lexapro and nicorette?

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   Posted 9/14/2007 11:36 PM (GMT -6)   
ok, this may seem like a silly question, but does anyone have any advice for me about using nicorette and lexapro? ive been lexapro for about 16 months and currently take 10 mgs. i bought the 4 mg nicorette gum to help me quit smoking after 12 years and of course i am afraid of what will happen if i do the nicorette with the lexapro. stupid panic disorder. it makes me scared of everything!
so i was just wondering if any of you have used this before? and if you have had success?
i need some kind of encouragement for quitting, and also to ease my fear of chewing this nicotine gum.

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   Posted 9/15/2007 12:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok... my doc... sorry to put you a little out of sorts.. but said that nicorette gum CAN make you a wee bit anxious because of the nicotine in the gum...
honestly I'm going to recommend Chantix.. which is a prescription medication that I have known MANY chain smokers of 20+ years of smoking to have GREAT success with.
If you don't have health insurance... just understand the Nicorette may put you a bit on edge.. but probably not more than any normal anxiety....
although I can't be sure.. because Nicorette has never made me more anxious than smoking a cigarette..
I want to quit.. but I had an allergic reaction from the adhesive in the patch and the gum just doesn't work.
I pray the gum works for you.. if not... seriously try Chantix.... it is supposed to block the addictive receptors in the brain and stop the nicotine from being able to go to that part of the brain cuz the Chantix blocks it..
Quitting smoking is tough but you can DO IT!!!!
If you quit... I'll quit with you (I'm a 2 pack-a-dayer smoker.. EEEEEEEEK)
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   Posted 9/15/2007 10:21 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi there,

Nicorette provides a controlled amount of nicotine to your system at a slower, less intense pace than cigarettes. It works as a temporary aid to help you quit smoking by reducing nicotine withdrawal symptoms until your body no longer needs nicotine.

If you are a heavy smoker you may want to talk with your physician re the med mentioned above.
Kudos to you for giving up smoking.
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   Posted 9/17/2007 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
DITTO to what Kitt has posted

I smoke and paid a dear price for it BUT yet have not stopped .....I am trying however but for me the gum nor other things dont do it .....smoke less but Still.......It is when I am sitting on puter and or alone I smoke more ......I find anyways .......

I have taken to bike riding alot lately and then I dont lite up one after another
Please let us know how you are making out .............

I do think you should ask the doc if you are that concerned .........
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