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2/12/19 9:22 P

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The last time I posted was just about a year ago. I quit last March for 8 days. We went camping with our BFFs....a few drinks later I smoked. I went back to it...and worse. So....here I am again! I started Chantix (2nd time) on January 7th. I am on day 2 of no smoking. This time is much more bearable! I set a date and stuck with it AND I didn't go as far out as the last time. 5 weeks compared to about 2 months before I truly quit last time. I cut down by one cigarette each week (starting at 5 per day when I started the meds because they made cigs suck lol!). The last week I only had one a day and it tasted gross....the last 3 I smoked I got through about 3/4 and put it out. I feel good. I am a bit bitchy but I think that is more out of resentment than anything ha ha! Even if I did want one I can't have one and I don't like the idea of never being able to do something again. I know as I feel better physically that will change. I will truly not want it or resent not having it. Hopefully DH joins my bandwagon soon...he wanted to make sure we weren't both Chantix "raging" or freaking out at the same time. But like I said...this time has gone much smoother. So....that is my update/story!

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3/5/18 1:49 A

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One year and 5 months, smoke free. Have not had 1 single cigarette, still puffing away on my e-cig though but I am okay with that. How is everyone doing?

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3/3/18 11:47 A

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Hi! I am Melissa and here are some stats....seems easier this way ha ha!

-49 years old
-smoked off and on for 30 years
-1/2 pack a day and more on weekends
-started Chantix on 02/20

I am on day 12 of Chantix. I should be taking 2 mg a day by now (one in am one in pm) but I am taking it a bit slower due to side effects.....nausea if I not have a full stomach and headaches for several hour after taking it. It is also making my tongue numb (weird!) and last night I have a pretty cray dream....not nightmares just intense. I took .5 miligrams a day for first 5 days, 1 miligram a day for 5 days, 1.5 miligram yesterday and will do this for a few days and then go to full 2 mgs . a day. My date is also a bit further out (usually it is 2 weeks after quitting) for several reasons.....side effects, Spring Break (no work, trip, etc.) coming up, and I want to do this slowly so that it is a true want to quit by the time I have my stop date. I will say I have cut down alot. 4 this last Monday through Thursday, 5 yesterday. So....here I am!

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3/6/17 10:20 A

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3/6/17 8:03 A

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Blood pressure issues pushed off my start date, but I started the Chantix this morning. Lets see how this goes!

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2/28/17 3:34 A

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Hi, I think the side effects are different for everyone, my partner didn't have many, he was just a bit down. I've posted below on how sick I felt but I haven't had a cigarette since October, 4 months. I am using an e-cigarette mod though but I'm on very low nicotine so okay with that. Good luck with the Chantix, let us know how you get on.
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2/26/17 9:54 P

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Hey guys, hoping to start Chantix on Wed, can everyone tell me what the worst side effects were for anyone? Just want to be prepared in case I experience any, and advice on dealing with side effects would be great! Thanks All!

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2/21/17 2:23 A

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Fantastic News! That is so great. You did it. No harm in having a puff on an e-cig, much better than buying a packet of cigarettes and then finding you smoke the whole lot. I think the way you are coping is brilliant and that is why I push the e-cigarette as an alternative to those times when we crave a cigarette. No going back to stinkies. So pleased for you.
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2/20/17 11:43 A

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Finally! After being on Chantix for 3 weeks smoking 5 cigarettes a day, I'm now happy to say that I have not smoked a cigarette since 2/14/17!!! It will be 1 week tomorrow and I'm so happy, I do use the ecig on occasions when I'm really stressed or tempted. I also started jogging which helps a lot with the willpower

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2/18/17 3:53 P

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I, personally, do not recommend e-cigarettes. I found that wintergreen candies were a big help when I got the cravings - or even sucking on a cinnamon stick or pencil helped! Good luck to you.

