I'm wondering how long it took for you Chantix users, past or present, to feel like you no longer needed or wanted to smoke? Tomorrow will be day 4 for me on Chantix and I can tell no difference. I know I'm jumping the gun a bit, but I've known several people to take it for only a couple of days and be sick at just the thought of smoking. Quit day is Sunday and I'm scared I won't be able to quit. Is there really a "magic" day when Chantix will just kick in?
5 May 2010
I was a smoker for over 35 years, 2 years ago on 13th April 2008 I just quit, suffered a lot but did not touch the cancer stick, not being funny, its shear will power or the fear of serious ailments which forces one to quit, i suffered a stroke, try quitting, best of luck, hope this helps
5 May 2010
Congrats on making such a difficult decision. My quit day was January 20 and I have been off Chantix for 3 weeks. What I am about to say will sound familiar to anyone who has been on these boards with any regularity… Chantix is as close to a miracle drug as us smokers are going to get, but it’s not a magic pill. I tried quitting cold turkey. I tried the patch. I tried just weaning myself off. Nothing worked. I asked my dad to get me Chantix for Christmas. I waited until a day AFTER the last day you are supposed to quit lol. I still got urges, but the Chantix made them more bearable somehow. Personally, I didn’t feel any different. I noticed that I was gunning for a fight all the time. That I would go from calm to rip your face off angry for no real reason and then would have a hard time calming back down. That was the only real Chantix side effect I experienced. Other than that, I didn’t feel different.
When I was on the patch, I felt hopeless and depressed and all the things they say you’re experience when taking Chantix. The patch made me feel like I was constantly going through a withdrawal that would never end. 3 days after your quit date, the physical withdrawal will be done. I’m warning you, about 36 hours after you smoke the last cigarette, you’re gonna feel it. I was totally tweakin out on my couch. But it WILL pass. DON’T SMOKE. Once I made it through those first 72 hours, it was just a test of wills cuz physically, the nicotine is outta your system. The urges get fewer and further between I promise you. I’m at the point now where almost a full day passes without my thinkin about it. I found coming on these boards when I had an urge helpful. I came on to answer questions instead of smoking. Bottom line, for me Chantix made the whole process tolerable. I believed whole heartedly before I started taking them that they were going to work for me. Failure was not an option. I was where you are now only four months ago. Standing at the bottom of that mountain lookin up to the peak way up above your head is terrifying. But imagine what the view will be like once you get there. Like I tell everyone on this journey, I’m here for you. My email is in my profile I believe. Email me when you get an urge instead of smoking. Or do like I did and come on the boards. Oh, by the way, I ran last night. For five straight minutes. At full speed. In January, I would have been lucky if I could jog for a full minute. Good luck and stay strong!
28 Oct 2012
My and husband and I started the same day taking chantix. He quit once before using chantix and eventually started back ( think it was because I still smoked). I have now gone 69 hrs without one. I find it strange that I think of them but the will to not have one is far stronger than the will to have one. I have NEVER gone this long without a cig... it's amazing! The down side to this post is my husband had/has a bad reaction to chantix. His throat nearly swell shut. Very scary! He begin using benedryl to help with the allergic reaction. Hoping that he can continue to not smoke since he will not be able to take chantix. My side effects include anger, very short temper and constipation. I can deal with this if it means I am finally rid of this horrible habit. I am already saving the money for something really nice for myself. It amazing how quickly 6.30 a day adds up! Good luck to each of you on this same journey.
23 Feb 2013
It took 6 mo.for me to quite smoking on Chantix but it worked. Over the 6 mo. period I felt a significant decreased desire to smoke within the 1st week of taking it. Slowly but surely, the longer the drug was in my system the less cravings I had to smoke. It almost makes you "forget" that you want to smoke. Within the first month my cigarette consumption dropped drastically. You can still smoke on Chantix but sometimes a cigg. can make you a little sick while smoking on Chantix but that subsides quickly. By my 4th month on Chantix I wasn't smoking at work anymore & barely at home. Like I was down to 6 ciggs. a day. The last 2 weeks I smoked I only smoked 1 cigg. a day at night. Before I knew it, after 17 yrs. of smoking a pack a day, I never smoked another cigg. again! The med. did make me nauseated for the first 2 weeks but it went away within two hours or so. I also had some weird dreams but no crazy nightmares like you hear about so often with Chantix.
THIS MED. WORKS, but... you have to start taking Chantix with a genuine desire to quite smoking. Good Luck! = )
2 Jun 2013
Like any drug, it can work differently for everyone. You just have to try it to know how you will react. I personally like(d) Chantix. I was on it in 2009 and I quit for 2 years. Unfortunately, the stress of a new job started my smoking again. I never thought it would trigger me going back to smoking after all that time- lesson learned! My one bit of advice is to always remember your addicted and you have to educate yourself on triggers & coping methods when it hits whether during the quitting stages or years and years later!
My experience with Chantix..
My main side affect was a really, really bad taste in my mouth for the entire time on the drug.. Water/gum solved that but still didn't like that feeling. Also, I had very vivid dreams. It's kind of cool but it does feel very real. I don't recall having nightmares, just waking up like "wow!"... (i am keeping a journal of my dreams this time around b/c they are so crazy).. . Sleeping was tough for the first month and there was constipation.. I didn't feel suicidal or anything like that but I have no history of depression.
By day 8, I was off cigarettes.. I want to say by day 4, they started to taste really bad and like someone else said, you eventually just "forget" to smoke.. It's great! :)
I decided to stay on Chantix past the initial 12 weeks. If you can tolerate the side affects (and you should suck it up and just stay on it), I would recommend it for more success in quitting. I think I stayed on for it 5 months.
I also really encourage people to be in the right mindset before starting chantix. You are paying a lot of money for this drug and why go through the side affects if your not 100% in the right mindset. For me, I'm ready to quit again for many reasons and just so sick of smoking!! I was not in this mindset until about 2 months. I know I will quit, I just need help getting through the withdrawal b/c I'm a mess when done cold turkey. On chantix, I don't lose productivity at my job and I don' have to apologize to all my friends/family for being a constant b*tch. :)
I'm back on Chantix now and I'm really excited to quit. I am just 2 days into it and the side affects are slowly coming on.. same as before..
Good luck if you choose to use this method!! I hope that my experience gives you another perspective..
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