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I've been smoking on and off since I had been a teenager, more on than away.
My older women believed I had given up, but one morning a couple of months ago, it was pouring with rain,, puffing away in the garden, there was my 13 year old staring at me from the window with pure disgust on her face. She decided to give me the silent treatment.
Like a scolded child I went to the neighborhood chemist and bought Nicorette Patches, you get a weeks supply in one packet, and they are rather high-priced around GBP10 a pack but does change from shop to shop. I'd attempted these some years back, as I was just a light smoker I was recommended to start on step 2 which supplies a little more nicotine absorbed into the skin in 24 hours than the last Step (3).
Step 3 is employed for the last month,where time you ought to be well on your way to really being a non smoker, clearly it doesnt work like that.
But with step 3 you've much less nicotine, which means you are being *weaned away*slowly
You apply a patch and be sure that it remains on all night so that you hopefully dont wake along with your typical morning cravings. You use before you feel competent to begin a reduced nicotine amount or each measure to get a month.
The teenager have to say the spots (which appear just a little just like a plaster) appeared to irritate my skin, but you can reapply them to another section of your skin.
I found after 2 or 3 days I got used to them. There are also other side effects like a headache or an upset stomach, but luckily I didn't experience these.
I'm now after being on these patches. You do need bunches of willpower particularly if you're a heavy smoker.
They may be an assistance to help you stop, and you won't succeed. You will need lots of support and encouragement, or if like the teenager, being nagged at and told that your selfish can assist you to cease too!
All in all I have found the patches an extremely effective method to aid me on my way to truly being a smoke free mum..
Last week I though 'bugger it, I have got to give some time up, may as well be now', puffed the other half into Boots, pondered over the products available and decided to the Nicotinell patches. They also do the gum but I'm not a massive fan of gum and I understand I'll find yourself totally hooked on it and shortly I'll be on 40-50 bits of chewing gum a day! Of course Nicotinell was more appealing because Boots were doing a special offer. How do any profit is made by Boots, they seem to be giving things away all the time. About smokers it that they always moan about the cost of the patches, one thing I've always noticed! Moan at GBP 23 although fairly happy to cover at least GBP30 a week for cigarettes. Lunacy! I am aware of, I Have used that one on a couple of occasions. But this time no special reason for quitting, I driven in, purchased the patches and trundled off home with the first lot of Xmas shopping, great thought I did not decided to give up before the anxiety would have been to much! I guess beginning Christmas shopping is not actually a valid reason for falling off the wagon that is smoking. In your small box you get 7 patches, one per day of the week. Removed 16 hours after which looks a bit of a long time and after that they should be put on first thing in he morning. If I put it on at 7am I've to take it off at 11pm and I am already in bed by then. Therefore I only take it away at bedtime. In addition you get a little booklet with a lot of information. The touch that is most important is how you can use them. If you smoke more than 10 a day you begin to 10 milligrams for 2, then 5 mg for 2, then on the 15 milligrams patches for 8 weeks. See, simple, simply do that and you're healed!! Yeah right, as we all know, its a wee little more challenging than that. If you've always been a non-smoker you then lot envision its as easy as never sticking a cigarette in your mouth again. I want! It does have some useful hints and suggestions addressing each one of the problems such as breaking your routine, taking one day at a time, dealing with relapses, etc. You may also join the Fresh Start Entire Quitters Support Programme. You can also join the club on-line at www.nicotinell.com that has advice, confidence building tests, etc. You may also get a quit pal as well. The quantity of support is incredibly helpful, and quite substantial. The only real thing that I have noticed is that my arm gets a bit itchy round the spot as always there are side effects. If you are allergic to nicotine would you be smoking in the very first place, Eh? You need to also speak with your doctor if you have a history of stomach ulcers, heart problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, overactive thyroid gland or taking other medications including paracetamol, caffeine, warfarin, oestrogen, lignocaine and quite several other. So after having a week (I'm on the 2nd week now, was just too lazy to compose a second week) this was my diary.. Tuesday - Away to the hospital for the plaster that is long-term, very, very stresses, but resisted. Wednesday - I succumbed to a few. Oh dear, really nerve-racking day, daughter could not go to school, had to arrange childcare, was 4 1/2 hours late for work, patch wouldn't stay on so Thursday - Oops, forgot to put my patch on, ended up smoking. 10 lights throughout the day that's far better then the 20 I normally do, but a light justification really. Friday - Been extremely good so far, theres undoubtedly been temptation but its purely emotional the cravings always appear to come 10 minutes break. So its looking great, the odd lapse but nothing to make me give up totally. The physical cravings are almost nothing but the psychological is definitely the worse. But I can actually say that if you use the support available to you personally and have the willpower as well as the determination, you might undoubtedly do it with Nicorette. If I don't its cos I failed again, I'll update on a regular basis!!
I have been a smoker for 10 plus years. I decided to quit after getting married as thinking to the future and having children. I decided that if I am going to quite I need it to be a easy as possible will as mush of the gadgets I can get. So I bought these patches along with an e-cigarette and some of the dissolvable films you can put on your tongue. I know I might have gone a bit overkill. The first week was really hand and I think I did need all of this stuff. The second week I really just needed the patches. Now 3 weeks on I am only using the patches with the e-cigarette in case I am finding it particularly difficult. I think the patches are a great help to giving up as e-cigarettes are good but they don''t break the habits you are into and make it easier to go back to being a smoker.
