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      29.10.2012 16:07
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      Definitley stops cravings, but the side effects were too much for me

      After nearly 10 years of smoking I had the unfortunate experience of seeing two of my granparents die from smoking related illnesses. After that experience I put decided to put a lot more effort into trying to give up smoking. After a couple of attempts at going cold turkey I decided taht I'd try a nicotine replacement method and see if that helped. Although I am sure they do for some people, I found patches a nightmare and eventully gave up using an electronic nicotine vapouriser. I am focusing on the patches in this review, but will try to give a glowing report of the E-cig another time.

      == The patches ==

      The patches come in several strengths depending on how much nicotine you want. If you smoke within half an hour of waking up or more than 20 per day it is rocommended to start on the stonger strength of 25mg (or step one) and then progress down the three stengths. I smoked about 10 a day on average so started on stage 2 which is using 15mg patches. I never made it to the third stage which is a very low 5mg. strength due to the side effects stated below.

      The patches are semi transparent, however they are pretty obvious if they are not covered by clothing.

      The come with an adhesive on one side which is used y removing the covering and applying to the skin. Due to skin irritation they recommend that you use a different position each day for 8 days before going around the cyle again. I found it hard to find 8 different positions to place it, mostly because I am pretty hairy and found applying them to the arms meant ripping hair off when I took them off.

      the patches can be worn 24hours a day, unlike some which have to be removed when you sleep meaning you are dying for one when you wake up.

      == Stopping Cravings ==

      I was suprised how well they did stop me wanting a cigarette, or thinking about cigarettes. I would look at the clock and be suprised that I hadn't started craving one yet. The patches still require willpower to give up smoking but they definitley help.

      My main concern is that using a patch gives you nothing to do with your hands and after giving up on patches I found other methods that provide a fake cigarette far easier to control my cravings and break the habit.

      From a purely craving point of view, and avoiding the habitual things, I actually found I could use half a patch and it was just as good as a full one. That saved me quite a bit of money as a box lasted twice as long.

      == Side effects ==

      I experienced several side effects from the patches which were my main reason for stopping using them. Side effects will vary for different people but the following was my experience.

      Firstly I got very irritated red skin around where I was using them. This was something I thought I could put up with but they eventually became very painful and after removing the patches took a couple of weeks to heal properly.

      Worst was that I started having incredibly realistic dreams. These verged on hallucinations and I would wake up not knowing if the dreams had been real or not. It wasn;t until I stated worring a bt about these that I even discoved that this is a side effect that can be caused by the method that nicotine is absorbed into your body when using a patch. Search side effects on google and you'll realise I am not making this up.

      == Price ==

      A box of 7 patches (one a day for a week) is about £16 from boots although can be found cheaper online. This is obviously cheaper than cigarettes which are getting more and more expensive, but I found an electronic cigarette to cost far less and work better for me in the end.

      == Summary ==

      Definitley stops cravings, but the side effects were too much for me

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        12.02.2012 18:53
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        Helped make my first week much more bearable

        About 2 1/2 years ago I was unfortunate to have to watch my Mother in Law die of cancer which was due to smoking, after the horrific ordeal I decided that I must quit smoking once and for all and so was willing to try anything on offer. It was a Sunday night when I made my decision which was the night she died and I went stright from the hospital to the local Tesco Express store to see what I could buy all set for quitting on the Monday morning. Being a smaller store I was quite surprised to find they carried quite a range and so I picked up the patches, inhaler and gum.

        The patches I choose were the Niquitin clear and I bought a 1 weeks supply costing about £12, these patches come in 3 stages depending on how many you smoke and stage 1 which I used are for smokers of over 10 cigarettes a day. The patches come in a mainly white box which is sealed, once opening the seal the front of the box lifts up and reveals 14 small plastic packets inside where the patches are held. On the back of the box is the information for the treatment stages, stage one can be used for up to 6 weeks, stage 2 is for 2 weeks unless you are a smoker of less than 10 cigarettes a day in which case you should start on stage 2 and stay on this stage for 6 weeks, the 3rd stage is for a further 2 weeks. There is also some warning information such as you should not use these if you are an occassional smoker, under 12 or in hospital with heart problems.

