They do work in the long term.
After 48 years of being a smoker, decided it was time to say goodbye to the smokes... The first few days were hell. I decided it just wasn't worth feeling so awful but what could I do about it, I really want to quit. The only strategy that worked for me (and is still working), is to still be able to have at least 3 cigarettes a day..., have cut the patches in half and applied them four hours apart. I noted like many others that the patches do not stick very well so I put sticky tape over them. No nasty side effects with cutting the patches. I...then tried to only have half a patch all day...., nasty, the withdrawals kicked in pretty bad, agitated, all the usual stuff. So back to what works... I have no intention of following the stipulated program of 6 weeks etc I am going to do what works for me if I am to have any hope of totally giving up, even if it takes 6 months of patches, if that's what it takes, so be it.
Purchased in August 2019 for $34.00.
Has side effects and doesn't stick properly but works over time
After 40 years of smoking this is the first choice for me under the PBS and for me the most reasonable way to beat an addiction.
But the transition into the first few weeks have been troublesome with the patches causing skin irritation and large welts on the skin areas although the patches making me not want to smoke. If the patches stick properly and don't irritate you then they do work at stopping you from smoking.
Purchased in June 2019.
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Won't stick and terrible side affects
The patches wont stick, after about an hr they come loose and the edges lift and then it hardly stays on, you have to constantly press on it to make it stick
I had terrible side affects from about 30m after putting it on. Terrible nausea, weird headaches, racing heartbeat and raised anxiety. Had to take the patch off 3 days in a row as the side affects were so bad.
The fact these are on the PBS is horrible. The government should not be subsidising this product.
Would not recommend and wont use again.
I have tried a bunch of times to quit, like everyone else, we talk ourselves out if it, I’ll just have one, I’ll only smoke when we go out! I decided to quit for New Years resolution, I find it easier when I’m at work, I like the routine, so on January 2 I attempted my quit, I put on a patch, and lasted 6 days without smoking, then I started to really really want a cigarette, (the other problem being my husband is still smoking!) the nonesense that is cravings only last up to 10 minutes is complete nonesense! what I did differently this time, ...I continued to use the patches, I had the odd cigarette, when it got really hard, never more than 5 a day, some days only one. I used will power somewhat, I didn’t smoke at work, only at home. Then after about 2 weeks of smoking i went out for my morning coffee, wasn’t sure if I really wanted one, but you know what it’s like, so I lit one, and immediately put it out, it tasted sooooooo bad, I haven’t smoked since, so, what I’m getting at, this really worked for me, the patches do work, but I think it’s a combination of patch, will power and smoking, until you are ready or the patches have properly kicked in! ive tried patches/cold turkey so many times, this is the first time I feel it’s worked, it’s the first time I actually feel like a non smoker. As for them sticking, I have had no problems, I stick them on a bum cheek, and my knickers keep them pressed against my skin, haven’t had one fall off. I hope this way helps someone else get across the line!
These are the worst of 3 brands I have tried. They don't stick, they leave gum like glue on my skin that won't wash off and they leave my skin welted, blistered and stinging.
I've not had this problem with any other brands.
The government should look for something much less rubbish before putting it out on the PBS.
I can't imagine how they ever got to market with such a nasty product.
If you put the patches on the outside of your arm they stay all day, I haven't had any problem with them not sticking? I haven't felt like a cigarette at all while wearing them and I know they work as I didn't put one on the other morning and I really wanted a cigarette, as soon as I put a patch on within 10mins the craving was gone! Amazing product, highly recommended it! I take it off before bed as I have heard it can give you nightmares.
Very very disappointed
I bought these patches because I was having dental work done and wasn't allowed to smoke! The patches didn't stick to my skin so therefore I was not getting what I needed and still had to smoke which made my recovery long and painful! I am very disappointed and out of pocket $40!
This product is absolutely waste of money. Doesn't stick. I used nicorette before. They are very good. I tried putting band aid around it but as only the edges with band aid stays on your skin I still crave nicotine. Worse thing is its PBS. Government should stop paying them for a rubbish product.
I've exfoliated, shaved and cleaned area with alcohol and pressed down for the 10 seconds. Wasted 3 patches trying to get one to stick. Have no medical tape either but if a product is meant to stick it should I shouldn't have to go purchase additional products to ensure the patches stick.
Patches not sticking???
It's important to remember with these things that one must strive to maintain a personal body circumstance that leaves your skin somewhat less than " Be- dewed '' by that I mean that any form of exercise that leaves ones pores seaping with sweat will have a deleterious effect on the adhesive properties of the patch. It also helps to give them a firm patting into position from time to time throughout the day. Any talk of the patches not sticking is baloney. But do watch that oozing
Waste of money
Patches simply do not stick! I used 3 patches in a matter of 1 hour and lost all of them. The most difficult part was that I had psyched myself up to quitting today and was totally let down by a product that is more expensive than other brands. I will purchase QuitX tomorrow and start all over again.
Fantastic product, have not smoked in 3 weeks and lost all cravings!
Have been using the patches for 3 weeks and havent wanted a cigarette at all! I have smoked for 35 years, so i am amazed at how the patches are working for me so far. I only wear them during the day, as I did find i was having horrible dreams at night, which I was told can happen with the patches. I am surprised at the bad reviews, but I believe the patches will only work if you truely want to give up smoking. I agree that they are sometimes hard to keep on skin, but other than that, I am happy with results so far. I am also happy that my appetite has not increased either, which is a bonus as I would stress if i gained weight. I suggest that if you are serious about giving up smoking, then give the patches a go.
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Questions & Answers
I have been on the patches for 6 week. I am starting to get pains in my lower back (kidney area). Is this common and what is it doing to me. I don't want to give up the patches as yet because I haven't had a smoke since and think if I stop I will start to crave for on. I have been to my GP and had a test and it came back clear. What should I do?
Hi Ben. I am still using the patches and have not experienced the issue you have mentioned. Check the leaflet if it advises that your experience is a confirmed side effect. The only problem I have is getting them to stick (I used medical tape to hold them in place) and I have had a few minor headaches. No other issues.
Is there any diffrence beetween pre quit patches and the 21 mg or 14mg patch and would it be safer smoking while on 14mg patch rather pre quit if not why can i smoke on pre quit and not others said thanks
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