Nicotine patches

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  1. Rubenesque

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    I just wondered if any of you guys and girls have ever used nicotine patches to quit smoking?

    Today is the first day as a non smoker and I've got a patch on, thing is, my arm really aches. Is this normal?
     
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    Smoking is all mental!patches and the like are simply a waste of money.You wanna quit???get active in the gym and quit cold turkey...nuthin to it just do it!
     
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    OK... and an answer to the question?

    ps - addiction to nicotine is not just mental, it is physical also... so stick that in your pipe and... discard it in the bin as smoking is EEEEEEEVVVVVILLLLLLLLL
     
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    Patches can cause local itching.......keep it up.......the patch HELPS but the power to quit will still need to come from you.
     
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    It did itch for about 10 mins when I first put it on, but then it started to ache. That's passed now too, but I just wanted to know if that is normal.

    I'm soooooo determined to do it this time!
     
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    word of warning! Do NOT smoke while wearing the patch!
     
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    Perhaps I should place it over my gob so I can't lol


    or over my eyes so I can't find the cigs!
     
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    You'll get ill.

    I quit years ago and never had a withdrawal symptom. I only smoked for a few years but developed an annoying cough and was ill a bit more with throat and lung ailments.
     
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    Thankfully I've got a week off work, so if I get all angry at least I won't be taking it out on the scroungers..ooops... I mean clients I have to interview all day! lol
     
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    You may be starting off on a dose that is to high - these patches come in dose levels, so choose a lower starting dose. As Industrialsize says, do NOT smoke while on the patches!
     
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    Stay with it, Denise - you can beat this bastard!

    I never tried patches - I have plenty of friends who have and who said it kept the edge off. The itching / aching thing is normal, from what I understand, and if it has stopped both itching and aching by now you are probably OK to continue. If you are at all concerned there is an NHS service to help you (Phone: 0800 169 0 169 / Web: www.gosmokefree.nhs.uk). A friend of mine in London used the NHS Smokefree program to quit and it really worked for her, ymmv of course.

    The main thing that helped me when I quit was telling myself that I was just not having a cigarette yet. Not just taking it day by day, but minute by minute, too. Distraction is another good thing - do not count the minutes / hours / days since your last cigarette.

    And finally, and again ymmv, part of my addiction was oral fixation - I needed to find something else to do with my mouth - I chewed gum, sucked polo mints, ate popcorn, etc. (helps to try to keep it no fat or low fat).

    I've been off them over 7 years now :smile: (aw shit - I just said don't count then I went and counted :rolleyes:)

    Best of luck!
     
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    I've started on stage 2 patches for people who smoke 10 or less cigs a day... I actually smoke more than that but the shop had run out of the stage 1 patches haha.

    I've just been on the NiQuitin website and apparently having an ache in the arm your patch is on is fairly normal... so at least I can stop worrying.
     
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    :eek: aren't those patches kinda....dangerous? and any other kinda patch? i always see commercials about those patches. "if you or a loved one have suffered from a heart attack or even died while using the patch, give us a call! you MAY be eligible for a large claim."

    :eek:
     
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    Well I'm not dead yet nay-nay! lol

    And surprisingly neither is anyone else... at my hands anyway, which is good considering that I hate everyone! GRRRRRRRRRRRRR
     
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    :eek: Glad to hear it's going so well :biggrin1:
    Keep it up :cool:
     
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    lol. good to know. :tongue:
     
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    So ya quit smoking, did ya? Good for ya!

    Are you also asking us what we can do to help solve the oral fixation too? :wink: I know a lot of guys that could help you out :smile:
     
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    Oh the oral fixation problem is solved... I've taken to chewing gum... if I carry on at this rate I'll have a really toned jaw and a chronic stomach ulcer! haha
     
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    I really really really really really really really want a cigarette!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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