lillian, quit coach
28 Nov 2017
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Welcome to the community.
Firstly, just wanted to touch on some of the questions you had.
It is always, always a good idea to talk to your health care professionals and obtain their advice and recommendation on the best either prescription or nicotine replacement to use. Another resource is your pharmacist, at least one who knows you and your health conditions.
Nowadays, many who smoke as you do will use a combination of products to help. For example, they may use the patch with Zyban and lozenges. Again, that is another reason to discuss it with your doctor or health care provider, as you don't want to use too much or the wrong combination.
There are some things to consider with the products, here is just one example of that.
The patch is something you put on and the idea is to let it do what it needs to and try to distract yourself and get on with your day. With the other nicotine replacements, you use them when you need them to combat cravings. Some prefer this as it means you are in charge of the amount of nicotine you use but others like that the patch is leveling them off and the cravings are at a more manageable level than without and that they don't have to worry about nicotine levels...So, it is a personal preference too, which do you think is better for you?
You can also call us at the helpline and we can share some more things to consider in order to narrow down the right choice for you.
There is a lot of information on this site, so have a look through the site, I am sure you will find it helpful. The more information the better. I am so glad you reached out today. I am sure the community will add more to this for you to consider but this is a great first step Barbie-q!