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2/18/17 2:28 A

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Keep strong. It is really difficult. Have you done your 2 week's normal smoking with tablets first? If you really feel like you are going to cave in completely, buy an e-cigarette with 0mg nicotine. It will really help, but visit a vape shop so they can advise you on a decent one and give you a low mg juice, the ones in general supermarkets/shops are just too high xxx
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2/17/17 1:02 P

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I'm currently using Chantix and nicroette gum. Last night I almost had a cigarette. But instead I use the Nicroette gum. I felt better and glad I didn't fall back into my old habit.

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2/9/17 9:00 A

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emoticon emoticon emoticon In response to KALASMOM3: Please check with your doctor or pharmacist about drug interactions because that's not something you want to experiment with on your own. You should be monitored while mixing meds to avoid any problems. That being said, Congratulations on choosing to become a non-smoker. It's the best decision you could ever make for your own health! Wishing you much success!

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2/9/17 8:35 A

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I just started day 2 of Chantix for the second time. The first time I was so nasty,and irritable to my husband i quit. I also think I wasn't ready. Now I'm determined. I haven't experienced any nausea or stomach pain,however, did have a strange dream. Nothing horrible just odd and vivid. Most of my dreams are anyway. I know you aren't supposed to take it if you have depression or anxiety, but I need this. I'm on zoloft and Xanax so I'm hoping this will help. And I believe I can distract myself from negative thoughts. Keep busy,ya know? Has anyone had an interaction with Chantix and the meds I'm on??? Just want to be prepared and keep a look out. I was thinking of staying on the. 05 mg also. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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2/7/17 1:25 P

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2/7/17 1:37 A

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Glad it's working for you. Not long and you will be smoke free.
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2/6/17 12:52 P

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Day 5 for me food and ciguratts taste so gross but I went 16 hrs with out one but felt like I just need one I was smoking about 1.5 packs a day also I have been In a wonderful mood!!

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2/4/17 6:18 A

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Yes, I had the sick feeling too and towards the end of the 2nd week was physically sick after taking every tablet. Stuck with it though until I was cigarette free for 3 days then packed up the tablets but in doing that I had grumpy withdrawal symptoms for about 2 weeks, no cravings though as I went on vaping. Rather that than the way I felt. Still smoke free since October but not nicotine free as vaping, although only 3mg, which is ok with me. Couldn't ever see myself being smoke free so this is a happy alternative for me. I am not craving or missing cigarettes and know that I will never go back to the stinkies. So much nicer vaping Coconut Pie etc :) Just try and stick it out is all I can say, it's worth it and there aren't many alternatives that work.

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2/3/17 5:41 A

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Good Morning All! I'm new to the group but I have a question. Does anyone else get so nauseous in the morning before taking Chantix? I get it so bad I don't want to take my morning pill. I push thru & take it anyway. Any idea how long this lasts? I spend most of my waking hours nauseous.

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2/2/17 4:34 A

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Sounds like you are doing great. When's the big day?
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2/1/17 1:47 P

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I'm still smoking BUT, less than half of what I usually smoke I'm down from 15 cigs to about 5 or 6 which is a big accomplishment for me, I already cough less! I'm only taking 1.5 pills a day but I may step it up to 2 and see if that will get me completely off those darn things. Thanks for checking on me!

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1/24/17 5:20 A

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I wish if they had started to taste nasty with me :) no such luck. I still want one but definitely not going down that route again. I'll stick to my e-cigarette definitely not going back. Feel fitter and don't get puffed out like before x

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1/23/17 11:53 A

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First, thanks for the encouragement! So just as I thought nothing was happening, this morning my first cup of coffee with the usual cigarette did not taste the same, not as enjoyable! I thought it was in my head at first, I smoked another one but ended up putting it out.... Yeay! However by lunch time I had skipped 2 cigarettes earlier in the day, but the after lunch cigarette was enjoyable. Strange, but hopefully that the next one will be less enjoyable again. I have 2 more days left on my first week...

