepy throughout the day though, dont know if this is common with the patches or common in general for someone whose stopped smoking?
best of luck to you.