Nicoderm CG patch and Progesterone cream

by Karla
(Colorado)

My cream just arrived yesterday. I was about to start the patch to help me stop smoking cigarettes. Has any one out there used these products together the same time? Should I have any concerns?

Also, I have no idea how to start using the cream. I'm just starting menopause. Last month I only spotted for 7 days. No blood in urine, only on toilet tissue. Here this month, day 2, its the same thing so far. My guess is to start using the cream after the spotting stops? Then continue for 14 days? My periods were always erratic and heavy my whole life and menstruated for 6 days. I've read info on this sight for "How to apply and when" and still don't understand.

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Feb 09, 2011
quitting smoking and Progesterone
by: Cheryl

Congratulations on quitting smoking. The patch should not affect your progesterone except stress from quitting smoking. You probably will have to use more progesterone as stress lowers progesterone levels quickly. But quitting smoking is so very worth it. There are some very good sites on the internet for support on your quit. American Lung Association has a good message board and whyquit.com is very good to read.

I quit smoking over 2 years ago and then started menopause shortly after that. I found progesterone and it was a life saver for me.

One more time - congratulations on quitting.

Feb 21, 2011
Nicoderm CG patch and Progesterone cream
by: Wray

Hi Karla We do have a page on Peri-menopause which explains how to use it. P-M is such a difficult time, often periods are too erratic to follow. So I recommend using it daily, and about 100-200mg/day, dependant on symptoms. It's a pity you didn't hear about progesterone earlier, as it does stop heavy bleeding, plus helping to regulate the cycle. I wish I'd known about it too, but only found it in the late stages of P-M. I've no experience with using the nicotine patch and progesterone together, but progesterone reacts with no drug, so I can't see any problems developing. You might like to consider taking 500-2000mg/day tyrosine. This amino acid is often low in addictions. Start with a low dose and increase gradually, overdoing it is likely to cause symptoms to come back. Take care Wray

Feb 21, 2011
quitting smoking and Progesterone
by: Wray

Hi Cheryl Many thanks for the links, I found this page here on WhyQuit.com very good. It explains the reason for the addiction, to increase dopamine levels. Both heroine and cocaine do the same thing. This is one reason I suggested to Karla that she takes the amino acid tyrosine, it's the precursor to dopamine. Tyrosine levels are often low in people addicted to drugs, hence their addiction. Another interesting point they made was that nicotine is a MAOI (monamine oxidase inhibitor). Monoamine oxidase is an enzyme that breaks down the amines, of which dopamine is one. So by inhibiting the breakdown of dopamine, levels remain higher. Progesterone is also a MAOI. Two excellent centres that deal with addictions are Recovery Systems and Health Recovery Center. Both use tyrosine in their recovery programmes. Take care Wray

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