Just realized why Friday was a bit rough for me. I had cut down to step 2 on my patches. Anyone else see any differences when they went to another step with patches?
Good Morning SuzyQ411 I never used a patch but my thought would be your body will need a day or two to adjust to a lower dosage
Thanks, Carl, for your support Cousin-Itt I am dedicated to make this quit my last!!
Makes perfect sense! Hang in there as your body adjusts. Use your tools - slow/deep breaths, YouTube videos, maybe a walk or marching in place?
Smoking is NOT required!
Thank you YoungAtHeart for your support :-) Since the slippery snow of winter is here, I will not be walking but will try the marching in place idea... :-)
Always felt the Patch people should put in a heads up note on the step downs!!!!!
For me, it was pretty rocky for two three days after a step down.
I just leaned real heavy into my Quit Kit (lollipops, etc) to help ride it out.
Clear sailing after that.
I was pumped when it came time to finally remove my Last Patch having completed the Program!!!
"Bring it on!!!!!"
I will not tell you as I will not spoil a nice surprise waiting for you!!
Patch works great!!!
Stay with the program to the end!!!!
Thanks for the info and encouragement lighthousekeep- looking forward to the "nice surprise Waiting" for me at the end of the patch program~ Suzy
You're doing great. Just keep following your plan.
I am now doing much better, now being in my 3rd day of the dosage reduction. Will try to prepare for any symptoms when I go down later to the stage 3 dosage so I'm not so taken by surprise and "rattled" by the cravings~
SuzyQ411 I did Suzy. Just keep monitoring yourself. See what works for you. I learned to keep a broken nrt lozenge with me and swish it under the tongue if needed. I also stayed on the patch longer than the box instructed with doctor's ok. most did not. Here's more info about the patch. THE CONSUMER; The Nicotine Patch Didn't Work? You May Not Have Used It Enough - The New York Times
Thanks for the info, Nancy. I have already decided to prolong step 2 (14 mg), where I'm at now, as I recall during my recent (failed) quit I felt I was on thin ice once I reduced the dose to 7 mg. I also keep nico-mints and gum on hand; using one or the other on occasion as needed. Also, will take this opportunity to thank you again for your ongoing support :-). I'm psyched as I'm almost at the 3 week mark; hooray!!
In those early days every second that one doesn't think about smoking is a nice surprise. You hang in there. Soon the surprises will be the norm.
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