        Each plastic packet inside is white in colour and states that it contains 114mgs of nicotine and delivers 21mgs of nicotine in 24 hours. To open the packet you need to use scissors and then inside you find a small square patch about an inch or so square which is clear which makes it harder to see on your skin. You have to stick the patch to your skin and leave it on for 24 hours to do it's job, when you take off the patch you should not place the next patch in the same place.

        I actually only ended up using these for 7 days, I fully intended to use them and I found that the first week wasn't anywhere near as hard as I expected to be so I was happy with the product however I forgot to put a new patch on on my 8th day. I had taken my patch off before showering and then in a rush gone out to work without thinking about it, I realised once at work and was quite anxious to begin with expecting to have bad cravings but they didn't come and so I decided if I had gone without a patch on then I was strong enough to go without although I did keep using the inhalor, annoying when I had just bought another weeks supply. I would say that these patches did help and I am not sure I would have got through the first week without them especially with the added stress of a funeral to help organise. I would recommend these but would go to your doctor or stop smoking clinic for a presciption as otherwise they are very expensive.

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        03.01.2012 16:33
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        Other brands make better products

        Niquitin CQ 14mg patches:

        It's that time of year again when people starting making resolutions to loose weight, stop biting their nails and give up smoking. Most people give up by the 2nd of January, but those persistent people among us manage to stick to their resolutions.

        Personally, I try not to make any: because i'm useless at keeping them. I've tried to give up smoking so many times it's ridiculous. I once made a new years resolution to quit smoking and then about 30 minutes after midnight, found myself looking for a shop that was open to buy a pack.

        I've tried the gum, the sprays , the inhalators and the patches so far. The gum and the inhalators aren't a million miles away from chewing a lump of coal; or what I imagine that would taste like. The closest i've come to quitting has been through the use of the patches.

        There are many different brands of nicotine patches out there and there all pretty similar in their effect. Recently I've been using the Niquitin (14mg) patches that I picked up from Boots. The patches are designed as the second step in the Nicquitin programme, the first being a higher does patch (21mg) for heavier smokers (more than 10 a day) and step 3 being the lightest patch (7mg); designed to slowly wined you off cigarettes completely. Since I usually smoke less than 10 a day, I went for the second step.

        The patches come in a pack of 7, one for each day of the week and come in a sealed foil packet. You'll need scissors to open one of the foil packets, this is something that does become annoying, especially if you're in a rush. Once you're inside the packet you'll notice that the patch has a peel able back to it and all you're left with is a clear patch that you just stick on your arm and leave there throughout the day. I do like the fact that the patches are clear because it makes them less detectable if your wearing a sleeveless top.

        The effect: The first time you apply the patch, it feels a little unusual (almost like you can physically feel it working) but the feeling fades after a short while. The patch works great and does completely remove that need for nicotine. One great thing about these patches is that they are 24hour patches so you can wear them while you sleep; this removes that craving that some smokers get first thing in the morning. The patches release a small amount of nicotine throughout the day and stop you from reaching for that cigarette packet.

        THE DOWNSIDES:

        -While these patches do remove the need for nicotine, it doesn't get rid of the habit. You still find yourself looking for something to hold and eating bits and pieces to fill the void that having a cigarette once filled.

        -They are extremely expensive, at around £10-14 for a pack of 7, you don't feel the benefits of giving up smoking financially; at least not straight away anyways.

        -Personally, I found that this brand of patches are very itchy on your arm, i'm not sure if other people have found this but it made me want to scratch my arm all day long. Other brands of patches like Nicorette haven't given me this effect.

        -And finally, they leave a black square on your arm where the patch was, and this adhesive-like substance isn't the easiest thing to remove.

        IN CONCLUSION:

        The patches do serve a purpose and they do work to a certain extent, but as many smokers know they only cure 1 part of the habit. There are brands out there that work just as effectively without the itchiness and black marks, and for a slightly cheaper price. If you're planning to give up then I'd say use the patches but find a different brand because Niquitin don't cut the mustard for me.

        Oh and all Nicotine patches are currently half price in Boots, so that will help you save some money.

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          01.05.2011 16:42
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          Buy A Different Brand If You Want A Reliable Patch!

          My latest attempt to quit smoking has not gone entirely to plan, and whilst I readily admit that during the school holidays on a long weekend when there was lots of alcohol doing the rounds was a pretty pants time to try to stop, I would also have to lay some of the blame at the door of these patches for my less than successful attempt!