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Keep going with the smoking until your date and then you will need a little willpower to not have that first cigarette. Glad you are not having that sick feeling. You can definitely do this. I didn't notice any change until I got to the end of the 2 week stage but I was a heavy smoker and still needed to "just do it" on the big day. It is so much easier though with the tablets. Make sure you haven't got any cigarettes left on that day.
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Chantix will not magically take away your desire to smoke, but it will make it easier once your quit day comes. Have you done all the planning steps in order to quit? Also, pledging your "Not One Puff Ever" on here every day helps keep you on track! I wish you much success - it's the best thing I ever did for myself!

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1/22/17 9:55 A

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Today is day number 5 on Chantix aside from vivid dreams I don't feel any different. I still smoke like I have been. Hopefully something is going to change in the next couple of days

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1/19/17 4:04 A

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How are you getting on? You have a great incentive. I have been off the cigarettes since October now. Still vaping but no more stinkies. Try and stick to your date, you can do this and are on your way to being smoke free.
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1/18/17 7:47 P

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Hi everyone, I just started using Chantix. 0.5mg 2 days ago, I'm excited and nervous, hopefully it will work for me. I tried quitting several times with the patch and ecig, I was able to quit for an entire year, I started working out and trained for my first 5k,. I was devastated when I injured myself and at the same time I went through a divorce, I started smoking again about 1 year ago. Hopefully this will be it, I would really like to finally run that 5k.

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Cinderfire I am new to the group but wanted to share how I gave up smoking with you. I am 51 and have been smoke free for 7 weeks now. I had been smoking for 35 years about 30 a day. I never ever thought I would give up and Champix (UK) really helped me but not the first time. The first time I gave up with Champix and lasted 2 weeks then my cousin died and I started smoking again with him in those last days. Two years later I tried again. I knew the Champix would work and that is the only thing that would help me. I've tried patches, nasal spray, cold turkey, hypnotism, smoking e-cigs and smoking hoping I would cut down. Nope.

Champix is awful. I was depressed and was physically sick after taking them but tried to keep them down. When I had lasted 3 days without a cigarette I ditched them and got a decent e-cigarette. I haven't had a cigarette but I am Vaping. I have no intention of giving up Vaping as I think I could easily still go out and buy a packet of cigarettes and start again. But I am not going to as I have lasted this long. If I stopped the e-cig and bought a packet of cigs, I know I would never give up again because I would not take Champix again. My partner also gave up and didn't have the same symptoms as me. He didn't get sick but he was a bit down.

My advice is this and it is totally up to you whether you take it or not, set a date possibly the weekend and make sure you have an e-cigarette. Buy a 0mg and a low 6mg (just in case). Don't get one of those disposable ones, get one that has coils, the Aspire K2 or similar is a good kit and doesn't seem to leak like so many others. I have quite a few different e-cigs so will give advice if you need it (I am no expert though). Make sure you have smoked all of your cigarettes by that date, if you haven't, quit halfway through the day (that's what I did) and just pick up your e-cigarette. You can do this, I did. After just one day the carbon monoxide is out of your body, after 2 days you are almost nicotine free, 3 days and the nicotine is out of your body. This is when I upped my e-juice to 3mg by mixing it. Eventually I might give it up but at the moment I have no intention. I enjoy it and once you start trying different flavours you will find a few favourites. Definitely don't get the tobacco ones they are vile. Menthol tobacco isn't too bad but it's still bad. I vape Sorcerer's Sauce, which is Pear, Coconut and Cream. I also vape Black Jack and Blueberry and Yoghurt. Have a search on the Internet. I now make my own flavours. There are 0mg flavours and I sometimes buy these and water down my stronger flavours. I'm not nicotine free, but I am smoke free. Don't give up. I seriously feel that if I can give up you can too. I was a real heavy smoker and thought I would always smoke. The champix are working for you it's just that you keep going over that date. I know because I did too. That first day is your day, sleep if you can and just vape. It takes a bit longer for the nicotine to get into your system at first. Seems to work quicker if you blow it out your nose.