As a confirmed long term smoker I really wanted to pack in for the last 10 years. To finally give me the motivation I needed I had to see some family members in pain to see what it really was going to do to me.
I tried nicorette patches first and they really did nothing for me. These took the edge from the craving slightly and the first 3 days gave me a psychological relief which was quickly followed by boredom and back to the cigs.
Not to be beaten I did try again straight away but one week into the supply I started to develop a rash which would last a week after using, I seriously looked like a leper after a few days.
I found different products which helped me more namely electronic cigarettes which i used for a year before quiting completely using the microtab from nicorette, I am now nicotine free for four months and going strong.
Nicotine Patches are a type of NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapy) used to try and help you stop smoking. NRT is when you replace smoking with an alternative healthier way to get your fix of nicotine. (It is like a heroin addicts methadone.)
Nicorette Patches come in 3 different strengths and are marked as step 1 (15mg) step 2 (10mg) and step 3 (5mg). These are 16-hour patches, which means the nicotine is released equally over that many hours (so really they are only useful for 16 hours) The patches are a 'Nude' colour and you stick them to your body so the nicotine can be absorbed.
The step 3 (5mg) patch is used after approximately 10 weeks of stopping smoking (through using step 1 and 2) and is the last phase, which is meant to last 2 weeks. The patch at this stage is only about 1 inch square and releases 5mg over 16 hours. By this time you should have gotten over the worse withdrawals from not smoking and this small dose is then meant to wean you off nicotine patches.
Nicorette Patches can be bought without prescription from most pharmacies and high street retailers such as Boots and Superdrug their retail price is approx £12.49 for a pack of 7 (1 week) but can be found cheaper on 3 for 2 deals and half price offers. Alternatively you can sign up with the doctor and get them on prescription, which is £7.40, or free to certain people.
I find nicotine patches to be the best form of NRT and they do seem to reduce my physical withdrawal symptoms enough and my will power then has to do the rest.
I have used the nicorette patches many times ( this shows that I have restarted smoking and quit many times so ultimately they cant be that good but that is down to my own will power) and have found them to be good patches which actually do what they are meant to which relieves the physical withdrawals by supplementing the nicotine that you would have got from smoking.
Every time I use patches I do quit smoking (also with determination) which means they work however I have found that up to half an hour after I put the patch on the area is very itchy and when I take the patch off at night the area is very red (although not sore) and the adhesive used to make it stick to the skin is very hard to scrub off. However I do think this is a small price to pay compared to the risks of smoking!
Overall the patches are a good form of NRT and highly recommended.
The problem starts when you stop using the patches and you crave the nicotine again you are advised to only use the patches for 12 weeks so as not to become addicted them. I have done this 12 week cycle many times only to have a cig the day after I stop using them! So how can you quit long term? I have decided that being addicted to these is much better than smoking so the 5mg patch is a great way to continue using the patch but at a much lower dose until you are really ready to give up. If you feel like a cigarette stick one of these on and the feeling will go within 15 mins - don't give up on your hard work!
Dont give up giving up!
I have been smoking on and off since I was a teenager, more on than off if Im honest. But being a mother to 4 children, I always feel guilty for having that *sneaky fag* in the garden, when I think no one is watching!
My older girls thought I had still given up, but one morning a few months ago, it was pouring with rain, , puffing away in the garden, there was my 13 year old staring at me out of the window with pure disgust on her face. She decided to give me the silent treatment for 3 days.
Like a scolded child I went to the local chemist and purchased Nicorette Patches, you get a weeks supply in one packet, and they are rather expensive around £10 a pack but does vary from shop to shop. I had tried these some years ago, as I was only a light smoker I was recommended to start on step 2 which provides a little more nicotine absorbed into the skin in 24 hours than the last Step (3).
Step 3 is used for the last month ,by which time you should be well on your way to being a non smoker, obviously it doesnt work like that for everyone.
But with step 3 you have much less nicotine, so you are being *weaned off*slowly
You apply a patch and keep it on all night so you hopefully dont wake with your usual morning cravings. You use each step for a month or until you feel able to start a reduced nicotine level.
I have to say the patches (which look a little like a plaster) seemed to irritate my skin, but you can re-apply them to a different area of your skin.
I found after 2 or 3 days I got used to them. There are also other side effects such as a headache or an upset stomach, but fortunately I did not experience these.
After being on these patches for 2 months I am now smoke free. You do need lots of will-power particularly if you are a heavy smoker.
They are an aid to help you quit,and without will power you will not succeed.You will need plenty of encouragement and support, or if like me, being nagged at and told that your selfish can help you quit too!
All in all I have found the patches a very effective method to help me on my way to being a smoke free mum..
I was a bit of a heavy smoker. I didn't think patches would be enough. I talked to a chemist and they said that I might be able to use a nasal spray when I was really feeling the cravings. Worked like a charm. I haven't smoked in over a year. I got the spray from herehttp://www.stopsmokingshop.co.uk/products/Nicorette-Nasal-Spray-p-16154.html
Well iv been smoking for 12 years since i was 15. i gave up nearlly 3 years ago when i was pregnant and used the inhaler which worked until i gave birth.