          Myself and my partner purchased these together after a fair amount of umming and ahing over the various Nicotine Replacement Therapies available in our local supermarket. Having already tried to quit before, we were familiar with patches (a different brand of patches helped us quit for 6 months last year before succumbing to the evil weed again!), so felt that given the relative success of last time we would like to give patches another go.


          Having made that decision, we decided on these particular ones partly because it was a brand name we recognised and had some faith in, but also because the idea of a clear (and hopefully un-noticeable) patch appealed to us...there is nothing worse than, as a trying to quit smoker, having a well-meaning someone point out your patch and make a comment along the lines of how its great you are giving up..the last thing you are trying to think about is tobacco in any shape or form and people highlighting the patch makes you do just that!


          Our decision to choose these was also influenced by the fact that they were several pounds cheaper than another well known brand of NRT, and after examining the labels of both, I couldn't find any reason other than name branding to account for this, as both brands had the same amount of nicotine etc in them and the ingredients lists looked virtually identical.


          As previous 20-ish a day smokers, we went for the step 1 patches, which contain 21mg of nicotine per patch. It recommends on the pack that anyone who smokes more than 10 cigarettes a day start with these for the first 6 weeks of quitting. I presume it means full strength cigarettes by this, not "lights", but that isn't really made explicit on the pack so is guesswork on my part! There are some contra-indications on the pack which state that people with serious liver or kidney disease, uncontrolled overactive thyroid gland or phaeochromocytoma or who are pregnant or breast feeding should consult a healthcare professional before use. We were none of these so went ahead and purchased a 7-day pack each and set off, hopeful and full of determination!


          The first stumbling block for me came when, as per the detailed instruction leaflet contained in the pack, I attempted to put on a patch soon after waking the next day. A bit bleary eyed and craving a cigarette, I was a bit miffed to discover I had to hunt down a pair of scissors in order to open the wrapper on the patch. They are foil wrapped and this is thick foil. There is no way you are getting into these little devils without scissor-like assistance! With a big sigh I tracked down the scissors, managed to pass them on to the other half without the niocotine withdrawal shorting my brain enough to make me stab him with them, and extracted the patch from the wrapper.


          Then came my second disappointment. The patch, whilst undeniably clear, is definitely not un-noticeable. It is made of pretty thick plastic, which is quite stiff, and very shiny. It also had the "lovely" effect of making the skin underneath it look a bit like very tightly prepacked chicken or something..not attractive in the slightest and it did draw the eye to the location of the patch! The skin underneath also went red, not violently so, but with the appearance of sunburn. And it itched. Oh my, did it itch. I did consider taking the patch off but contacted a nurse friend of mine who basically said everyone goes a bit red and has slightly irritated skin from NRT patches, and unless it got to the point of blisters I should stick with them. Having said that, I had much less noticeable reaction from the other brand I used last time. The itching wasn't constant but seemed to be worse if I bumped the patch on anything (even a sleeve), or got a bit warm. A constant reminder. Great.


          Another let down with these patches was that they are an absolute swine to get to stick at the edges, and ultimately failed to do this. Despite myself and my partner trying several bodily locations for the following few days, we never managed to get a single patch to stick down properly. This might sound minor, but it is hugely irritating when it keeps catching on your clothes and thus reminding you yet again that you are wearing a patch, oh yes, because you are trying to give up smoking, yes smoking, that thing you are trying so flippin hard not to think about has popped into your head yet again...thanks patch!


          On top of everything else, despite the fact that these patches were the same dosage we started off with last time we stopped, I really didn't feel that they were helping at all with the withdrawal, although this probably was because I was reminded of the patch and its associations by so many of its little flaws.


          Whilst I suppose I probably should've realised that a clear plastic patch was going to be shiny, I certainly didn't expect it to be so stiff as to peel away at the edges when you move, wherever you attempt to stick it to! Top that with the skin irritation and general discomfort of the thing and I definitely would not recomment these particular patches to anyone.

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            11.01.2011 12:51

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            not for anyone who wants to be discreet

            If you're hoping to wear a clear patch that can't be noticed by others then these AREN'T for you!

            1: Although the patch may be clear, it's made of a thick, shiny material (almost like a mobile phone screen protector). So any light shining on the patch almost blinds anyone within viewing distance.

