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How do nicotine patches work? Don't they keep you addicted to nicotine?

Wean off

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First, congratulations on planning to quit!! The patches are designed to wean you off of the cigarettes slowly..as Dr. Goodman said by reducing from 21 mg daily to 14 mg daily and then to 7 mg daily. This helps your body adjust slowly and can reduce your cravings as you have a continuous dose of the nicotine. They do not, however, help you break the habits..and these can make it hard to quit....
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Do they really work? The Japanese foot sticks that sucks out poison and nicotine from the body?!

Unlikely

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If it sounds too good to be true...it probably is. I'm not specifically familiar with the "Japanese foot sticks" you mention, but nonetheless feel confident they don't do this.
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How does a nicotine patch work?

Timed release

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Putting the patch on your skin will release the medicine into your skin and then the rest of the body over time. It is not meant to be as immediate or potent as a cigarette, but to provide steady and lower doses of the drug until you wean off of nicotine.
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How do nicotine addictions work?

Habits are habits

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Addictive behavior has common underpinnings despite the various chemicals, physical or mechanical, or ritualistic, behaviors may initiate them. Areas of the brain are involved similarly regardless of the addicting substance. Dopamine is a prime mediator of addiction.
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi answered:

What benefit nicotine patches have?

Addictions involve

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people, places, things. The patch transfers your nicotine source from dip/snuff or smokes to a transdermal blood level, and attempts to taper the amount over the course of weeks. You remain an addict. Your threshold for craving is lowered. You must have the strong desire and will to quit.
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Dr. Jeff Blixt answered:

Are the nicotine patches suggested?

Yes?

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recent study evaluated benefits of medications and or nicotine replacement for quitting smoking. Use of these products showed a 4-5 times increase change of being cigarette free at six months versus trying to quit "cold turkey", especially if patients have severe nicotine dependence. talk to doctor, but some patients benefit from use of all the above, though this needs doctor supervision.
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How does nicotine chewing gum work?

Gum

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The idea is to give one a level of nicotine in the blood without smoking a cig..This is to prevent the physical withdrawl of quitting smoking.Good luck
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Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi answered:

Can I use expired nicotine patches?

No

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Companies do not test expired samples so it may make you sick, lose their potency, or just not work at all. Better to be safe than sorry.
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Can nicotine patches be cut in half?

No

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Cutting in half will destroy the prolonged activity.
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Dr. John DeWolf answered:

How does a nicotine saliva test work?

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Similar to a pH or chlorine test strip for testing swimming pool water, a nicotine test strip is placed in a saliva sample where it reacts to cotinine, a compound produced as a byproduct of nicotine metabolism. It will indicate different levels of cotinine suggesting the amount of nicotine exposure.
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