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Addicted to nicotine lozenges

Posted in Quit experiences 23 Mar 2021

I looked up ‘do nicotine lozenges have carbs in’ today.. I discovered that lozenges raise blood sugar and can cause insulin resistance.. Great. I’ve been addicted to them on and off for over four years. I’ve dropped from 2mg to 1mg but chain chew them. I never am without one while awake. If I haven’t got one I crave one within about 30 mins. My throat is sore, my kidneys ache and my urine is weird (not a uti, I checked) and my teeth are deteriorating badly.

I had my last one a few hours ago and my body is yelling for the next one. But I’m stopping, no more. I’m already overweight and likely pre diabetic so food and nicotine have become a crazy emotional crutch. This year I will reclaim my life, or I’ll try anyway.

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  • Robn March 23, 2021 | 19:12
    Good for you Rosie, take control back. You can do this.....have a plan for each day, get active and try not to sit around too much, this only leads to dwelling on what you feel you are craving. Get a hobby....find something that you enjoy doing to distract yourself. Remember it is all in your change the way you think. You can do this...believe in yourself
  • Happiness March 23, 2021 | 23:06
    Stick with it Rosie. The nicotine addiction itself is only a few hours. You are past if not over that part in about 72 hours and it gets better. So little time, for such freedom ahead.
    You have already dealt with the psychological part of quitting smoking. This new habit could be substituted, need be with perhaps regular gum which would be better than sugar and calories in candy.

    The good news is that you obviously hate popping these and there is no love relationship like you had with the cigarette. We do not crave what we do not want. The body will adjust to it's absence quickly. Smile, you will soon be free!
  • PuffNoMore, Southern NSW March 24, 2021 | 0:43
    I remember using nicotine lozenges and nicotine patches together a few years ago! I think I was smoke free for roughly 150day's. And I mean, it was rough and difficult everyday and night. I was cutting down on the strength of both as the weeks went by. It was working, but, not in a satisfactory way. I think I stopped using the patches by the 12 week program as directed by my doctor and as per instructions. However. I continued with the lozenge for quite a few more weeks and far fewer too.
    Ofcoarse every one's Quit can be uniquely their own way, but, I now realised the nicotine dosage in my first 12 weeks was way too much and it war me down. And, I did try a puff and eventually grew to full blown smoking once again, LOL.
    I simply gave in to temptation, because I wasnt ready. Some will say I had a faulty Mindset. Others could say I wasn't serious enough. And their all correct to a degree!
    Just some advice about the lozenge or the gum, they are not to be chewed! They are for what they call parking it, between the gum and cheek for infusion into the skin that way.
    Oh, and this time around I'd park a piece of crystalized or UN-crystalized GINGER instead of the nicotine products.
    It made a big difference and quicker to Quit properly.
    I did welcome the withdrawal process too. I was Free apart from some uncomfortable periods after meals etc.
    I found the first 3 days very challenging and by the 3rd week, I'd beat it.

    Just as I side note with the GINGER. I developed some ulcers on my tongue. The doctor took a byopsy at 3 months and another at 8 month's thinking possible cancer, ouch. I look back on that with laughter now, but boy, I done it the hard way once gain, haha.
    Needless to say I'm not addicted to GINGER either.

    Good night all.
  • softly40, Mid North Coast March 24, 2021 | 7:18
    Hi Rosieroo, My neice was on lozenges for nearly 5 years, it is meant to be short term, not long term because it is still an addictive drug.

    Seriously get off the lozenges to begin with, and do some research on Low carb while you are getting off the thing at a time. No stress and meditation seems it might help to begin with now. This is a long term approach. NOPE {not one puff ever)
  • Happiness March 24, 2021 | 9:15
    When I tried a concoction of ginger and turmeric, I didn't feel like lighting up one morning and found myself on a quit site. Ginger has been said to curb cravings. It may well be true. FYI

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