            2: The lack of stickiness! Instructions tell you to make sure the patch is fully stuck down, especially around the edges. Well it would help if the patch was sticky enough to stay stuck down! The weight of the material used and it's lack of bendability prevents the patch sticking at the edges (unless you have a totally flat area of skin big enough to accomodate the huge patch). Their solution if the patch doesn't stick at the edges is to stick them down with medical tape. So now not only do I have a huge shiny patch that blinds everyone that looks it, their attention is drawn to it by a border of medical tape!

            Apart from these 'flaws' the patches do seem to be calming the nicotine cravings so far. But after this pack is finished I'll be going for the none clear option, in the hope that they will stick where they're supposed to stick.

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            27.08.2010 18:40
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            They Took Away My Cravings & Replaced Them With A Rash!

            When I first started thinking about quitting smoking I was planning on simply going cold turkey and just not smoking with no help. But then after a day of terrible mood swings and then smoking I decided there was no harm is tyring out a few different methods to help me quit and if it worked Id be a very happy (and slightly richer) bunny. So at first I decided patches were the way to go because everyone I know who has quit smoking said they really helped them and took the edge of their cravings so I went to the doctor's and was prescribed these "NiQuitin CQ Step 1" patches to start using the very next day. This review will not be like the rest of the reviews on here though as while everyone else raves about them I wont be!

            Useful Information:
            Price: £7.99 - 7 patches for 1 week's use. A lot of people will be able to get these from their doctor though free of charge so it may be worth checking it out that way first.
            Stockists: Chemists & Boots
            Other Information: Over 18's only, one patch is designed for a 24 hour use period & each patch has 21mg of nicotine to keep those cravings away all day.

            The idea with these patches is you use Stage 1 for a week and then hopefully move on to Stage 2 etc until you don't need them anymore so rather than going cold turkey your slowly getting rid of the addiction over time. It may seem like a better idea to quite straight away but having tried both if you are planning on quitting smoking it is much easier with help. Maybe not patches but another form.

            So on Monday morning I slapped one of these patches on my arm and went shopping with a friend - who by the way is a smoker and was smoking around me. For a few hours I was very happy I had no cravings at all even though I was around cigarette smoke and I had no mood swings, headaches or any other withdrawal symptom at all so I though these were really working well for me and cravings wise they did. However these caused some other side effects for me.

            I'm not sure many people will realise this but nicotine patches STINK! Like rotten fish guts or something but I didn't find the smell to be that strong so I was still confident to go out and about wearing one. The smell of material had a very different effect on my skin though. Yes you've guessed it I was allergic to them! When I took my patch off before bed I noticed the bit of skin it had been on was really red and bumpy but I just passed it off as there's been a patch there all day of course its going to be red! But the next morning the spots had gone all down my arm and looked really weird. I did try these patches one more time on the opposite arm and I had the same effect which is such a shame because if I weren't allergic I think these would have helped me quit for good.

            I do recommend them to a certain extent but I strongly suggest doing a bit of a skin test first just to make sure even if you've not been affected by nicotine products in the past. If I hadn't been allergic I would give these the full 5 stars but sadly that horrible rash has knocked them down to 2! They are good if your not allergic!

            Thanks For Reading

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              It worked for me. Over a year of cigarettes and never look back!

              After failing miserably using the Nicorette inhaler I thought I would never achieve my goal of not smoking but alas I decided on July 1st of last year to give it another go and I am delighted to say I have not had one cigarette since!

              These came at a bit of a price. It cost me 45 euro for one box which lasts 6 weeks. I ended up buying 4 boxes through the treatment so in total it cost me 180 euro. Although I didn't feel so bad because compared to what I would have been smoking which was a packet a day I still saved myself money so that perked up my will power a bit more.

              The treatment with these patches are based on three steps. There are 3 types of boxes of these patches too so be sure when you start off that you do buy the right ones for you. It is recommended according to their website as follows:



              * For 6 weeks, start with the Step 1 (21mg) NiQuitin Patch if you smoke 10 or more cigarettes a day. (Go straight to Step 2 (14mg) if you smoke less).
              * For a further 2 weeks, change to the Step 2 (14mg) NiQuitin Patch. (Alternatively start with Step 2 (14mg) for 6 weeks if you are a light smoker).
              * Finally, move onto the Step 3 (7mg) NiQuitin Patch for 2 weeks.
              Following the step-down programme will let you gradually wean yourself off nicotine so you can quit for good.



