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Shamrockgreen123
Quit 132 days ago
Yesterday I marked 3 months smoke-free and am thrilled about that! But one stumbling block -  I haven't been able to lose the nicotine patch yet. This is a 10 week program, and I'm currently on week 14. Not really recommended to go over apparently.. but I'm afraid of a relapse without it.  I've been using each patch for 2 days, but just can't seem to go any longer. Every other aspect of my quit is going really well, getting through challenges.. but am disappointed I can't get through this one.  Gotta give up the nicotine to be free of it's grip. Guess after 50-plus  years of dependency  it's going to take longer than I imagined. And with the holidays almost here.. thinking likely it will be in the New year now.
Last reply: December 11, 2019 @ 12:37 am
  • Blondiee13
    Quit 97 days ago
    December 10, 2019 @ 10:41 am
    Good for you Shamrockgreen - that is awesome.  I hear you on the patch I get anxious even thinking of losing it.  I'm no doctor but I would just continue with it over the holidays to be safe.
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    LLD
    Quit 213 days ago
    December 10, 2019 @ 11:16 am
    Chantix or Zyban might help you with the affects of stopping the patch, shamrockgreen123. Maybe have a chat with your doctor about these options. Good on you for your 3-month quit!
  • Green Meenie
    Quit 1,085 days ago
    December 10, 2019 @ 11:34 am
    What dosage of nicotine patch are you on now? If it's the lowest dose, it shouldn't be a huge issue getting off it. Another thought is to maybe try using either nicotine gum or lozenges instead of the patch. A change in delivery method may change your outlook about getting off nicotine completely and you can control how much of those other methods you use daily much more easily than with the patch. Just a thought to consider. Ridding the body of nicotine takes roughly 72 hours after you stop feeding it to yourself. Not a long time really and after 3 months quit, you have learned coping methods to fight any cravings you might get. You do need to protect your quit at all costs though so, if you don't feel comfortable getting off the nicotine at this time of year, wait until early in the new year to try it. I think you'll find it's not nearly as rough as you think it might be.
  • GregD
    Quit 81 days ago
    December 10, 2019 @ 11:48 am
    Congrats on your tenacity through your quit! I agree that maybe a chat with your doctor could be an idea to consider.  
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    Shamrockgreen123
    Quit 132 days ago
    December 10, 2019 @ 12:30 pm
    Thanks so much for your input everyone!  I'm actually on the middle dosage of the patch, Green Meanie.. not the best choice.  It's right around the 72 hour mark that I start to struggle for sure .All the nicotine has left me and I find myself getting really really anxious. Don't know if this a psychological or physical reaction,  or why it's proving so hard to shake and get past it. Funny thing - I never even thought of using another aid! That's a great idea, will try one. Easier to manage and control as  you say, so it could be easier to wean myself off..  If not, I  will see my doctor as suggested. Thanks again for your support. 
  • Lucille Brown
    Quit 1,412 days ago
    December 10, 2019 @ 12:31 pm
    Shamrockgreen, I agree with Green Meanie, it’s easier to wean yourself off lozenges or gum than it is to wean yourself off the patch.   But if that doesn’t work for you try going back to step one of the patch and wean yourself off gradually.  Also it may be a good thing if you talk to your doctor or pharmacist about it.  Hugs, Lucille. 🤗
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    QuitCoach Linda
    Quit 5,468 days ago
    December 10, 2019 @ 1:50 pm
    Hi Shamrockgreen and congratulations on your 3 months smoke-free - that's wonderful! It sounds like you have the right mindset and what it takes to be smoke-free. I understand that you have some worries about not feeling comfortable to go without the patch. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist.
    They might suggest you other nicotine replacement products such as the inhaler, spray, lozenge or gum which are lower in nicotine and can help you wean off the nicotine over time.  
    Like Green Meenie said, you have learned coping methods to fight cravings after 3 months quit, you might have an easier time to get off the nicotine than you think. You have come a long way, you can go through this. One day at a time.
  • Shannon C
    Quit 104 days ago
    December 10, 2019 @ 3:12 pm
    Wow congrats on 3 months Shamrock, great job. It is difficult to go off the patch, have you thought about maybe switching methods, and maybe trying the lower dose gum?  I dont like the taste of it, but it might help with an instant craving relief, then you can spit it out.  Nevertheless, youre are doing great so far. I plan on staying on each level of patches for 50 days each, then quit completely. 
    Again....great job🏆
    Shannon
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    judythebeauty
    Quit 695 days ago
    December 10, 2019 @ 3:53 pm
    Congrats on your 3 months, plus you got tons of great advice to help you with the next step.
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    Chap137
    Quit 49 days ago
    December 11, 2019 @ 12:37 am
    Shamrock I have a suggestion that worked for me, until I broke the rules, and has worked for several long term hardcore smokers I know. There is a book “Alan Carr’s easy way to stop smoking”. It works miracles for some people but not others. If you have accomplished 3 months you have already won. Maybe it’s a simple mindset adjustment that you need. It is like the three blind men and the elephant. One man walks up and touches the elephants foot, another it’s tail, the last one it’s trunk. Each man now knows “oh that’s what an elephant is” this book gives a new perspective standing back to see the entire elephant. I still listen to it on audible for inspiration when times are tough for me.