This is really a question to people who have quit using a nicotine patch or have knowledge in the nicotine patch field.
A little backbround:
So I wanted to quit smoking but I knew from past experience that I would need help. No big deal. I am man enough to admit that I couldn’t do it alone.
Anyway, I started in mid October using Nicoderm CQ brand patches. The program is set up into 3 steps.
21 mg patch per day for 6 weeks - No major setbacks. A few moments of angst but I got through the 6 weeks with relative ease.
14 mg patch per day for 2 weeks - By now many of the smoking habits were being washed away or replaced. Doing good so far.
7 mg patch per day for 2 weeks - Here in lies the problem.
I went to the drug store on Sunday to pick up my final two weeks worth of patches. The damn Duane-Read (NYC drug store chain) was out of NicodermCQ - Step Three. So I wound up buying the Duane Read brand patches. I looked quickly at the box and noticed that they were 7 mg which was exactly what I needed. Then I noticed the price was much cheaper than NicodermCQ and I felt like I was a moron for buying the namebrand this whole time.
So I get home and take the box out the bag and take a closer look and notice that it is only one week worth (7 patches). That explains the much cheaper price. Also their program is designed for only 8 weeks instead of 10. Why? I don’t know.
Ok so I have been using these generic patches for the past two days and they do not seem to be as effective. Is this a normal feeling in the final stages of “the patch”? Is it psychological? Could these patches be defective? Should I go out and get the name brand and ditch these?
The only other times I have felt the burden of quitting is on the few days that I forgot to put the patch on before I left for work. I made home w/o smoking but at least I knew why I felt that way.
Anyone have any insight?
Thanks in advance.
BTW, I am on my way home now so I am going to check the expiration date to make sure they didn’t expire.