Im now on day 3 using the 15mg patch. Day one i got the cravings but did as the leaflet said and kept myself busy. Day 2 i felt sick and got a headache. Day 3, im back in work today its hard but im SO determined, my energy is returning im getting less headaches with the patches that when i was a smoker and i don't smell of fags anymore! FAGS SMELL!!!
Zero To Hero, Or Public Enemy No1 To Acceptably Compliant? Bollocks to that. Just Give Me A Smoke Before I Kill Some One.
Welcome, my friends, to the art of packing in smoking, Part 2.
15mg patch, one per day for a month.
10mg patch, one per day for two weeks.
5mg patch, one per day for two weeks.
Seven per box. Cost depends where you get them from, but can be anything up to twenty quid for a box (a weeks supply). Also available on prescription from your GP in the UK.
Ok, there is one rule you must remember when quitting smoking. Its this; whilst youre engaged in the bitter struggle against the dreaded weed, youll always come across at least one fuckwit wholl swear blind that they packed in smoking without a problem. They stopped, just like that; going from a forty-a-day habit to nothing!?
And the Good Lord flies a 747 on bank holidays just to keep his hand in, doesnt he? Yeah, right.
Theyll always tell you this with the sort of smug smile that just tugs at the corners of their smug none smoking mouths. You know the look? Of coarse you do. Its the one that is begging to be slapped off. These people are good for only one thing. Exercising your slapping action.
The rule? Just walk away from these idiots. Youll find it will help you avoid a stress related heart attack and a spell detained at Her Majestys pleasure for GBH.
Yep, life can be a heap of shite when youre on the wagon. Whatever wagon. There will always be folk who have either done it without a problem or try to get you to fall off. Nice. The one common feature of them all is that they do not in any way make life easy for you. They contribute absolutely nothing.
Some worthy once proclaimed that nothing worth achieving comes easy, an oft favourite saying of smug gits. Whoever it was who thought it up mustve been trying to pack in smoking at the time, because they werent joking.
The problem with quitting the dreaded weed is that you dont know how ingrained tobacco is in everyday life until you stop using it. References to the bloody stuff are everywhere. Even where cigarettes are not supposed to be smoked, there is still the advertising. You can smell cigarette smoke at a thousand paces and man, does it smell good. In short; trying to pack the weed in is a bit of a chore. Its certainly a bigger job than the health fascists would have you believe.
Its very hard to be anywhere without a nicotine reminder. The worst of it is, the cigarette companys best advertising is already done; its in your head. Yknow, that little voice at the back of your thoughts whispering sweet nothings in your minds ear. The soft seductive tones of one of lifes most prolific and lethal whores. But oh, does she sound sexy! The promises of sweetness and light are most attractive too. Until you succumb and light up that is. Then you find its all just a lie. A lie thats designed to make some rich fat cat richer and kill you.
Nicorette patches. Yes. Awesome. The dogs bollocks.
For two months they are brilliant. As Ive said in Part 1, you start on the 15mg patches for four weeks. Then you go onto he 10mg patches for two weeks and then the 5mg patches for two weeks. All in all, a two month course that shields you from the need for a fag. The bodys physical craving is soothed. You have a set of mental ear muffs. Yep, the Nicorette patch is an absolute Godsend.
By the time you get to the 5mg patches, youll find that you will be forgetting to put a patch on. Which bodes well. I also got to a stage where one patch lasted two days. This started because I forgot to take a patch off one night so when I realised my mistake the next morning I just carried on with the same one. It seemed to work too. Ideal. Better still, it postponed the inevitable.
I didnt have any major problems whilst using the patches. Though I did notice some side effects. The first one youll get to know very well was the itching that started when the patch was applied. It only lasts for about ten minutes but it could be quite intense. The skin where the patch is stuck turns red and this redness can last for a day or two. So always alternate where you stick it. The sticky itself can last for days. Do try to take the patch off at night before bed. Itll help you sleep.
You may, from time to time, find that you yearn for a fag. Dont bother, while the patch is on youll get no benefit. There is no initial rush as the nicotine hits your system because your system is already overflowing with the damn stuff. All you get is a nasty taste in your mouth, a headache and a bad feeling of having let yourself down. I know, it happened to me. A sly just the one is a complete and utter waste of time. Forget it.
The patches are so good that they will help you enormously without you having to do very much. But there are things you can do to make your live even easier and their job even better. Call it a bit of forward thinking. Change all your routines, especially these that involve lighting up. Avoid places where you used to spark up. Avoid people while they are having a fag. I was lucky on this score as I changed jobs and moved house and lost my car (a motorized ashtray) all within weeks of stopping smoking so my entire life changed. Helpful, but a little bit of a stressfest nonetheless. Try washing all your clothes to get the smell out. Clean the house top to bottom. Change it around. Find something to keep your hands busy; so if your partner aint around and a touch of DIY is not your thing, take up knitting or building model planes. But best of all. Buy a demijohn and put the cash you wouldve otherwise spent on fags in it, every day. Now, if thats doesnt prove an incentive then you really do need to get a life, badly.