Sorry for going on for so long. I do believe vaping is better than smoking and it's the next step if you are like me. So many others have done this too. There is another thread in this group if you want to check it out. It's the best thing I have ever done. I am not going to smoke but I will continue to vape. I really hope this helps. Sorry I have gone on and on. I hope it helps other people too.

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11/20/16 11:29 P

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I have been smoking since I was 18. I'm 24 now. I have been on and off smoking. I have read many comments with how long and how many cigs people smoke a day. First off, I want to commend all of you who have quit.

I am fortunate enough to smoke a pack every 2 to 3 days. I guess you could say I'm not as addicted as most people.

I have a lot of health issues going on. Physically, mentally, emotionally. I thought smoking cures it all or at least helps.
I'm starting to find out smoking actually worsens everything. Tight muscles, stress, anxiety, depression. Not eating.

Smoking is the cause.

I tried the gum, but it didn't work because you can't eat for a certain time and I always have to eat.

Cold turkey works, but not if you are in a stressful environment.

Doctor is trying me on chantix. Pills seem to be an easier way.

Day 3 is tomorrow 11.21.2016.
I'm already down to the time in between a cig.

It's to early to say anything on if chantix helps. So far I feel it does.

Also, they say to pick a quit day and start chantix 7 days prior. Tomorrow, day 3, I decided is my quit day. Mainly because I ran out and don't want to buy another pack.

I find it easier to quit if you don't have a pack. Out of sight, out of mind is my motto.

Fighting the urge to smoke is possible. You may get cravings, but distract your mind from it. Stay busy. The cravings will go away after a few mins.

When you want to smoke, just remember how bad it smells, how tired you become, how you lack the hunger sensation, and the money you could be saving.




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10/10/16 11:47 P

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Don't do it!!! Break your routine if that's what you have to do. Instead of a cup o'joe first thing, jump in the shower, take a walk around the block. Anything that gets you away from the same routine of coffee and cigarette.
I just started, and that's working for me. Maybe it will work for you???

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Hello All.. I just found this forum & want to help/be helped on this Chantix journey. I'm 56, been smoking since the age of 12. I started Chantix on Oct.1, with a starter pack and as suggested, stopped smoking one week later. Everything was fine not smoking until today. I was feeling kinda depressed, but I can handle that. But as I was taking a shower, I started wondering how people would react if I was to commit suicide.
I in NO WAY would ever do that to myself, so don't get all freaked out. I'm just wondering if anyone else had those sneaking thoughts?? I do have great dreams, almost like having an awake daydream. I kinda like it. I have no desire to have a cigarette, as I REALLY want to quit, and have wanted to for a very long time. I get little bouts of nausea, nothing a sip of antacid doesn't cure. I feel kinda leadheaded, if you can understand that.
I started on the .05 MG. twice per day, and now after a week, I'm taking 1.0 MG twice per day.
Can anyone tell me if this will pass, or continue till I stop taking Chantix? Also, what if I broke one of the 1.0MG tabs in half, and took a half twice per day, effectively cutting the dose in half. Money isn't an issue, so taking 2MG or 1MG per day is doable.
Anyone have any thoughts???

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Congratulations, Goldsworthy72, you can do it! It takes work and willpower but Chantix is the best booster I ever found. It truly did help me through the stages of becoming a Non-smoker!
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10/1/16 11:45 A

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I'm going to start Chantix in 1 week... really nervous but definately ready!

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10/1/16 9:00 A

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I need help and support--I started taking Chantix 2 weeks ago and no longer have the nicotine craving but I am missing my friend and am having no luck in staying away from my friend with my first cup of coffee or picking up the telephone--my mindset to stop smoking just doesn't seem to be there---maybe now isn't my time to quit--we have been friends for 43 years

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I wanted to share, I just quit with chantix.. for the second time. I agree that chantix is as close to a miracle pill as is available. I had been a smoker for the better part of 20 years. As it stands I haven't had a cig since my baby came home, September 8. Prior to that I was on chantix for couple of months (while smoking). So it took me two months of chantix to be able to quit.

