..........the patches do really help but when i move down to the 14mg i get weak do you think its safe to stay on the 21mg a bit longer than 6 weeks.........
I don't think there is any harm other than exposing yourself to more nicotine for a couple extra weeks. I know people who have quit smoking using gum and still are chewing the 4mg tablets after 5 years. Here's my point, if your goal is just to quit smoking then substitute the way you intake the nicotine. At least with the patch or gum you know what's getting in your body. It's not the ideal solution but much healthier than smoking.
If you want to break the additction then at some point in time you have to say good bye to it.You have to accept the fact that you can never
again smoke or use nicotine in any manner. In effect you have to lay your long time pal to rest and begin a new and much better life with out nicotine. I think really accepting this truth is the toughest mental challenge we have to face to be successful.
If you can, please read some of Joel's information on nicotine addiction. There are a number of physical and psychological changes that occure during withdrawl. Having knowledge and understanding of these events makes it much easier to manage. For example nicotine effects the rate your body depletes caffeine so you may need to make adjustments if you use a lot of caffeine. You will also experience a temperary drop in blood sugar with the loss of nicotine. This can offset to a certain degree by drinking a little extra juice for a few days while your body adjusts. This is just a small sample of things I learned from reading articles from his library.
Good luck we know you can do it