Some say the craving is worse when youve had a beer or two. And this is true but all you need to do is remember that if you do have a smoke youll be sick. Not pleasant. Alternately, dont drink.
Everything is going hunky dory.
Then theyre gone. Youre left on your own with no crutch. Aagghhhhh time is about to begin. Yep, the last patch has just been consigned to the bin; there are none left. You stand there, lost, knowing that you are now in the stark cold world of post nicotine reliance and life is about to get a lot tougher. Welcome to the real world where the wolves of craving howl. Cold and merciless. Believe me when I say that when it comes to kicking the habit there is nothing on earth that can prepare you for the fight ahead of you from this point on.
Youre on your own kid.
Its here that the patches fall down. The little leaflet that comes with the patches is great on how to use the things but there is nothing on how to look after yourself after the course is finished. Im afraid you just dont walk away thinking everything in the garden will be rosy. Its not.
You must keep looking after yourself. You will find that keeping busy is the best way to forget about the fags. Its best to try and avoid stress fests, so youll find your planning and anticipatory skills become quite honed. Now that you can look for and avoid the obvious, the cravings will start a campaign of guerrilla warfare. The urge to reach for a fag will sneak up on you when you least expect it. The cravings can be quite subversive too; there will always be unwitting accomplices. Every now and again, someone will offer you a fag. Itll seem so natural youll be accepting one before you realise what you are doing. You must remember that the habit of smoking is ingrained very deeply into your life and will never be completely removed. What this means is you must remain on your guard against subconsciously lighting up. It can happen all too easily. So watch your back.
But all is not lost. It does get easier. If youve got through this far without a smoke then you might as well keep going. Youre over the worst.
Youll start to find that your sense of taste gets better. Youre able to smell better, even to the point that you can smell fags on those who walk passed you. You smell fresher and you dont get the health fascists on your back any more. You become a human being again, not a criminal.
Your health improves. You can catch your breath again. Your finger tips no longer look blue. The cough goes, as does the sore throat. Your chest hurts but this is just the shit from years of smoking falling away. Youll get a sore mouth too. Why? Couldnt tell you but thats what happened to me. You will sleep better too. Although that took a week or two to happen. No yellow stain on my fingers.
The downside? Im fatter. Ive put on a stone and a half in two months. This despite eating less. I was mortified when my wife pointed out that for the first time in our marriage, I have a paunch. Im in danger of becoming one of those who need a mirror to see their own dick. Aaagggghhh!!!!! I also suspect, though no one has told me to my face, that I suffer from dog breath. A common affliction for ex-smokers, but a very handy one when in the company of arseholes. As is having a hair trigger temper.
Thankful for small mercies, I have not turned into one of those obnoxious born again none smokers.
The really big downside to stopping smoking, however, is that I found that I had nothing to look forward to. I found that I missed a fag most when Id finished a chore. You know, like chopping wood for the fires or just getting home after work and relaxing with a mug of splosh. I had nothing to help me de-rev after a stress fest.
But, when all is said and done, the effort has been worth it. Im better off money wise, well, the wife is. And Im sure I am a far more pleasant person to be around. And its nice not have my life ruled by whether I have enough baccy or not. In fact, its all been quite a rewarding experience.
Nevertheless, I am still gagging for a fag. The craving hits like a freight train every now and then. Its soon forgotten, but sometimes the cravings can border on being physically painful. Really, the only thing that stops me lighting up again is the fact Ive just hit 100 days of abstinence, and the wrath of the family should I start again. Its not worth the trouble and Ive done too much to blow it now.
Nicorette patches - Recommended.
I have smoked properly since I was about 16. I am now 33 and still struggling to stop. Admittedly I didn't start trying until about 3 years ago but hey I got there eventually.
My husband and I wanted to try for a second child and I knew I had to give up properly for this pregnancy after being on again off again during my first. I went to see my doctor before I fell pregnant (we had been trying for a year and a half whilst I was smoking and no luck) and asked for his help in giving up. I didn't even realise they gave out patches on prescription. He was fantastic and after a long discussion about why and when etc he prescribed me with 2 weeks supply of the stage 1 24 hour patch by nicorette.
I got home on the Wednesday night and put my first patch on. I thought if I had given my body a nicotine boost through the night my first day of not smoking would be easier when I woke up. I was right and Thursday morning I classed myself as a non smoker. I fell pregnant a month later (coinicidence or a vital benefit of not smoking???) and was over the moon.
The doctor slowly brought down the prescriptions through lower levels of nicotine patches until I was free of the patch and free of the fags and well on my way to my second child.
two years later I found I was lured to the dreaded weed again through stress of having two noisy young children driving me to the edge (lol love them really) but I did turn to the fags again.
So, off I went to the doctors again and got my patches. I have been attempting to give up now for about 6 months and keep slipping off the wagon. I manage 4 weeks or so and then fall off. I have found the patches are really irritating my skin this time round (no problems first time) and have made big red circles on my arms or wherever I put them which are very itchy, and uncomfortable. I am ready to give up again but can't seem to get to grips with the willpower you still need even with the patches.
My overview is that the patches are fantastic for stopping the cravings, they don't go completely but are dramatically reduced with the patches. However you do still need will power and support from the doctors who hold smoking support groups in my area. Take evry bit of support and advice you can get and you will get there - so will I!!!!!!