I was able to lower my cig intake to about 2-3 a day and I never took the full dose of chantix until I quit smoking. Up until that point I took only one pill a day. I still had urges, I think giving in to them less helped me mentally and lowering my overall nicotine intake for a longer period allowed me to change the habit. I went from over a pack a day to about a half a pack a day to 5-6 a day to 1 or 2 a day to none all in one week stages. Then I quit and went to the full dose. I am now tapering back off chantix because after a couple weeks of not smoking it becomes more of a mental challenge. Chantix has never actually stopped my mental cravings, only my physical ones.

Something to be cognizant of is that chantix truly is for a physical block to nicotine, anything regarding the mental portion is something that will have to be honed. I would suggest to practice not smoking for a pre determined period of time while on chantix prior to committing to the full stop. Think of learning to ride a bike, chantix provides the training wheels but at some point the training wheels are raised off the ground and you'd have to practice the balancing and only after you've mastered balancing do the training wheels come off.

The point I am trying to make is that you will have to practice quitting. Chantix will surely make it easier but ultimately practice will make it stick. The hard part to quitting for me is the mental anguish over having a cigarette vs being a smoker.

I didn't really have a lotnof side effects. Vivid dreams and I was a little testy. Either of those I would expect from just quitting the cigarette, not sure chantix caused them.

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There is no magic pill to quit smoking, just like there is no magic diet to make the weight disappear. It all takes work - but it surely is worth every bit of effort you have to put into it. I really wish you the best but it's something you have to make up your mind to. You're either ready to quit or you're not.

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I think I expected miracles from this pill. I thought ok, this lady I just met quit after 7 days! Wow I'm totally on board. Then week after week go by and I'm thinking hmmmm, maybe I'll need a month? Oh my lawd how long should this take?! How long will it take me? I see a day to 3 months. Holy crap what if I hit the 3 month marker and I'm still smoking. What if I want to quit but don't want to at the same time? Maybe I'm scared?! I was hoping this pill would make me maybe vomit if I lit up or really sick or something. I really was. Now I have these side effects and I think is it worth it to continue. Like should I try and do it on my own with no help? Should I try the patch. The patch kept me from smoking but then of course, you have to quit the patch. I don't know how much longer I can deal With the side effects. Nausea and sadness are not fun. I have 3 kids and I try to cry away from them. The nausea is pretty awful. Grrrr. Cold turkey?

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Don't give up and consider yourself a failure - the only failure is not trying again! I had smoked for 43 years (and had tried to quit UMPEEN times!) Set a quit date about a week from now. Cut back every day until then and flush all your cigarettes that day and DO NOT buy a pack "just in case!" Message me everyday if you need some one-on-one support! As far as bowel movements, try adding some Fiber-One Cereal, prunes, or beans to your diet each day and make sure you drink plenty of water. It's not easy, but I did it and you can too!!
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Started Chantix 8/19/16. Haven't stopped smoking! I'm scared because people seemed to have stopped way sooner and I feel I'm past the deadline to quit so to speak.

Another concern is my bowel movements are non existent unless I take a laxative or 2 every day. I wNt 6 days and my kidney area is hurting. I'm also finding my mood is sad. Just a bummed feeling. Crying etc.

Read the book "a Become a non smoker". Nothing.

I've been smoking for about 42 years. I'm 47 and I just don't know what to do. This book and pill were my last resort. I feel like I failed.

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I don't remember having a lot of side effects - it just seemed to decrease my physical craving for a cigarette and the check in program and exercises helped with the mental cravings! Best of luck to you - you can do it!!

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I am just starting with Chantix, can anyone tell me how long they were on it before the side effects started?

