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Eric101
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Another day - Nicorette Spray advice

Posted in Quit experiences 27 Apr 2013
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Okay - another day and so far, so good. I've been using the Nicorette Freshmint Spray. It does indeed give me a good, solid injection of nicotine, but for anyone that wants to try it, be forewarned that it's unpleasant at first and it takes some getting used to. BUT then again, so did smoking. (Remember getting dizzy and sick on those first few? This isn't anywhere like that)

The trick is to spray it under your tongue. So open wide, look at yourself in the mirror and roll your tongue back. (No, I'm not be obscene here, though one might wonder)   :) 

Spray it right under your tongue and then close your mouth. You have to be ready because the first four or five times will offer a bad taste and a mild burning sensation under the tongue, right on the area where it's been sprayed. It's temporary, and if it's too uncomfortable, you can rinse with water and the sensation goes away. However, it's something that gets easier over time and it does act as a pretty effective aid. My cravings are there indeed, but I think it's far more "habit" related instead of chemical cravings for the nicotine itself.

And rice cakes help!  LoL  Lots and lots of rice cakes.

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  • dr.feelgood, Western NSW April 27, 2013 | 11:09
    it sounds like alot of hard work to me why don't you just stop all together cravings only last for short time buy the time you get ready for the spray the craving would have past, oh well all the best.
  • Eric101, Northern Sydney April 27, 2013 | 11:21
    Dr. Feelgood? I'm afraid that it's sort of thing that I find least helpful. Quitting is more complex that. I have tried to "stop all together" on more occasions than I wish to recount. It's not a successful method for me. I have a lot of variables that contribute to my own habit. Aids such as sprays and patches offer a more comfortable releif for me. However, I do appreciate your input.
  • goonellabah2002, Northern NSW April 27, 2013 | 17:47
    I have wondered about buying the spray Eric, so thanks for the heads up on it. At present every time I go to the chemist they are out of stock, it seems that as soon as they get it in it goes out of stock and this is for all the chemists in town. I have the patches and they seem to be working well and am just over my 8 weeks and using only half a patch.
    Good luck
  • Eric101, Northern Sydney April 27, 2013 | 18:28
    Oh thats really good to hear. I'm glad that the thoughts and words helped a little bit. Congradulations on making it 8 weeks. Well done.
  • MargW, Hunter New England April 28, 2013 | 10:01
    The spray I do agree was horrible the 1st time but found it helped me when a strong craving hit. I use it very rarely now but take it everywhere, knowing I have back up helps and it knocks the craving out of the ball park. Although my son know when I take it as I get the hiccups lol
  • oldrocka, Nepean Blue Mountains April 28, 2013 | 17:40
    what ever works for you eric, most of us on here understand where your coming from i needed the champix and at first if i had a beer i needed a nicobate mini as well.Finshed my champix and have not had a mini for 8 or so weeks.still smoke free but still feel like one now and again and i,m sure i will for quite somtime to come.
    may be the good dr should change his name to dr why don't you just stop! Seems thats the only advice i,v seen him give to any one on here.
    good luck eric
  • Wardie December 26, 2013 | 17:55
    Has anyone been getting the hiccups from this after every spray I seem to get the hiccups :/
  • shari January 07, 2014 | 6:10
    I managed to give up for 4 years with the aid of Champnix, sadly a problem in my life in 2013 started me smoking again and I cant tske Chsmpanix again. I dont need heavy nicotine as i am only smoking lightly - suggestions would be most welcome! Thanks everyone.
  • shari January 07, 2014 | 6:10
    I managed to give up for 4 years with the aid of Champnix, sadly a problem in my life in 2013 started me smoking again and I cant tske Chsmpanix again. I dont need heavy nicotine as i am only smoking lightly - suggestions would be most welcome! Thanks everyone.
  • VSabella January 10, 2014 | 23:48
    I've tried to quite smoking six times in the last 2 years, this is my 7th attempt.

    On my first attempt I tried patches and I lasted 3 days.

    Second attempt cold turkey. I had totally convinced myself that I was ready to quit and I wasn't going to fail... lasted less than one day.

    Third time, back to patches which lasted 4 days before I caved.

    Fourth was gum, tasted horrible and made me want to have a cigarette to rid myself of the memory. Lasted about 6 hours.

    Fifth attempt hypnosis therapy (very expensive) and I lasted 2 days... however I personally know five people who stopped smoking immediately after only one session. Everyone I know who's tried hynosis has quit and stayed quit, and it's been more than a year for most of them, which is why I thought it seemed like a good option. Not sure why it didn't work for me... perhaps I'm not open-minded enough?

    Sixth attempt, about a month ago, I enlisted the help of my best friend and partner. I gave them each a packet of my cigarettes to hold onto. I asked that they not let me touch the packet so I didn't have any control over when I got to smoke, but they would hand me a cigarette if I asked for one. This worked pretty well, I cut back considerably. I made "non-smoking" areas in my life, such as in the car, at home and at work. My biggest hurdle has always been smoking while having a few beers at the pub, the good thing about this system was that my friend would dole out my ciagrettes throughout the evening, then take them away with her so I didn't have the temptation when I got home. I relied on my partner (a staunch non-smoker) to give me cigarettes at other times if I got desperate. I managed to stay on-track with this plan for nearly 2 weeks and cut down from a pack a day to between 4-7 cigarettes a day, but I ended up buying myself a pack and was back to square one. If you're planning to try something like this you'll need friends who are super patient and forgiving.

