I personally gave up smoking last year -after 20 long years of being a smoker. I was extremely lucky that I met Cindy from http://www.cindygalvin.co.uk who uses a method call RTT hypnosis and it worked extremely well for me. However, it seems hypnosis may not work for everyone, and if you are one of those who is not so lucky, another way to give up smoking is by using nicotine patches.
Here is a brief overview of nicotine patches with a detailed list of side effects:
The nicotine patch is a safe and effective method to use in smoking cessation. They are made in several different strengthsusually 21mg, 14 mg, and 7mgand can accommodate the occasional or chain smoker. These patches work by delivering a steady stream of nicotine into your system that curbs your cravings and allows you to gradually lower the dosage until you no longer need them. Each box contains 14 patches and the dosage is recommended depending on how many cigarettes you smoke per day. There are,however, some side effects to be aware of with these products.
Problems at the Site of the Patch
You can apply the patch in virtually any place that is hair free. The site of the patch may itch each time you put on a new one, but this is a normal reaction caused by the nicotine coming in contact with the skin, and should dissipate in about an hour. If the spot becomes red and swollen or a rash occurs, you should discontinue use of the patch and notify your doctor.
Other Physical Symptoms
When you begin using the patch, you may experience dizziness, headaches, upset stomach, vomiting, or diarrhea. These symptoms are mild and shouldnt interrupt your daily routine. If these symptoms do not go away after the first couple of days, contact your doctor.
Nicotine patches may also cause strange, vivid, or lucid dreams. Your sleep may also be disturbed. If any of these symptoms occur, you can solve this by taking the patch off two hours before you go to sleep and putting on a new one when you wake up in the morning. Patches are also made for 24-hour and 16-hour wear. The 24-hour patch is to be put on in the morning and worn for 24 hours straight. The 16-hour patch is used from the time you wake up in the morning until you go to bed. If you are concerned about dreams or lack of sleep, you should consider the 16-hour patch. It will stop the steady stream of nicotine into your bloodstream which should stop the sleeplessness. Keep in mind, though, that with the 16-hour patch, you may have strong cravings for cigarettes in the morning until your new patch is applied.
Serious Issues that Require Immediate Medical Attention
Call your doctor immediately if you experience seizures, difficulty breathing, or an abnormal heartbeat or rhythm.
All nicotine patches are FDA tested and approved but, like all other medications, there are some risks involved. You should be sure to tell your doctor if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, chest pains, stomach ulcers, kidney or liver disease.
Medications Used to Aid in Smoking Cessation
Using the nicotine patch with a smoking cessation program also increases your chances of success. The nicotine patch was the right method for me, but it may not be for you. Weighing every option is important in the quitting process, and you should be armed with all the facts about each method for quitting. Investigate the pros and cons of each method; it could mean the difference between success and failure.
For more information, check with your doctor or the tobacco quit line in your area.
If the patches are not for you, there is also chewing gum and mouth sprays, but maybe you need help with willpòwer, in which case try hypnosis as a risk free way to quit.