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Old 07-31-2007, 07:30 AM   #1
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Nicotine withdrawal and depression

Tomorrow will be one year smoke free for me. Unfortunately it will not be one year nicotine free. In Jan I went off the patch and on celexa, an antidepressant. I was on celexa for 8 weeks and did not feel any depression from going off the patch. I was off the patch for 4 months with no withdrawal symptoms and then anxiety and severe cravings hit. So instead of smoking, like i did last year, I went back on the patch for a couple of months. I have been off the patch for 3 weeks and my mood is all over the place. I am tending towards depression. Has anyone else dealt with this and how long did it last? I am about to go back on the patch. Godbless

 
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Old 07-31-2007, 07:49 PM   #2
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Re: Nicotine withdrawal and depression

Congratulations Marian! A year is awesome! So what if you are on the patch for a bit, my doctor told me it's so much better than smoking!

I quit a little over a year ago and used the patch for 3 or 4 months. I asked my doc for Wellbutrin and I swear that gave me anxiety and depression. I'm still flighting fatigue and depression, but at least I'm smokefree!

Congrats again, keep up the great work!

 
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Old 08-01-2007, 09:27 AM   #3
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Re: Nicotine withdrawal and depression

You're not alone. I've been very depressed with not smoking. I've heard that it can take a year for the "happy" chemicals in your brain to straighten out. Ugh! I've tried a couple of anti-depressants, but have bad side-effects, so am only taking neurontin now to help anxiety, and lorazepam. When does the craving ever go away? This is soooooooooooooo hard!

 
Old 08-01-2007, 07:51 PM   #4
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Re: Nicotine withdrawal and depression

I'm sorry you are having a hard time with cravings. Mine are not bad at all. Mainly it is the depression. I can't take antidepressants either. I am on buspar for anxiety with xanax if needed. I hope it lets up soon. Godbless

 
Old 08-02-2007, 07:41 AM   #5
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Re: Nicotine withdrawal and depression

Today is my quit day for the second and last time, the first time I quit for 3 months than depression, anxiety, mood changes it was horrible, went back to smoking, in the meantime I was diagnosed with Anxiety/panic disorder so I am on anti depression meds as well as xanax so now that I have quit for the last time hopefully by taking these meds will help with some of the withdraw symptoms. As far as the craving It will become a passing thought it did for me the first time I quit. You can do it, all of us can do it.

 
Old 08-02-2007, 08:17 AM   #6
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Re: Nicotine withdrawal and depression

When I started smoking again after being quit for 9 weeks, my mood was much better. If it wasn't for my sore throat etc., I would still be smoking. So, for now the patches and gum will have to do! Forever, I hope! What a terrible addiction nicotine is - - very hard to get rid of. Let's try to stay positive. Millions of smokers have quit and so can we!

 
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