              I started on the Step 1 patches as I smoked 20 but to be honest I think I would have been better of starting at Step 2 because during the initial stage of wearing the patches I became very sick. I was just very nauseous whenever the patches were changed and it was awful. I think this was because it was too strong for me. Maybe they need to take into account the strength of the cigarettes you were actually smoking because I would recommend people should start on Step 2 and then if this doesn't work go to Step 1 and try over because I had a few nights that I was dying to take off the patch because I didn't want to feel that bad. One night I did take off the patch and it made me ten times worse so be warned once you start do not take the patch off suddenly! I know they warn you not to do this but I never thought anything of this warning but I wish I had!

              After a few days I really came around and couldn't have felt better. I think your body just needs a week to get everything out of the system and start fresh. I felt like a whole new person and surprisingly unlike my last attempts I had no urge to smoke and no cravings! At times I could feel a gust of loveliness come over me and yes this was the nicotine! But seriously it does work wonders. The only problem I found was moving from Step 1 to the second and the third I felt sick again for a few hours but that was just my body getting used to the new limit.

              I was scared when I was due to finish on the patches because I knew they were still pumping me with nicotine somewhat and it was hard but after two days I felt great again. It really was a rollercoaster ride but the difference is with these patches I didn't want to get off. I had the will power to move on because I suppose the struggle wasn't as tough as cold turkey because it took away the nastiness of those cravings that keep dragging you back into the smokey pit of tobacco!

              Anyway I never thought I would do it and if your like me and truly want to give up then you will achieve it with this treatment. Funny thing to mention is that the skin coloured patches seemed to stick better than the clear ones. Just keep in mind if your not going to be wearing tshirts or anything I would get the skin coloured instead of clear. I also had red patches wherever I put the patch and they could be itchy but they will fade after a day.

              Good luck if you are trying!

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                A good stop smoking aid if you can get it at a reasonable price

                ** My Experience **

                This product is quite expensive, and I know people would say that in the long run you will be better off so it is worth the spend, but to a smoker it makes no sense to spend more on a packet of this than a packet of cigarettes. I did not have this problem though as the pharmacy at Boots is offering these at prescription prices as long as you sign up to their smoking cessation programme. This basically means that you go in once a week for your patches for which you pay prescription prices, and once a month they test your breathe to make sure you have not been smoking.

                The product itself is easy to use. I don't think the fact that the patches are clear makes any difference as you can still clearly see them reflecting in the light. I tended to wear them on my upper thigh or on my lower back. The relief from nicotine is okay. I used the inhalater as well to give it an extra boost now and again, particularly at times of stress. Sometimes I found that I had difficulty sleeping with these patches, mainly waking up very early in the morning and sometimes I would have nightmares which I don't normally have. Apart from that, they are a very effective way of stopping smoking.


                ** Further Information **

                NiQuitin CQ Clear is designed to help you to stop smoking. The programme contains 3 Steps which you need to follow.

                Step 1. NiQuitin CQ Clear 21mg for 6 weeks
                Step 2. NiQuitin CQ Clear 14mg for 2 weeks
                Step 3. NiQuitin CQ Clear 7mg for 2 weeks

                If you smoke 10 or less cigarettes a day, then you can start with Step 2 for 6 weeks and then progress on to Step 3 for 2 weeks.


                ** Cautions **

                Do not use NiQuitin CQ Clear Patches if:

                You are allergic to nicotine or any of the other ingredients
                You have suffered a heart attack or stroke
                You suffer from irregular heartbeat or angina

                You must talk to your doctor before using NiQuitin CQ Clear if:

                You are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breast feeding
                You have heart or circulation problems
                You suffer from dematitis or other skin disorders
                You have a stomach ulcer or an over active thyroid gland
                You are an insulin dependent diabetic
                You have been diagnosed as having Phaeochromocytoma
                If you are taking Caffeine, Theophylline, Imipramine, Pentazocine, Phenacetin, Phenylbutazone, Tacrine, Chlomipramine, Asthma remedies or blood pressure remedies, as the body may change the way it responds to these drugs when using the product.


                ** Age Restrictions **

                You must be at least 18 to buy this product.


