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An_240046 posted:
I recently started to quit smoking and I was wondering if the nicotine patches will cause my RA to become aggervated? Or, could it just the added stress of withdrawls?
Caprice_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hi and welcome to WebMD,

While you're waiting for a response here in answer to your question that's specific to RA, I hope you'll also look in on our Smoking Cessation community for insight and support.

Good for you for taking this step towards better health!
We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us. ~Joseph Campbell
Scott Zashin, MD responded:
Glad that you are trying to quit smoking. I have not seen reports of this, but of course can't exclude. I can tell you that there is significant benefit to the RA patient who is able to stop smoking. Best of luck!
karento responded:
I know where you are at now. I quit 2 years ago. I did not use anything but a strong will, it was hard but has been well worth it. I had reached the point where I was waking in the night gasping for air, and was unable to speak in a complete sentance without coughing. I went to a dr with my husband and the dr began to question my cough. He suggested that i have some test run and I told him I was to scared of the results so he told me to stop smoking and that was the last day I did. No it was not easy I smoked for over 30 years. So if you need some help with it do talk to your dr they will help you and will give you all of the information you need. Just remember don't give up and good luck.

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