My boyfriend has been on Chantix for 5 months now and he's still smoking. He has been smoking less. Instead of 1 pack per day he is smoking between 4 and 7 per day. I don't think he has actually tried to quit during this experience but rather hope the drug will work miracle.. I can't tell him what to do but I'm worried about what happens after the end of the 6th month (his last pack of pills). He isn't even meeting with his doctor again until 4 months after that. How can he at minimum keep up just a few smokes a day after the treatment? Will he go right back to smoking a pack a day without the drug? Does he need to ween off of it somehow?
4 Jul 2012
Hello tbug. I believe and am fairly certain that once stopping the Chantix he will go back to his old habit. Chantix is to be taken as perscibed. I took nicorette gum and had to ween myself off the gum because I was still receiving my nicotine fix. It has been 3 years for me and still not smoking (I also have COPD) because of a life time of smoking. Best of wishes to you both, pledge
23 Feb 2013
If you smoke while on Chantix you may feel a little nauseated or sick on your stomach the first week but those feelings subside quickly. If you can work through that issue smoking while taking your Chantix won't make you ill anymore. The longer you take it you'll find the less you care about smoking. You smoke less & less while on the med as the Chantix builds up in your system. Before you know it you'll find you almost "forget" to smoke. The med will still make you quite if you smoke on the med because that's how it's designed to work. Good Luck!
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