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Do Nicotine Patches Really Work
Wean off: 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.... ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I'm trying to quit by smoking during the day and using nicotine patches at night. Is this going to work?
Addictions involve: 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. ...Read more
Yes?: 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. ...Read more
Yes, potentially: Smokers are tolerant to the toxic effects of nicotine - application of even low-dose nicotine patches is the equivalent of smoking 6-8 cigarettes per day; in people not tolerant, this can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and other symptoms. Higher dose patches can cause even worse symptoms. They are being studied for the treatment of schizophrenics, though, where nicotine does seem to help. ...Read more