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Stop smoking panic attacks.

Posted by @littleonefmohio, Wed, Mar 28 6:10am

I am hoping someone can help me with this. I have been trying to stop smoking again. I thought I was doing good, like I always do. I was wearing the smoking patch and have been on them for over 2 weeks. Yesterday I had a panic attack. This seems to happen every time I try and quit smoking which takes me right back to smoking. I thought for sure I would make it this time. Does anyone have any suggestion as to what to use to help me with these panic attacks while trying to quit? I was on Wellbutrin before and it help me to quit but a month hit of being on it and I started getting very mean and bad thoughts so had to get off of it. Any and all suggestions appreciated.

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Hello- Stopping smoking is a very tough process. If Wellbutrin didn't work then my suggestion is to go back to your doctor for another prescription for something else. Panic attacks can be treated. Good luck.

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Thank you. I plan on going back to the doctor. I am so mad and upset with myself. Another panic attack!

Good. I know the feeling. Hang in there.

I like this quote, framed on my wall, if I feel down on myself – "Be Gentle with Yourself. You're Doing the Best You Can."

It took me three attempts to quit smoking. I got rid of everything in my environment that reminded me of smoking – ashtrays, etc. Then I replaced it with a "positive addiction," running, and after running for about 30 minutes, I didn't want to blow that good exercise with a cigarette. But, perhaps as importantly as the running (walking is better – easier on the joints), I MADE A DECISION / I MADE UP MY MIND to stop smoking. It's a mental game, too. And I quit about 35 years ago. Replaced it with walking but I made up my mind, a decision, to stop and that made the difference I think. Still took three attempts.Best to you!

@stressmesseddepressed Thank you for your advise. I had made up my mind to quit. I was feeling very good about it and said to myself I will make it this time! There is nothing here to remind me I needed a smoke. The panic attacks is what happened. Everytime I make up my mind and try to quit after a couple weeks or so I get these panic attacks. I have put in a message to my doctor. I get mad and upset when this stuff happens because I feel so much better when I stop and then my body does this and tells me not this time either! Very discouraging but I will not give up!

Yes and a pharmacist I today asked about tapering off clonazepam under a Doctor's supervision said to expect anxiety when tapering but to just distract yourself with TV or something. I know, it can be really tough but it took me 3 attempts to quits ciggies but I replaced it with exercise. I would suggest not underestimating the power of your mind to get off them and stay off them, tell yourself you don't feel bad quitting, you feel good and eventually, your body believes it! Best to you.

@stressedmesseddepressed

Yes and a pharmacist I today asked about tapering off clonazepam under a Doctor's supervision said to expect anxiety when tapering but to just distract yourself with TV or something. I know, it can be really tough but it took me 3 attempts to quits ciggies but I replaced it with exercise. I would suggest not underestimating the power of your mind to get off them and stay off them, tell yourself you don't feel bad quitting, you feel good and eventually, your body believes it! Best to you.

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@stressedmesseddepressed Thank you I was telling myself how well I was doing when they occured. I was doing good at distracting myself too so thought this would be the time I would quit. I have COPD so I cannot exercise very much. I do get plenty of it from this little one running around. haha Of course I do not smoke around her I always go outside. Thank you for responding.

Update. The doctor did give me Xanax for the panic attacks. I am back on the patch and praying I will finally make it. God Bless and Thank you all.

@littleonefmohio

Update. The doctor did give me Xanax for the panic attacks. I am back on the patch and praying I will finally make it. God Bless and Thank you all.

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Good for you. If you can get out and walk or do any type of exercising try it! It will help with both. You can do it.