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I hate to take any medication if I don't have to - but I believe Chantix saved my life! I quit smoking by using Chantix (and their support program) in 2008. I had tried every method there was and had almost given up ever being able to quit. I have not picked up a cigarette since and never will! It's not easy, even with Chantix but it sure helps!!

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How is it going with the Chantix? I used it once and stopped in just a couple of weeks but then started again when I was under a lot of stress. I'm using it again and it's taking longer but I'm down from 1 1/2 packs a day to 1 or 2 cigarettes a day (4 months later). I feel tons better and taking one day at a time.


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Hi fellow chantix users. I'm a 38, soon to be 39 year old female. I've been a smoker for about 20 years and smoking a pack or more per day. I have tried to quit before by going cold turkey, and by using the e-cigs, but didn't last for longer than a day or two. I decided to try chantix becuase I have been having some medical issues and the doctor recommended that I stop immediately, not to mention my dad died of lung cancer. I am just starting to use chantix, I'm on day 3 and I think I'm noticing that the cigarette doesn't seem to taste the same, or maybe its in my mind, and I feel extremely tired, sleepy, and groggy. Anyone else get these symptoms? How long does it normally take to start to notice a difference? Any feedback would be appreciated. Thx!

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Hi all. I just joined this site as I know I am going to need support as I stop smoking. Day 2 of Chantix, and so far no discernible side effects other than maybe feeling a little foggy and lazy. I have read and researched Chantix, and while the side effects scare me, the way smoking makes me feel scares me more. Someone on here said it was all in the attitude, and I am going to stay positive and fight the side effects if they come. I have smoked for 43 years, and now, of course, have beginnings of COPD. I'm done. I like breathing and want to be able to do it again without coughing and shortness of breath. Wish me luck and I am here to offer support as well. emoticon and emoticon

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I smoked for almost 34 years. It was a way of life for me, it controlled my life, where I went, who I went with, all considering if I could smoke or not. I quit with Chantix. It took me longer than most people, but I was determined and I did it. I've been smoke free for over 6 years.

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I used Chantix for quitting four months ago. But my work has a tobacco cessation program and they provide the meds for 90 days and then give you a script. However I didn't need it for the three months. I started on a small dose... 2x a day - then increased - then stayed. The dreams are vivid so I weaned off the night meds to see if that helped.... and then I just weaned myself off again when I was in the hospital... they kept bringing it to me, and I kept sending it back.

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** learning how to be me gain 2016
** survived illness that could have killed me, and divorce 2015
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3/11/15 2:23 A

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You can buy chantix without a previous prescription at this pharmacy if you do their online consultation form www.goodpharmacy.net

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Hi all.
I'm on day 10 of Chantix and haven't smoked in 6 days. I really believe Chantix works. I quit a while back with Chantix and it worked amazing. I had to come off of it due to a interaction to another anti-anxiety medication hey had me on and we were afraid the "horrible" side effects might come out so better safe than sorry. This time was much easier to come off it before the end of first week were you could smoke and I swear I'm not having any issues except the strange dreams, which to be honest isn't all that bad! I kind of look forward to them. The only bad think I had experienced was the first run on Chantix and about day three, I was moody, cranky and mean but think it was the fact I didn't have as much nicotine in my system. The only thing I'm hating is that nasty cough I have since I've quit, which doesn't help that I had an Upper Respiration Infection but it was another big reason I quit.
So good luck to everyone! I have my moments when I want a drag but have noticed it's later in the day right around the time I'm due for my second pill.

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Hey everyone, Im new to this forum but I just recently bought chantix (very expensive at 182.00) But in the end It will be worth it. I am on day two and feel as if I am in a fog. I was just wondering if anyone else has had this feeling and if it passes over time. I really hope the chantix helps me with quitting I have tried a few other times with no success.