OK, here I go , at it again, for the 2nd time, if you've been here long enough you'll know I promised to give up smoking in the New Year with Nicotine CQ, after 3 weeks of numb arms and vivid dreams I went back to the evil weed. Then last week I though 'bugger it, I've got to give up some time, may as well be now', dragged the other half into Boots, pondered over the products available and decided on the Nicotinell patches. They also do the gum but I'm not a huge fan of gum and I know I'll end up completely hooked on it and soon I'll be on 40-50 bits of gum a day! Of course Nicotinell was more appealing because Boots were doing a special offer on it. How do Boots make any profit, they seem to be giving things away all the time. This time is a 'buy one, get one half price' offer. Its usually about £15 each but this way its approx £23 for a fortnights worth. One thing I've always noticed about smokers it that they always moan about the price of the patches! Quite happy to pay at least £30 a week for cigarettes but moan at £23 for a fortnights worth of patches. Madness! Still when its $4.10 a day rather than £17 at one go its easier to justify it. I know, I've used that one on a couple of occasions. But this time I marched in, no specific reason for stopping, bought the patches and trundled off home with the first lot of Xmas shopping, good idea I didn't decided to give up before then, the stress would have been to much! I suppose starting Christmas shopping isn't really a valid reason for falling off the smoking wagon. In your little box you get 7 patches, one for each day of the week. They have to be put on first thing in he morning and then removed 16 hours later which seems a bit of a long time. If I put it on at 7am I have to take it off at 11pm and I'm already in bed by then. So I just take it off at bedtime. You also get a little booklet with lots of info. The most i
mportant bit is how to use them. If you smoke more than 10 a day you start on the 15 mg patches for 8 weeks, then to 10 mg for 2, then 5 mg for 2. See, simple, just do that and you are cured!! Yeah right, as we all know, its a wee bit more difficult than that. If you've always been a non-smoker then you lot imagine its as easy as never sticking a cigarette in your mouth again. I wish! It does have some useful hints and tips addressing each of the problems such as breaking your routine, taking one day at a time, dealing with relapses, etc. You can also join the Fresh Start Complete Quitters Support Programme. You ring up a freephone number and they send you a little pack which includes a personal handbook, progress monitor, helpline number, a coin (to remind you of the money you have saved) a Dr Chris Steele relaxation tape and regular mailings to keep you encouraged. You can also join the club on-line at www.nicotinell.com which has advice, confidence building tests, etc. You can also get a quit buddy as well. The amount of support is quite extensive, and extremely helpful. As always there are side effects, the only thing that I have noticed is that my arm gets a bit itchy around the patch. Obviously putting the patch in a different place everyday although I didn't find that it worked as well on my thigh, and kept falling off when it was on my upper chest. Other effects can include palpitations, bad indigestion, headaches, dizziness, etc, these can get worse if you smoke when wearing a patch (as I found out). You also shouldn't use it if you are pregnant, breast-feeding, under 18, suffering from chronic disorders or are allergic to nicotine. Eh, if you are allergic to nicotine why the hell would you be smoking in the first place? You must also talk to your doctor if you have a history of stomach ulcers, heart problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, overactive thyroid gland or taking other medicines such as caffeine, paracetamol, w
arfarin, oestrogen, lignocaine and quite a few other. So after a week (I'm on the 2nd week now, was just too lazy to write a second week) this was my diary.. Sunday - No cravings whatsoever, no temptation, no cigs Monday - What a day, back to work, really bad temptations, all my friends are in the smoking room, manage to resist though, even when I come home and find my daughter has broken her leg! Tuesday - Off to the hospital for the permanent plaster, very, very stresses, but resisted. Wednesday - Oh dear, very stressful day, daughter couldn't go to school, had to arrange childcare, was 4 ½ hours late for work, patch wouldn't stay on so I succumbed to a few. Thursday - Oops, forgot to put my patch on, ended up smoking. 10 lights throughout the day which is much better then the 20+ I usually do, but a scant excuse really. Friday - Been really good so far, theres definitely been temptation but its purely psychological the cravings always seem to come 10 minutes before my tea break. Another week on and I'm doing really well, there was one day when I really couldn't be bothered to quit and just smoked, and yes, it was foul, but food is tasting better and I can really tell when people have been smoking now, and apart from that I have been clean. So its looking good, the odd lapse but nothing to make me give up completely. The physical cravings are virtually nothing but the psychological is definitely the worse. But I can honestly say that if you have the willpower and the determination and make use of the support available to you, you could definitely do it with Nicorette. I will update on a regular basis, if I don't its cos I failed again!! Wish me luck! Psst
Amidst all of the trauma I am going through at the moment I decided to give up smoking again. Firstly it would give me something to focus on and more importantly, if I can give up now I must be a superhero! In the past I have tried gum, the inhalator, cold turkey, chewing paper, some herbal potion and various other crazy methods but to no avail. This time, with inspiration from a close 20-a-day friend who has recently given up, my weapon of choice is patches. The only concern I had were my friend's report of strange dreams. I kind of enjoy my dreams as they are always pleasant and this made me a little wary of buying the same patches as him. There was only one thing to do: pop into my beloved local Boots and ask the pharmacist. Having noted that you can't buy anything from the pharmacy counter these days without getting a long lecture, I left myself an hour spare. Sure enough, I got the full spiel about lozenges, despite telling her I wasn't interested in them. Anyway, eventually she got round to answering my question, and showed me the Nicorette 16 hour patch. This gets around the disturbed sleep problem, as you don't wear it when you go to sleep. The programme has three stages, represented by the three levels of patch strengths: Step One - 15mg (full strength) is about breaking your smoking habit. You are still getting the same amount of nicotine but without the cigarettes. Nicorette recommend that you do this for 8 weeks and if you haven't given in to temptation, you go onto the next step. Steps Two & Three - 10mg and 5mg respectively, are about breaking your addiction to the nicotine. You do of these stages for 2 weeks each. She also took my name and address then game me a 'useful' booklet full of all the advice I had been told or read about giving up. I suppose it was kind of useful to keep it all in one place, although I'm positive the tone of junk mail I'll receive from it w
