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Zombie dreams and Exorcist style rashes but these do stop cravings.
Member Name: chrisheels
Advantages: does stop cravings
Disadvantages: High cost, Bad dreams, itchy skin
After nearly 10 years of smoking I had the unfortunate experience of seeing two of my granparents die from smoking related illnesses. After that experience I put decided to put a lot more effort into trying to give up smoking. After a couple of attempts at going cold turkey I decided taht I'd try a nicotine replacement method and see if that helped. Although I am sure they do for some people, I found patches a nightmare and eventully gave up using an electronic nicotine vapouriser. I am focusing on the patches in this review, but will try to give a glowing report of the E-cig another time.
== The patches ==
The patches come in several strengths depending on how much nicotine you want. If you smoke within half an hour of waking up or more than 20 per day it is rocommended to start on the stonger strength of 25mg (or step one) and then progress down the three stengths. I smoked about 10 a day on average so started on stage 2 which is using 15mg patches. I never made it to the third stage which is a very low 5mg. strength due to the side effects stated below.
The patches are semi transparent, however they are pretty obvious if they are not covered by clothing.
The come with an adhesive on one side which is used y removing the covering and applying to the skin. Due to skin irritation they recommend that you use a different position each day for 8 days before going around the cyle again. I found it hard to find 8 different positions to place it, mostly because I am pretty hairy and found applying them to the arms meant ripping hair off when I took them off.
the patches can be worn 24hours a day, unlike some which have to be removed when you sleep meaning you are dying for one when you wake up.
== Stopping Cravings ==
I was suprised how well they did stop me wanting a cigarette, or thinking about cigarettes. I would look at the clock and be suprised that I hadn't started craving one yet. The patches still require willpower to give up smoking but they definitley help.
My main concern is that using a patch gives you nothing to do with your hands and after giving up on patches I found other methods that provide a fake cigarette far easier to control my cravings and break the habit.
From a purely craving point of view, and avoiding the habitual things, I actually found I could use half a patch and it was just as good as a full one. That saved me quite a bit of money as a box lasted twice as long.
== Side effects ==
I experienced several side effects from the patches which were my main reason for stopping using them. Side effects will vary for different people but the following was my experience.
Firstly I got very irritated red skin around where I was using them. This was something I thought I could put up with but they eventually became very painful and after removing the patches took a couple of weeks to heal properly.
Worst was that I started having incredibly realistic dreams. These verged on hallucinations and I would wake up not knowing if the dreams had been real or not. It wasn;t until I stated worring a bt about these that I even discoved that this is a side effect that can be caused by the method that nicotine is absorbed into your body when using a patch. Search side effects on google and you'll realise I am not making this up.
== Price ==
A box of 7 patches (one a day for a week) is about £16 from boots although can be found cheaper online. This is obviously cheaper than cigarettes which are getting more and more expensive, but I found an electronic cigarette to cost far less and work better for me in the end.
== Summary ==
Definitley stops cravings, but the side effects were too much for me
Summary: Definitley stops cravings, but the side effects were too much for me
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