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From Medication adjustments
Often when people quit smoking they may find that medications that were adjusted for them while smoking may be altered in effectiveness once quitting. People on hypertensives, thyroid, depression, blood sugar drugs, and others may need to get re-evaluated for proper dosages once quitting.
The first few days quitting can be very difficult to determine, what is a "normal" withdrawal and what is a medication dosage issue. But once through the first few days, if a person who is on medications for medical disorders finds him or herself having physical symptoms that just seem out of the ordinary, he or she should speak to the doctor who has him or her on the medications. Point out to the doctor that you have recently quit smoking and started to notice the specific symptoms just after quitting and that they haven't improved over time. The doctor should know the medication and potential interaction that not smoking may be adjusting for and which way the dosing may need to altered.
Treating many conditions is a partnership between you and your physician. The doctor needs your input to effectiveness of any treatment, whether it be by physical measurements or by verbally communicating how you feel while under treatment. The treatment for one condition though is your primary responsibility. The condition--nicotine addiction. It is by no means a minor medical issue, it is in fact probably the greatest controllable health threat anyone will ever face. After all, what other lifestyle issues carry a 50% premature mortality rate? Not to mention all the other crippling side effects that go along with long-term smoking. The treatment for this condition is your primary responsibility. To effectively treat smoking for the rest of your life simply remember to never take another puff!
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"Note: during the first week or so of a quit I would not recommend doing things that could cause a trigger…"
That is pretty difficult to do considering most things a person does once they wake up could be a trigger.
Being locked-up to quit smoking
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Doc Quit date 14th October 2008
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Oct 13 11 7:38 AM
Good morning all,Thanks for the support Larua, Doc, DFG, and Gary.Its day 16 of freedom from nicotene. I'm over half way to Green. 16 days is the longest I was ever able to go w/o a fix before. When I quit that time, I had no education or support. Thats the reason I believe I'm totally free this time. I realize I am the one who has to NTAP, but it feels so much less lonely doing it with a group of others facing the same battles. Another difference this time is that I get to hear from lots of people who are long past green that keep reinforcing the fact that it gets better. Plus, the education I get is like being in a fight and knowing every move your opponent is going to make in advance. Every step of the way, I have known what to expect. That is a huge advantage in a fight.Yesterday was another good day. The good days are out numbering the bad now. Had a couple small wants, but they were brushed aside. This morning, I went out to my car and decided I should stop by my secret gas station and let the guy that is always working at 5:00 in the morning know I quit. He has been selling me cigarettes at this time for many years. He doesn't know me other than to see me, but I think I will stop by just to tell him. Didn't have time this morning to do that, but its now on my short list of things to do.Keep posting. Keep reading. NTAPDtrain - Day 16 of knowing I'm an addict, but not taking a fix
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Oct 13 11 10:01 AM
"16 days is the longest I was ever able to go w/o a fix before. When I quit that time, I had no education or support. Thats the reason I believe I'm totally free this time. "
From I've tried everything to quit and nothing works
For people who are a bit concerned that it is impossible for you to quit because you tried "all the other ways" before, don't sweat it. It is usually that you tried a bunch of other ways that by their own limitations had a lousy chance of success. Even the cold-turkey you tried, if it was without a true understanding of the addiction and what you were fighting had severe limitations. It wasn't that your ability to quit didn't exist, your techniques or preparation were just not methods that a true drug addiction was going to be respond to. If you follow our advice and everybody's lead here, this quit will be different.
Have you noticed some of these "lost" long-term quits?
Just want to be careful with the use of the term "totally free"
"Was I addicted?"
Strings related to your second paragraph:
Avoiding triggers (I'm glad you are not intimidated to go to the station.)
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