No one can exactly predict how someone will react to changes in nicotine levels. Some people are more sensitive to change than others. In general, however, this gradual reducing of nicotine levels is much more likely to help ease withdrawal symptoms (such as anxiety, crankiness, etc.) than if one were to go "solo" (i.e. quit cold turkey without the use of the patch or gum). Changing from a 21mg patch to a 14mg patch is probably comparable to cutting back from 10 cigarettes a day to 6-7. Knowing this, you would probably be the best person to judge how you might react to a change in dosage. Stay close to your support network, and you ought to be just fine.
Articles in this section
- What are advantages of the patch over other NRTs?
- Why the 'step-down' approach to the patch?
- Where should I apply the patch?
- How long do I wear each patch?
- How long should I stay on the patch?
- What if the patch falls off during the day?
- Does the patch cause nightmares, and if so, what should I do?
- Will I absorb more nicotine from the patch when I exercise?
- Will I feel any withdrawal symptoms when I drop to the next lower patch?
- Can I cut the patch in half?