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Thanks for all the great advice. I'm sold on the idea! I'm shutting the computer down right now and calling the doctor.
I'm so glad to be a part of this team. I'll be needing all of you through this process.

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A person who wants something WILL find a way....a person who doesn't will find an excuse.

Which do you prefer?
The pain of self discipline?....or...the pain of self regret?






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I also quit with Chantix. I did not go on it at first because of all the negative publicity. I think what is best about this is that there is no REPLACEMENT - but it turns off the switch in the brain. I ate with it and did have more dreams but not bad ones. I quit with NO support structure and than SP. I also made it a life change and lost weight in the process by changing my lifestyle.

I was concerned when I was going off it - I was on it 90 days so what I did is I cut the doseage down about ten days before so it wasn't so much of a shell shock. I did have craving when I stopped but not real bads one. By that time once you've gone so long you don't want to cave in and within 2 weeks it was the same as when I was on it.

My advice to anyone is to try it and follow through with it.

Good luck to all.

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I also quit using Chantix.

My first time was very different from this time. I was on it for at least the recommended 6mos. or more & when I stopped taking it, the urge to smoke was so overwhelming & powerful, I caved in & bought a pack. It didn't make any sense to me that after being smoke free for that long that I would suddenly be craving them at all, never mind so intensely. So I started researching side effects of the drug & found out that this happens to some people!!! Wow!! That really freaked me out but at least it made sense that these cravings were the results of Chantix & not me. The pills also made me very nauseous so I cut down to one a day at night. I took it on a full stomach & found that if I waited a half hour to let the food settle, the nausea wasn't as bad. And drank at least one glass of water or more.

I really wanted to get off the smokes again & inspite of the above problems, the Chantix really did work as far as making me not want any & making them taste bad, so I went back on it & this time was different. No nausea & I was able to take them twice a day. But I only took it for 2mos. The starter pack and a regular pack & then I was done & so far so good!!

I agree that you really have to want to quit in order for the Chantix or anything else to work.

I didn't give up my morning coffee - that would've been just too drastic a change. What I did do before I quit was 'practice'. I'd make myself wait 15min., then 30, then 45 & then an hour before I'd have one in the morning so when I did quit, I was already used to not having one right away. I did this for other key smoke times too - after a meal, talking on the phone, etc.

Smoking is psychologically addictive so for most people there are going to be big changes in that area. But if you are aware of it & prepare yourself for the worst, it helps to cope with all the emotional ups & downs & out of the blue urges. One thing I found helpful was when I was having an attack, was to ask myself if I really wanted one & the answer was always 'NO'. We've used smoking to cover up or deal with just about every emotion & so picking one up every time we were feeling good, bad, depressed, hungry, etc. becomes very ingrained. The mental clock that was constantly striking every hour or so or whenever something dramatic in my life was going on, drove me nuts!!!! I constantly had to recognize it for what it was & realize that I really didn't want a smoke and that the 'clock' needed to be reset every time I got an urge.

To everyone who's struggling - if you really want to be smoke-free, stick with it & I guarantee it will get better. What kept me going was taking back my power instead of letting a stupid little paper filled stick have it - that made me feel alot stronger!!!

Good Luck to all of Us!!!

For myself, I didn't rush to quit when I started the Chantix the first time - I was probably on it a month before I picked my quit date. I wanted to ease into quitting & by my first quit day, I did okay.

Finding out that it only takes 3 days for the nicotene to leave the body really encouraged me. I also read that drinking alot of o.j. helped to get rid of the nicotene and also helped with the urges & I found this to be true.

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I only used the starter pack, and have not had one since I gave them up almost 2 years ago!

No side effects for me!

I tried everything else and nothing worked except this, but I really wanted to quit!



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After reading all the posts in this thread, i've decided I will try chantix. My insurance won't pay, but I think it will be worth the money to give it a try.

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Weight loss is accomplished with the mind.


A person who wants something WILL find a way....a person who doesn't will find an excuse.

Which do you prefer?
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