                ** Price **

                This product is widely available both in the high street and online.

                Boots stock this product at the following prices:
                £7.99 (Step 1), £13.29 (Step 2), £13.99 (Step 3)

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                hi i have giving up smoking using the niquitin patch, altough i think they are great i find the side effects not so great such as weird dreams ,waking up a few times at night,also and this is the worse i have a constant wind pain in my stomack and a bad wind prob which my family r not taking to kindly to,o well at least i don't stink af fags.has anybody else had this prob and how long before it go's away?

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                Very effective, discrete subsidy for a horrible habit.

                Have been on and off smoking for most of my adult life. Started using these patches when I joined a Give Up Smoking club and got them on prescription. They worked well and I gave up smoking for 8 years. Ashamed to admit that during a difficult time, I started again a year ago. I am now back on the patches and find they help a great deal. They take away the craving and stop me eating quite so much and feeling irritable, but they don't takle the depressed feeling that starts in the first 6-8 weeks. I am using stage two as the stronger ones made me feel quite ill. I find the patch itches when I first apply it, but this subsides. The other side effect I don't like are the vivid dreams I have. My partner laughs at the marks I have all over my back from the glue left by the patches. I hope this time I will quit for good - have started running and cycling to keep fit. I buy my patches from Tesco as they seem to be the cheapest at £12-£13 for 7 patches - sounds expensive but much less than 7 days worth of cigarettes! Fingers crossed!

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                  well worth a try if you really want to quit?

                  I have to admit that I've smoked for too many years & hate to think what it's done to my health & my bank balance. Both my parents smoked but I can't blame them - I chose to smoke & stupidly started on my 21st birthday - the worst 'present' ever!

                  I've tried a few times to give up & hubby succeeded but I remained addicted, my daughters are both anti-smoking but everyone seemed to nag me which just stressed me out & made me want to smoke even more.

                  Enough of the excuses.....

                  I 'm still getting over a series of bad chest infections plus pneumonia & have spent the last few weeks traipsing either to visit my GP or our local chest clinic at the hospital. Surprisingly nobody really suggested quitting smoking as I wasn't classed as a 'heavy user' but having observed patients coughing & having breathing problems, yet leaving the surgery/hospital couldn't wait to light up, made me re-think what the heck I was doing.

                  I'd priced these NiQuitin CQ patches in Lloyds for around £12 for 7 & hesitated - I know it's cheaper than smoking but times are hard... (another excuse!) but as I'd invested in a pre-payment prescription for medicine my GP issued me a script.

                  They come separately wrapped in little plastic wallets which you just cut open with scissore. I'd tried patches a few years ago but they smelled revolting & didn't stick - but these have no odour & stick perfectly without peeling around the edges.

                  Full instructions on using them plus advice on quitting smoking & a helpline is provided which helped give me an incentive. There's a step 1,2 &3 plan all with varying amounts of nicotine - step1 is 21mg,step 2 is 14ml & step 3 is 7mg.

                  I must admit that although I didn't expect the patches to work that well I was surprised how good they are. I wouldn't say that my desire to have a cig has gone by any means but I don't feel I HAVE to have one & know that if my craving grew there was some way of getting support.

                  I haven't experienced any side effects & my desire to smoke has lessened each day I've been using them so I would recommend giving these a try if you want to give up smoking.

                  However, it does state on the box that '..designed to support your wish to stop smoking' so some willpower is required. It also states that the product isn't designed for non-smokers(?!), occasional smokers, under 12, those with heart problems or anyone suffering from allergies to the ingredients (listed on the box).

                  summary
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                  - well worth a try if you want to give up.
                  - not suitable for everyone.
                  - well packaged & good support system available through NiQuitin.
                  - don't smell, stick well & each patch lasts 24 hours.

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                    easy way to help you stop smoking

                    I smoked for half my life, and tried a few times to give up. I tried just going cold turkey, which didn't work. Also tried the gum and different patches. Now After having been on the niquitin cq for 6 weeks, I can honestly say, I'm never going to smoke again. This has been so easy to stop using these patches, They totally take the craving away. When I first used them, I was a bit sceptical about them, but there hasn't been a time when i've felt I 'needed a fag'. You are supposed to wear them for 24 hours a day, but I take mine off before I go to bed, and put a fresh one on in the morning. The only downside to them, is that when you put the patch on, for the first ten minutes the area, you put it on is extremely itchy, but that soon passes.

