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Author Topic: Stop Smoking Tools, what is safe while on Atripla?  (Read 2499 times)

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Offline SuperDuper

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Stop Smoking Tools, what is safe while on Atripla?
« on: October 19, 2011, 05:08:18 PM »
It has been 13 days on Atripla so far and no side effects to speak of. The odd headache in the morning that I mentioned on a few mornings, no rash, as many seem to report. So all in all I would appear to have taken well to Atripla.
Now I want to tackle the smoking. I have used the nicotine patches in the past, before I began treatment and they work well for me but this time around I am worried they may cause a rash or interfere with sleep i.e. dreams etc? Perhaps the nicotine gum is a better way? Cold turkey is not so good for me as I might snap someones head off. LOL, But if cold turkey is the only way to go then I will have to figure something out.  Can anyone share some insight or experience on this with me? I really want to kick this for good and look after my wellness. Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Stop Smoking Tools, what is safe while on Atripla?
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2011, 08:52:13 AM »
Please don't take this wrong way, but how well did the patches work if you're still considering alternatives?  I have tried everything including the Chantix.  Hopefully, they'll come out with the magic bullet that finally makes quitting easy.

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Re: Stop Smoking Tools, what is safe while on Atripla?
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2011, 09:22:44 AM »
I hear what you are saying. ;) they worked in the sense that they help with cravings and I quit for 9 weeks,, then i found out i was gonna have to start taken meds and I crumbled and lit one up. Stupid I know but it is what i reached for in the moment of facing all of this. I wasn't on any meds when i was doing the patches so i didn't have worries about it mixing with medication. Now that things are underway and i am doing the meds and in a better mental state of dealing with this new journey, I must kick this for good, that I know and want. It is such a stupid habit, addiction but it has a grip on me.

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Re: Stop Smoking Tools, what is safe while on Atripla?
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2011, 05:49:15 PM »
Might give Welbutrin (buproprion?) a try. Welbutrin with Nicotine patches may increase your chances of quitting. I was able to quit cold turkey using Welbutrin, although I attribute my quitting to the fact I was ready to quit (there is no easier way to quit than to watch your mom dying of lung cancer)


« Last Edit: October 20, 2011, 05:51:11 PM by WillyWump »
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Re: Stop Smoking Tools, what is safe while on Atripla?
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2011, 05:45:43 AM »
SD, You're going through a stressful time right now and I'm inclined to suggest that you wait another month or two before putting the additional burden of quitting smoking on yourself. I can't help but feel that you're setting yourself up for failure. For now, perhaps cutting down would be more beneficial and do-able. If you do go that route, you'll already be part way there when you do quit.

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