Is the patch an OTC or something your doctor prescribes?
Which is most effective?
The patch is OTC; however, if your insurance covers session then You Doc will write a prescription and save you a little money.
Everybody's quit is different and what works for one might not work for another. I used the patch and it helped me along with others on this site.
Your state may give them away free.
1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) Calling this toll-free number will connect you directly to your state quit line. I used the Wal-Mart brand of patches. stuck better and cheaper
I agree !
Welcome to our community!
The most important thing you can do right now is to educate yourself on what nicotine does to your body and mind. To that end, I highly recommend Allen Carr's “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking.” This is an easy and entertaining read.
You should also read the posts here and perhaps go to the pages of folks who you think might be helpful. You might visit whyquit.com, quitsmokingonline.com and livewell.com for the good information contained there. @https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/groups/best-of-ex has lots of blogs written by members of this site with their experiences and guidance. You should also do the tracking and separation exercises suggested in My Quit Plan http://www.becomeanex.org/my-quit-plan.php
After you have completed the recommended reading, it will be time to make an informed choice of the quit aid, if any, you will use. If you go that route, I personally recommend the aids that don't let the addict control the dose such as the available prescription drugs or the patch. You should choose the patch which gives the amount of nicotine contained in the number of cigarettes you smoke in 24 hours. If used properly, gum, lozenges and inhalers are fine, but they need to be used only as a last resort. I have seen folks become addicted to them if they substitute them for every cigarette they used to smoke - just trading one addiction for another. I do not recommend the e-cigarette for three reasons: 1) the vapor has been compared to the polluted air in Bejing on a bad day, 2) they just provide another nicotine delivery system while continuing the hand to mouth smoking motion, and 3) the batteries can spontaneously catch on fire. . But – any method that you think will work well for you will be best for you.
The idea is to change up your routines so the smoking associations are reduced. Drink your coffee with your OTHER hand. If you always had that first smoke with your coffee, try putting your tennies on right out of bed, going for a quick walk, then taking your shower and THEN your coffee! Rearrange the furniture in the areas you used to smoke so the view is different. Buy your gas at a different station. Take a different route to work. Take a quick walk at break time where the smokers AREN'T.
You need to distract yourself through any craves. You can take a bite out of a lemon (yup - rind and all), put your head in the freezer and take a deep breath of cold air, do a few jumping jacks, go for a brisk walk or march in place, play a computer game. Don't let that smoking thought rattle around in your brain unchallenged. Sometimes you need to quit a minute or an hour at a time. You will need to be disciplined in the early days to distract yourself when a crave hits. Get busy! Here is a link to a list of things to do instead of smoke if you need some fresh ideas:
The conversation in your head in response to the "I want a cigarette" thought needs to be, "Well, since I have decided not to do that anymore, what shall I do instead for the three minutes this crave will last?" Then DO it. You will need to put some effort into this in the early days, but it gets easier and easier to do.
Stay close to us here and ask questions when you have them and for support when you need it. We will be with you every step of the way!
The patch worked great for me and agree with what Lori said about the Walmart brand was much less expensive and stuck better plus I had a minor skin reaction From the glue (itching for about 20 minutes after applying ) it was less irritating then the more well known expensive brand . Also be sure to take off the residue left each time your take off the patch I Used alcohol and a tissue or cotton ball. I put the patch on my outer arms and sometimes my shoulders .Choose spots that are not as sensitive . I once put it on my upper inner arm and really had an allergic reaction ....intense itching and redness that did not stop after the 20 minutes so eventually I had to change location .
Another tip .....wearing it all night may cause vivid disturbing dreams and difficulty falling asleep ....I took it off one hour before bedtime there is enough nicotine in your system by then and who ever smokes in there sleep anyway !
I am giving you these tips just in case you decide to use the patch but whatever you decide you are in the right place together lots of kind and caring support !
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