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Old 05-29-2010, 07:21 AM   #1
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Nicotine withdrawal while still using the patch?

Hello, everyone. I smoked for eleven years and I am on my third day of quitting using the 14mg patch. I have been having an extremely difficult time. I am depressed, crying, anxious, and incredibly moody. I am also craving cigarettes like it's nobody's business. I realize that much of this is psychological withdrawal, but is it possible that I am going through some type of nicotine withdrawal also? I am using the generic CVS brand patch and it doesn't seem to stick very well around the edges...

I was also wondering if anyone can tell me how bad/long the withdrawal will be once I finally step down and come off of the 7mg patch... When can I expect any of this to get better?!?!

Thanks for your help!

 
Old 06-02-2010, 01:05 PM   #2
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Re: Nicotine withdrawal while still using the patch?

Hi,

Good going! Yes, you will get some withdrawal symptoms on the patch. I smoked for 38 years and used the 21 mg at first. I also used hypnosis along with it. (I had tried several times before without the hypnosis)I still had to change some habits. I used to have a cup of coffee first thing in the morning and 2 cigarettes, one right after the other. I changed to tea and computer games along with hard candy. I would still get urges but not as bad. I stayed on the 21mg for as long as I needed and then stepped down on my own schedule. I didn't have any withdrawal when switching to a lower patch. A weird thing did happen. Nine months after stopping smoking and 4 months patch free, I got the worst urge to have a cigarette. Like I had never quit. I had some 7mg patches at home. I put one on and wore them for 2 months. I went off of them a couple of months later. All told, I have been cigarette free for 3 years and 10 months and nicotine free for 2 years and 10 months. The first year is the hardest. After that it is pretty easy.

It can be done. Do what works for you and keep it up. Godbless

Last edited by marian100; 06-02-2010 at 01:08 PM. Reason: spelling

 
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