    Which brings me to today! 5 days ago I started a "combined therapy" treatment of patches and Nicorette Quick Mist. Since I started I haven't had a single cigarette. My cravings have been totally manageable and I find that I can go for hours at a time without even thinking about smoking. Last night, just to test myself, I sat down and imagined the act of sitting down in my favourite chair, lighting a cigarette and having that first delicious puff. My resolve didn't waver even for a second. Before I tried this method, that kind of thinking would have had me driving around looking for a 24-hour servo at 3 in the morning. It feels like a miracle!

    So here I am, 5 days and counting - and still going strong. I plan to see out the full 3-month course with the patches, and continue with the spray along the way. (This method has been so effective that I only use the spray between 5-10 times a day... without patches you can use it up to 4 times an hour or 64 times a day).

    I've never lasted this long before, and I've definitely never made it this far without battling some intense cravings. I believe the combination of patches and spray is to thank for my success so far. I would recommend this to anyone who's tried other methods of quitting in the past.

    Sorry about the long post, I'm just so excited at having found my way after so long. I'll come back in a few weeks with an update on my progress.
  • chrismci February 17, 2014 | 15:13
    I'm more or less in the same situation as VSabella. I was smoking for about fifteen years and decided it was time. I tried a few times before but the urge throughout the day really was too great. It wasn't a constant urge but maybe around fifteen times a day I would just get extremely short tempered and felt I wasn't in control of anything. I came across Quickmist just by accident, it was next to the patches on the supermarket shelf with $15 off so I bought the patches and gave the Quickmist a try. The first time I tried it I used two sprays in the car which was a huge mistake. My daughter thought I was dying as I was coughing so violently, it took me five minutes to recover. For the first week I used the patches and the spray and it was great, no real cravings. The spray actually made me feel disgusted even thinking about smoking. When the patches finished after the first week I decided to only use the spray and I felt no difference compared to only using the spray. It's been six weeks to the day and haven't looked back. I'm on my fifth spray so I'm averaging around nine days per spray which is okay. The only minor drawback of the spray is the expense. In my local store in Toronto it costs around $46 per spray and a pack of smokes cost $7.50. I was on about a pack a day so the expense is really about the same. Luckily I have family in the UK and I get them shipped over. They are so much cheaper in Europe. A pack of two costs around $32 from amazon.co.uk. Unfortunately, all nicotine products aren't allowed to be posted to Canada. If anyone has family in Europe get them to wrap a few inside a tshirt an you'll be fine. It's worked for me four times out of four. Good luck everyone.
  • chrismci February 17, 2014 | 15:30
    I'm more or less in the same situation as VSabella. I was smoking for about fifteen years and decided it was time. I tried a few times before but the urge throughout the day really was too great. It wasn't a constant urge but maybe around fifteen times a day I would just get extremely short tempered and felt I wasn't in control of anything. I came across Quickmist just by accident, it was next to the patches on the supermarket shelf with $15 off so I bought the patches and gave the Quickmist a try. The first time I tried it I used two sprays in the car which was a huge mistake. My daughter thought I was dying as I was coughing so violently, it took me five minutes to recover. For the first week I used the patches and the spray and it was great, no real cravings. The spray actually made me feel disgusted even thinking about smoking. When the patches finished after the first week I decided to only use the spray and I felt no difference compared to only using the spray. It's been six weeks to the day and haven't looked back. I'm on my fifth spray so I'm averaging around nine days per spray which is okay. The only minor drawback of the spray is the expense. In my local store in Toronto it costs around $46 per spray and a pack of smokes cost $7.50. I was on about a pack a day so the expense is really about the same. Luckily I have family in the UK and I get them shipped over. They are so much cheaper in Europe. A pack of two costs around $32 from amazon.co.uk. Unfortunately, all nicotine products aren't allowed to be posted to Canada. If anyone has family in Europe get them to wrap a few inside a tshirt an you'll be fine. It's worked for me four times out of four. Good luck everyone.
  • Pretty Paws March 01, 2016 | 23:22
    hey Wardie! you're not the only one! I had the hiccups the whole evening after spraying ;p haha
  • Thewindowcleaner December 10, 2016 | 16:37
    I quit the Nicorette Spray Mist on the 5th April 2015. Its now the 10th December 2016. I found it a lot easier to quit the cigarettes using this form of medicine, but thats what it is medical treatment/ medication. I have found it to be even more addictive that smoking cigarettes and I've never had a history of depression, and have felt as low and as bad as this. If i dont have spray, i can't sleep. Its so bad. This is an addictive medical treatment, and it needs to be controlled in a way, so it can't be abused.
  • Nick1970, Sydney December 10, 2017 | 11:33
    Hi Folks, I can confirm that Eric101 advice is extremely good.
    Have seen a counsellor for sometime specialising in NRT and she said the Nicorette spray is the most fast and effective way to administer nicotine into the blood. The downside is that it can gas acid reflux and a number of other issues.
    I have followed Eric101's advice for some time with a slight change.
    I suffer from acid reflux and the effects of the spray on my stomach are dreadful. For those of you that have similar issues, I spray it 3-4 times under my tongue, leave it in my mouth for as long as possible and then spit it out.
    Not so stylish and glamorous but it sure does the trick

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