ont be at all useful. Nonetheless I had my step one patches and I was ready to start, or stop as the case may be, the very next day. Back at my desk, I thought I'd open the pack and look at the instructions. They seemed fairly straightforward: *Apply one fresh Nicorette Patch first thing every morning. *Remove the Patch before going to bed and dispose of it safely. *Apply the Patch to a clean, dry, hairless area of skin on the front or side of your chest, upper arm or hip. *Don't apply the Patch to the same spot of skin two days running. *Don't use the Patch on broken or inflamed skin. *Never smoke or use other nicotine products at the same time. *Remember, if you have any questions or are not sure of anything, please ask your pharmacist or local GP for advice and always read the label. (taken from information leaflet in the box) These all seemed fairly simple although I was a little worried by the warning not to apply the patch to the same area of skin for two days. My friend said his 24 hour patches had irritated his skin a little, making it red and slightly itchy when he had removed the patch. I guess the warning is to prevent you from severely irritating your skin. The Step 1 patch actually contains around 25mg of nicotine but only 15mg is released in a 16 hour stretch. I'm not really sure of how this works but the pack states that there is around 0.8mg in each cm squared and the entire patch is 30cm squared. I used to smoke 10 - 20 Marlboro Lights a day, which means my daily nicotine intake was roughly 10mg. I was recommended to start on step 2, which is 10mg, but a friend of mine who smoked a similar amount to me had a terrible time on this level and didn't manage to quit. I decided if I was going to do it, I'd do it properly! The application of the patch is very simple. Each pack contains seven individually wrapped patches. To open a patch you simply c
ut along the dotted line with scissors and remove the patch from the foil pack. The patch itself is similar in appearance to a smooth skin-toned plastic plaster (except it has Nicorette emblazoned across it) and is roughly 5cm x 6cm for Step 1. The patches get smaller as the dose gets lower. The sticky side is protected by a clear plastic backing which is broken by a curved incision. Therefore you simply bend the patch around your fingers and the backing peels away. The silver (sticky) side is very stick and has quite a strong and unpleasant smell but that only lasts a few minutes and it sticks well all day. I did have trouble one day when I applied the patch to my arm after using moisturiser and it just wouldn't stick, so I had to fix it in place with micro fibre tape (you can imagine how nice that looked!). I'd recommend that you decide where you are having your patch that day and then miss that area out of your moisturising routine that morning. You can always give it double when you go to bed! One thing I noticed was that for the first few days I wash rushing to get up, showered and ready for my patch before I started to crave cigarettes. I used to have one after my breakfast -around 15-20 minutes after I get up. However, on day five, I was so preoccupied that I completely forgot to apply my patch for two hours! And better than that, I didn't crave a cigarette once! As I mentioned earlier, you remove the patch before you go to sleep (or after 16 hours if you are one of those all night creatures). Removal is again like a plaster. The patch sometimes even leaves those sticky black marks around the edge. I have also found that my skin hasn't been affected (irritated) by the patch at all except for the initial smarting after I tear it off. A packet of step one patches costs £15.99 for a weeks worth (7 patches) which to be honest isn't cheap. However, my cigarettes would have cost me slightly more (5 p
acks a week @ £4.30 each = £21.50). Also I don't need an extra pack if I'm going clubbing, or have to pay vending machine prices if I run out in the pub! Also this is a short term expense rather than the infinite cost of cigarettes. Starting my patches on a Saturday didn't seem like a bad idea to me until it came to the point when I was getting ready to go out. Showering wasn't a problem, as the patches are waterproof if applied correctly (you can even swim in them!) but I found myself hunting through my wardrobe trying to find a suitably sexy top that would cover up the monstrosity! Later in the week I was mortified when it could be plainly seen through my gym top. However, I think this is something that I will just have to get over. I certainly wouldn't poke fun at anyone wearing one and aside from the obvious drunken 'jokers' offering you a cigarette I can see no disadvantages to wearing your patch with pride! If it's good enough for Sarah Jessica parker, it's good enough for me! Also, a little forward planning in the patch position department could easily overcome this issue. Now you may have picked up on the fact that I went out drinking on Day One! Ordinarily a night on the town is easily a 20-pack activity so you can imagine how surprised I was when I didn't crave a cigarette once. Even though missblueyedflatmate smoked like a chimney throughout the evening! The only real difference was I realised how smoky it was in all my usual bar haunts! My eyes were stinging a little, and the smell of my clothes and hair repulsed me in the morning but on the plus side, my mouth didn't taste like a used ashtray! Today is Day Six and I have been astounded by the fact that I haven't CRAVED a cigarette once! I have had the odd whim when I have fancied one, mainly in time of habit, but then I have remembered that I don't smoke and that has been that. Previously I have been in tears when I&