@littleonefmohio I have quit so many times in my life it is crazy. I been smoke free now 2 1/2 yrs.. I tried everything. Ginger and Peppermints candy was my only salvation.. and Pacing pacing pacing helped. I even had to drink ginger sodas to stop the withdrawls. It is hard. and Panic attacks do pass its just getting through them.. I would eat a bag of ginger candy during them.. The burning sensation in the mouth helped distract the nicotine craving… So go for a walk when the craving comes on.. bring the ginger candy to help distract you.. and I hate to admit how much I really smoked.. I will just say I was a really good smoker at times. I mean serious smoker.. and that is all I will admit. Good luck

@travelgirl I understand Jackie, I have been smoking for over 40 years. I have been using jelly beans to help me also. Yes I have tried too many times to remember to quit. I believe I will get it done this time. I have too if I want to breathe. Walking is out of the question till it gets warms because the cold here in Ohio takes my breath away with COPD. I Will start walking when it warms up. Love to walk. Thank you for your help. God Bless.

@littleonefmohio I also live in cold weather and don't like walking outside in general. I have paced out my house and can make a circuit of 50 steps. I started with a goal of 500 steps a day. Then I had the opportunity to go to Wal-Mart and was able to get in 1800 steps in one trip. Now I just pace my house when it is too nasty to go outside and go to Wal-Mart, Menards or one of two malls we have in our town to just walk. We also have a senior walking program and a regional athletic center I could sign up with to walk, but I like freebies. I understand you have a little one at home, and I urge you to take your child along. I knew a woman that wanted to lose her baby weight and put the child in a stroller and away she went! It helped both of them. She got a good workout and her baby got good naps. Good luck to you!

@2011panc

@littleonefmohio I also live in cold weather and don't like walking outside in general. I have paced out my house and can make a circuit of 50 steps. I started with a goal of 500 steps a day. Then I had the opportunity to go to Wal-Mart and was able to get in 1800 steps in one trip. Now I just pace my house when it is too nasty to go outside and go to Wal-Mart, Menards or one of two malls we have in our town to just walk. We also have a senior walking program and a regional athletic center I could sign up with to walk, but I like freebies. I understand you have a little one at home, and I urge you to take your child along. I knew a woman that wanted to lose her baby weight and put the child in a stroller and away she went! It helped both of them. She got a good workout and her baby got good naps. Good luck to you!

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@littleonefmohio My Mother in law had COPD and smoked. She had panic attacks too.. I think some of the attack is just knowing you have a disease. I got them alot when they told me I had 2 primary cancers at the same time. I never hyperventilated in life until that day.

And yes, you need to be in a warm climate. The cold weather makes it hard to breath. Can you cover your face with a scarf going outside, and maybe get to an indoor mall to walk? At lot of the indoor malls by me, let people in early, to just walk around. Is that option available to you?

Trust me quitting smoking is one of the hardest things to do. Nicotine is an extremely powerful drug. Hang in there you can do it. I did and what a difference it has made.

Seriously try the Ginger Candy.. Cause I failed at everything else out there. Then someone online told me to try it and I thought Ginger Candy?? Yea right and It worked.. There is enough kick in the flavor to make your senses get through a nicotine attack.. It is strong and the flavor gives that sense of burning going down the throat just like a cigarette does.

Keep us updated please.. .

@2011panc

@littleonefmohio I also live in cold weather and don't like walking outside in general. I have paced out my house and can make a circuit of 50 steps. I started with a goal of 500 steps a day. Then I had the opportunity to go to Wal-Mart and was able to get in 1800 steps in one trip. Now I just pace my house when it is too nasty to go outside and go to Wal-Mart, Menards or one of two malls we have in our town to just walk. We also have a senior walking program and a regional athletic center I could sign up with to walk, but I like freebies. I understand you have a little one at home, and I urge you to take your child along. I knew a woman that wanted to lose her baby weight and put the child in a stroller and away she went! It helped both of them. She got a good workout and her baby got good naps. Good luck to you!

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@travelgirl I noted your advice of using Ginger Candy. I am not a smoker, but at one point I wanted to enhance my intake of ginger and tried the candies. I could not handle the taste! I am glad they worked for you and hope they work for everyone else also. I guess something strong is needed to break the strong addiction of nicotine!

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