I have started this 4 days ago and I am smoking 4-5 smokes a day compared to 1 1/2 pk a day. Has anybody done this route??My quit date is on the 29 th and they say to keep taking them for 10 weeks it that necessary?
I used the U.S. equivelant, Chantix, and did great. It is suggested that you use it for 3 months but I used it for 6 weeks and was fine.
There is withdrawal when quitting the meds so prepare yourself. You need a support system and you need to reinforce your reasons for wanting to quit, especially when you feel weak and about to give in to a craving. It isn't easy, but it is certainly do-able.
I smoked for 38 yrs. and never thought I could or would quit. Chantix helped me and the articles at whyquitdotcom were what kept me "quit."
well I relapsed again. this is my 16th time I quit, I have been quitting since 1999. unreal, I just had 2 months in, and I just felt like I needed to light up. the next day I wanted to get back on track, but felt it wasn't worth it, due to the fact i was using the nicotrol inhaler so much that I was addicted to that. Well I just ordered 2 cartons, they will last about 5 weeks, as everytime I quit has reduced the amt of cigs I smoke. for the last 2 yrs of quitting I have not been able to smoke over 5 cigs a day. my doc said it's okay, cuz I was under so much mental depression from other things going on in my life too. so for now I am back to smoking, but I can see that the next time I quit it will be for good. the next time will be with no nrt. That just keeps you addicted to nicotine. Smoking does have it's pleasure, but It also makes me feel lousy too. (i'm so torn) I will not set a quit date, I am just going to stop again sometime in mid January.
I'm sorry to hear it, but you have to try to keep positive about it. Your whole admission is so negative it's almost like you are setting yourself up for failure : (
Quitting is not a bad thing, smoking is and while you prepare yourself for your quit, don't just read the articles at whyquit.com, find yourself in them.....it is you that Joel is referring to, imagine yourself in those scenarios...we all have been forced outdoors by non-smokers, we have all had to run out in the middle of night to buy what we perceive to be our "best friend." Everyone of us has, at some point has given cigarettes a status of "god-like."
You know we are going to support you, so write every day karmadog, start a journal if you don't already have one, reach out to someone you know will understand. No one that cares about you wants to see you fail.
There are many on this forum who live in pain, be it physical or emotional, so never feel alone. As one who suffers emotionally, I will tell you that I have suffered for decades and whether I smoke or not, I still have the very same problems, but the finances are much better since I quit. Also, I don't need that afternoon nap so I find myself more productive...and, I am getting fit.....I suspect that I will have to tackle my "issues" next because I have fixed the outside ; )
You aren't alone, bottom line. Take back control of your life and be the person you so want to be. It's there inside of you, just waiting to come out, and we will be here for you when it does : )
j-34, Chatix also worked for me and at about a year I still take a few pills a week. I never had any withdrawal from it and have stopped for several weeks before but now, because I still get craving, my doc and I thought it would be a good idea to still take it like every other day or less. It took almost 2 weeks of taking it daily before I could quit and it really helped with few side effects.
Karmadog, I have also quit many times and failed. The thing I realized about stopping smoking is ,the other quits helped me and were kind of like a stepping stone. It is easy for some people but never was easy for me but ever so slowly, tabacco is loosing it's hold on me.
Just thinking about quitting...fearful,dreading (no confidence)...coughing like an old...Am 54, female, not too bad looking...no kids...no man...in good shape otherwise, do not own a prescription. father passed away boxing day, looking or a reason
Read the articles under "Education" at whyquit.com and check out the stories under "Motivation" for reason to quit. They support "cold turkey" so there is no drug needed.
I don't know what "not too bad looking...no kids...no man..." has to do with quitting, but quitting for your own health and taking back control over your life should be enough reason to do it.
This forum will support you should you decide to do it : )
It's great that you found something that worked for you. A lot of people aren't so lucky. There are many support groups and I recommend attending at least one session. It's the only thing that will insure you staying on the right path. Smoking is dangerous and unhealthy...And a nasty habit.
I was a smoker from the age of 14 & continued to smoke till 2 years ago when at the age of 70 I knew it wasn't doing my health any good, so I asked my doctor to get patches & found it only helped me when I wasn't under any stress & the longest was about 3 months & I found QUIT LINE wasn't really very helpful as every time I got someone one new who didn't know me & I had to go through my story again. They had no record of me
getting in touch before, I got really fed up & sick of repeating myself
& not getting support, which is what I needed.
Then you brought out Champax which was the best thing you did & I got it through my doctor I went on to it & the third day after I didn't want another smoke, I did the whole course & have never looked back & have been around smokers but didn't want one. I have been free of smoking now for 8 months, I still get the odd urge, but Iput my mind onto something else & it goes away. I know I wont go back, forget Quit Line it doesn't work for many. Wendy
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