#39;ve quit because I want one so much, but not this time! Clearly, I am still addicted to the nicotine but this habit breaking section is easy peasy, and if that's more than half the battle I've got loads of confidence in my willpower! I would highly recommend this method to anyone who smokes a similar amount to me and wants to give up. There are some cases that cant use the patches though. You can use them if... * You are pregnant or breast-feeding. If however you cannot give up smoking without the use of nicotine replacement therapy, you should consult your doctor for advice. * You are under 18 years of age (unless recommended to do so by your doctor) * You continue to smoke. * You suffer from psoriasis, chronic dermatitis or another chronic skin disorder. * You have an allergy to nicotine or any component of the patch. (Taken from www.nicorette.com) I think the last comment is a little odd because surely those who are allergic to nicotine wouldn't have been able to start smoking in the first place! However, here are the other ingredients of the patch: Medium molecular weight polyisobutylene, low molecular weight poyisobutylene, polybutylene, non-woven polyester, backing film, siliconised release liner. Sound scary don't they! I have had little more help than just the patches, in the form of the Nicorette website: www.nicorette.com. It is packed full of information about the products and also lots of useful tips, advice and distractions. My favourite area is the Nicorette forum, which is a message board full of advice and support from other quitters. They also offer a free download called Desktop Diversions which has four quick games you can play: Swing (an animated Newton's Cradle), Slide (a sliding puzzle), Spot (matching pairs) and Spell (hangman). I have found this invaluable to pass the time when the rest of the studio goes out for a cigarette - at least I don't feel
like I'm doing more work than they are! In addition you can register on the site for Fresh Start email updates, which are daily email tips and comments about your improving health. Unfortunately you can't tell them what day you gave up on so do try and register on the day you quit. Today I was told that on Day 3 my Carbon Monoxide levels have returned to that of a non-smoker. Another important factor is the support of my friends and family. My car broke down yesterday and when I finally got to work I had an email from my Mum that simply said, 'If you have set off in your car, had it break down, called the garage, had it towed, caught the tram and the bus, got to work and still not had a cigarette then you are a saint'. Bless her! Well this one's for you mum! Someone pass me a halo shaped patch! ~ Update ~ I am still doing well - day 19 and not even one real craving yet! I have however cut my patch strength down to a more appropriate level. I'm now on 5mg patches which is the equivalent of Step 3, although I am using Step 2's cut in half, and here lies my moan! All of the steps are esentially the same patch but in different sizes. That is, each patch contains 0.83mg of nicotine per cm squared but Step 3 patches are one third of the size (surface area) of step 1. This is when I noticed I was being conned as Step 3 patches cost exactly the same as Steps 1 and 2! £15.99 regardless! I think this is terrible as Nicorette should be rewarding the quitter with a cost reflective of the product size! The good news is I have now got 2 weeks of Step 3 on a prescription from my GP! this is only available in some NHS areas so check with your GP. Also if you are on a higher strength you can have up to 4 weeks worth of patches on one £6.10 prescription. That's a saving of £57.86! God bless the NHS!
Whooo I have done it I've quit the evil weed forever (hopefully) I packed in the fags whatever you want to call it i've done it and boy do I feel good. I had wanted to quit for ages and after many atempts I visited the doctors who gave me nicorette patches on prescription. She asked me a few questions and took my blood pressure which was surprisingly ok and wrote the prescription out for me. I wanted to quit for a number of reasons, the kids the money but most importantly my health. I clutched my all important prescription and rushed to the chemist to get it filled. I felt really good and gave my sister the half full packet of cigarettes that I had and rushed home to apply my first patch. The patches come in three different strenghts 15mg,10mg and 5mg and get smaller as the *dose* gets weaker. You are advised to start off on the patch that matches the amount of cigarettes that you smoke more than 20 you start on the 15mg less than 20 you start on the 10mg and less than 10 you start off on the 5mg patches. As I used to smoke 30 a day oh I love those words used to I was started on the 15mg patches. You apply one each morning to wherever you want but I would reccomend your arm lol and leave it there until you go to bed at night and then use a fresh one each day. At first I was sceptical how could a small brown square cure me of this evil filthy habit but I was amazed I didn't feel the urge for a smoke. I though yeah ha we will see how long this lasts but to my amazement it has. Don't get me wrong sometimes I could kill for a fag but I don't give in I just remember how I don't cough up half a lung each morning and that my bank balance is looking much better these days too. I get urges at strange times such as when I'm relaxing watching the tv or when I'm reading a good book but strangly enough not afte
r a meal or with a drink as I would expect. When using the patches you are slowly weaned off them as you start off with the 15mg for four weeks then you move down to the 10 mg patches for two weeks then the 5mg for two weeks but you can continue with them as long as you feel you need them Of course you do need a certain amount of will power too but for me just knowing they were there on my arm was all that I needed to give me encouragement. People have argued the case that they shouldn't be available on prescription as the health service funds could be put to better use but I think it is better to try to encourage smokers to quit before it leads to more seroius health problems such as emphisemia or lung cance which are more expensive to treat in the long term. some doctors don't even like prescribing these to patients because of the cost but if you don't have a sympathetic doctor you can buy these for £16.99 for a seven day packet which works out at £54 per month. Quite expensive I hear you say but just think how much you would save not buying cigarettes. I used to spend around £40 per week on fags but now I try to save at least £20 and I usually buy myself a little treat each week just to remind myself how well I'm doing and all my friends and family have been great with all the encouragement and praise they have lavished apon me. I really can't see me going back to the evil weed but you never can tell. Hope this gives someone reading this the insentive to quit too good luck and fingers crossed.
