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Smoking While Using Nicotine Patch
Nicotine replacement therapy involves the use of products that provide low doses of nicotine but do not contain the toxins found in smoke. The goal of therapy is to relieve cravings for nicotine and ease the symptoms when someone stops using cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. Nicotine Patch. Nicotine patches are applied and ...Read more
YES: For someone who is naive to nicotine, using a patch can cause "toxicity." if a patch helps you "cut down" on tobacco it is well worth it and relatively safe. They can't recommend that, however, because I do not believe that has ever been formally studied.
Cessation is great: Nicotrol (nicotine patch) can be effective in smoking cessation as will the gum, patches, etc. You must want to quit as well. Don't think the nicotine substitute (any form) will do it all. You must meet half way. Go on line for all the smoking cessation sites. I'm sure one will be helpful.
Some in short run: There is moderate success in the short-run, but not much success in the long-run, even when combined with smoking cessation counseling (see a recent 2012 harvard school of public health study). However, given the serious health effects of cigarette smoking, inhalers may be worth a shot. Note that after quitting for one year, your risk of cardiovascular disease decreases by 50%!
Yes, but. . .: There is moderate success in the short-run, but not much success in the long-run, even when combined with smoking cessation counseling (see a recent 2012 harvard school of public health study). However, given the serious health effects of cigarette smoking, inhalers may be worth a shot. Note that after quitting for one year, your risk of cardiovascular disease decreases by 50%!
I have been using the nicotine patch to quit smoking, sometimes when I put it on my arms, my arms start to ache. Is this normal?
Both may help with: The physical side of the addiction, but what causes relapse is failure to deal with the behavioral side. The associations to cigarettes and nicotine is generally what really re-addicts quitters, so the best approach is really to modify all the associations of behaviors with smoking. This takes a LOT longer than merely withdrawing from nicotine.
If you have never smoked before, is it harmful to use a nicoderm (nicotine patch) stop smoking patch?
No: They are sometimes useful for people who have ulcerative colitis. Why are you using one?
Can I just wear a nicotine patch forever instead of trying to wean off. I worked to hard to quit smoking and don't want to fall off the wagon.?
My mom has smoked for 50 years and is on meds for angina and depression. She wants to give up smoking. Is the nicotine patch safe for her?
No problem reports: But she should still run it by her doctor or cardiologist. This is less important w/ respect to her psychiatrist - but it's a good habit to ALWAYS mention medication additions/changes to all those involved in your health care. She's wise to try to quit - even significant decrease will be very good. Best wishes.
I started sprintec birth control yesterday. Is it okay to use the nicotine patch to quit smoking while on birth control?
YES, also...: Yes, it's ok. It is always wise to quit but it's esp. Important if on birth control. A strong desire to quit is the most important factor. Nicotine patches can help, but also consider acupuncture, hypnosis, exercise & relaxation techniques. For more details on ways to quit see http://altmedicine. About. Com/od/therapiesfromrtoz/a/quit_smoking. Htm & www. Shareguide. Com/smoking.Html good luck!
What to do about first day using nicoderm (nicotine patch) patch and still having cravings is it ok to use e-cig?
I don't recommend it: E-cigs have not been shown to promote smoking cessation in all people - some actually find it a path back to smoking. I recommend the use of nicotine lozenges or gum when cravings come up, while still using the patch. If you are on a lower-dose patch and were a very heavy smoker, then raising the patch strength to 21 or 22 mg may help, or even using more than one patch. Get into a program as wellSee 1 more doctor answer
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