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                    25.02.2009 13:20
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                    Recommended for anyone wishing to quit smoking

                    I have recenly tried to quit smoking which i have finally succeeded, but before i managed this i always struggled in finding a product which will suit me and help me. Gum tasted horrible and made me want to throw up, the inhalors available didnt help me at all, so i thought i would try patches.
                    These patches have helpmed me loads, i only wore them for a week but anyone that needs them longer the product has three stages to slowly withdraw the nicotine out of your system, thus making it alot easier for your mind and body. The only problem i had myself was putting the patch on my arm, as it made my arm go numb and very uncomfortable, but then i inserted it onto my upper thigh and the only problem was itching which lasted only 10 minutes.

                    I would recommend these patches to anybody trying to quit, it depends on the person if it works but it certainly worked for me, and there also see through for people who consider the look!!
                    So enjoy and good luck quitting!!!

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                    25.06.2008 21:08
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                    I have been smoking for over half of my life. I was influenced by peers at school, started to smoke with my friends at lunch time and before I knew it I was buying them myself, addicted to nicotine, and spending more money that what I wanted to. It all starts that way, when you are young and smoking is something that you will always crave for at some point even if you have managed to give up.

                    Over the years, many people have kept saying to me that I should give up smoking and I have tried many methods including cold turkey, nicotine chewing gum, nicotine patches, all of which do help to a certain extent, however its the willpower and the want to quit that has to be as powerful as the actual products themselves.

                    When the smoking ban came into effect thats when I decided it was time for me to do something about it and if you go to the doctors they will put you on the best plan available and you can obtain these sort of products on a prescription which is much more cost effective than buying them over the counter in a pharmacy or supermarket.

                    Niquitin come in various different types, different colours, different strengths depending on how many cigarettes you smoke in a day. The patches that I was prescribed were clear square patches about two inches in diameter, and I was given 24 hour patches which are based on if you smoke more than ten cigarettes a day.

                    The patch is classed as stage one of the quitting programme, and contains 114mg nicotine and delivers 21mg of the nicotine into the system over a 24 hour period. All you do is apply it to your skin and let it do its work.

                    The good thing about 24 hour patches is that when your 24 hours are over you stick another one on and you don't have to go throgh the process of waiting for it to get into your system, so basically you sleep in it and put another one on first thing in the morning, where as some brands only support 16 hours.

                    The product does work, I didn't suffer cravings at all, which is strange that you don't want a cigarette, so if you have willpower these will be great for you. However, the problem with myself, I hadn't got the willpower and still found it hard, and unfortunately I failed to quit. I have though cut down a lot which is great, however I don't think now is the right time for me, and you need to want to quit instead of feeling pressured into quitting. I am aware of a lot of people who have been successful on this product, however I am not one of them.

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                      03.03.2008 22:54
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                      Best decision in a long time

                      Hi everyone. I have now been smoke free for 8 days! I think this is a huge achievement. Used to smoke 20 cigs a day for about 19 years now and am so fed up now of paying a fortune for them but not allowed to smoke them in public, basically which has made me to decide to give up! I like some other people who have posted a review got in touch with a smoking cessation clinic who advised me on the best procedure for me, whether to attend a class or attend my local chemist. I decided to attend my local chemist who give me the prescription for the patches and check how I am getting on, on a weekly basis. The cost involved in this scheme is one prescription charge every 4 weeks (£6,85). The patches are working great. I have sensitive skin and the patches have been fine except for the slight burning sensation each time a new one is applied which I have been able to cope with as it hasn't lasted too long once on (maybe about 20 minutes but does calm down and doesn't leave a rash). The patches have totally taken the edge off the need for a cigarette. I am having the vivid dreams but again considering I have now been smoke free for 8 days can cope with as the patches are only a 10 week program and totally worth it to be smoke free. My biggest reason for doing this is saving money and to date I have saved myself £40. So far my sense of smell has increased and I am doing more to keep active aswell. Would definitely recommend these patches for anyone considering stopping smoking. They are almost like magic! Good luck to everyone on staying smoke free!

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                      The only nicotine patch to come with a clinically proven stop smoking plan (the Committed Quitters Stop Smoking plan) which is specifically personalised and tailored to your needs