Giving up smoking had always been in my mind for years, but I had been scared of trying, thinking I would not be able to cope. But after thinking long and hard, I decided to take the chance and give it a try. So I visited my doctor and asked him about what was the best way to go about it, I was initially intending on trying the tablets, but he advised me against this and recommended the Nicorette Patches. So I gave them a go, thinking I would be smoking again in no time. To my surprise, I found it very easy and I am now entering my sixth week as a non-smoker. These things really work, they totally take away the urge to smoke and I no longer find myself gasping for a ciggie. They really take the edge off giving up and that gasping feeling is non-existent, as before if I had even tried cutting down on ciggies, I found myself gasping. I had smoked about 20 a day for over 15 years and really wanted to pack in. Nicorette patches come in 3 strengths, and my doctor first put me on the strongest that is 15mg for 2 weeks, then the medium that is 10 mg for 2 weeks and now I am down to the mildest patch that is 5 mg and in a week or so, I will be taken off them for good. They work by releasing pure Nicotene into your bloodstream, which in turn takes away your desire for ciggies, the only thing they don’t help you with, is having something to do with your hands, but that is easily overcome by doing a crossword or something. You wear each patch on your arm, hip, leg or chest for a maximum of 16 hours a day and they slowly release the required Nicotine into your bloodstream. I was lucky, because being unemployed I am allowed these on the national health, but for those of you unable to do this, there is the major drawback of having to pay for them and they are not cheap. The prices range from £16 for a pack of seven 15mg patches to about £13 for a pack of the weakest ones, but in the long run, they are
worth it and think of the money you will save by packing in the evil drug. One word of warning, make sure you consult your GP before trying these patches as it is highly recommended.
Proud to say it is now my fourth month without a ciggie touching my lips. I live with a person who smokes so I felt it was a little harder giving up with someone who happily drags away whilst you try your hardest to kick the habit. However I had tried several times before to give up the cancer sticks but to no avail. I tried gum but found that I could still stick it on the dashboard of the car to light up when I was stressed in a traffic jam. I tried an inhaler and found myself "tripping" quite happily each time I dragged on it. Then finally I tried the patches. Not just nicotinell but other brands. The trouble was yes ok I stopped the fags, but it didn’t stop my craving for nicotine. In fact it was worse. These patches don’t come cheap (ok ok cheaper than ciggies admittedly) so when I got to buying these things a packet a week just for the nicotine kicks I decided they really were not for me. For a start it was costing as much going into town each week and finding myself giving excuses to the counter assistant who each time handed them over to me with a strange look in her eye! I found myself at the stage where I would immediately reach for a patch each morning to go with my morning coffee. It was then I decided to quit the patch and go back onto the ciggies. What concerns me is the amount of nicotine actually going into your body each time you put a patch on. The nightmares I had with them were so unreal. I would wake up with the sweats, nausea and papitations.But because I wanted to give up smoking I was determined to see them through. Thats when I realised if I really wanted to stop the habit of the patches AND smoking I knew there was only one way.... PURE WILLPOWER. Yeah it does sound corny doesn’t it? But the truth is it’s worked. I don’t yearn for a smoke. I don’t enjoy having it blown in my face and I can honestly say that when I snuggle up t
o my man I find it hard to believe I smelt like the ashtray he does. You have the will power. If you can say No to chocolate, the kids your partner and the dog when he needs walkies, you can say it to your hand each time you reach for the pack. Willpower is in us all. You have to find yours, remind it of its job and put it to work.
Once you have got on top of your urge to smoke you can approach the final furlong with the 5mg patch / / # Transdermal delivery system available in sizes of 30, 20 and 10sq.cm, containing per sq cm: Nicotine 0.83mg / Treatment of nicotine dependence, and for the relief of withdrawal symptoms associated with smoking cessation / Adults over 18 years of age: treatment should occupy 3 months / One 15mg patch daily, applied on waking (usually in the morning) and removed 16 hours later (usually at bedtime) / This dose should be continued for 8 weeks / This peRiod should be followed using one 10mg patch daily for 2 weeks and then one 5mg patch daily for a further 2 weeks / See pack leaflet for further information / Young persons under 18 years of age and children: not to be used unless recommended by a doctor