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[Buddie]

Quitting smoking mid taper - does anyone feel better
« on: January 30, 2023, 08:08:01 pm »
Does anyone feel better quitting smoking mid taper?
Especially off valium.
I ask because smoking is supposed to hasten clearance of valium from the system, and I want to swap cigarettes for nicotine lozenges.
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[Buddie]

Re: Quitting smoking mid taper - does anyone feel better
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2023, 12:03:59 am »
I know nothing about this since I do not smoke, but I hope you get feedback, so I am bumping this topic. :)
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[Buddie]

Re: Quitting smoking mid taper - does anyone feel better
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2023, 01:11:54 am »
I know nothing about this since I do not smoke, but I hope you get feedback, so I am bumping this topic. :)
Many thanks :)
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[Buddie]

Re: Quitting smoking mid taper - does anyone feel better
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2023, 07:14:31 am »
Hi [...]

Yes, it made a big difference to me, but there is a cautionÖ you donít want to go through any additional withdrawal, adding stress to an already difficult situation. Thereís a reason itís advised to only taper one medication at a timeÖ to avoid additional withdrawal, although, my personal experience is that quitting smoking can have a very positive affect on your taper. Smoking not only causes inflammation in the gut, but also throughout the body, potentially crossing the blood brain barrier and inflaming a brain that is already trying to cope with withdrawal from the benzodiazepine, so it not only makes sense to me that such toxin induced inflammation can cause additional or increased cognitive and memory impairments, but Iíve actually seen the improvements numerous times over a short period of about 5-7 days. Iím not smoking now, but early on I had failed attempts, but they were enough to see the significant improvements (at least to me) over those several attempts. I find the tapering process considerably easier since cessation. I would advise you to use the nicotine lozenges or patches though, to avoid any additional stress to you system from the intense withdrawals of giving up smoking c/t (so to speak).
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[Buddie]

Re: Quitting smoking mid taper - does anyone feel better
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2023, 12:22:47 pm »
Hi [...]

Yes, it made a big difference to me, but there is a cautionÖ you donít want to go through any additional withdrawal, adding stress to an already difficult situation. Thereís a reason itís advised to only taper one medication at a timeÖ to avoid additional withdrawal, although, my personal experience is that quitting smoking can have a very positive affect on your taper. Smoking not only causes inflammation in the gut, but also throughout the body, potentially crossing the blood brain barrier and inflaming a brain that is already trying to cope with withdrawal from the benzodiazepine, so it not only makes sense to me that such toxin induced inflammation can cause additional or increased cognitive and memory impairments, but Iíve actually seen the improvements numerous times over a short period of about 5-7 days. Iím not smoking now, but early on I had failed attempts, but they were enough to see the significant improvements (at least to me) over those several attempts. I find the tapering process considerably easier since cessation. I would advise you to use the nicotine lozenges or patches though, to avoid any additional stress to you system from the intense withdrawals of giving up smoking c/t (so to speak).
Thank you, I will use the nicotine replacement lozenges, and cease the cigarettes.
Thank you for letting me know that quitting cigarettes had a positive effect on your taper.
I have started using lozenges, it's the harmful other chemicals in cigarettes that I want to avoid.
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