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Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
Chantix (varenicline) for Smoking Cessation: I've been a smoker for well over 30 years. I'm 52 years old. I really love tobacco products - cigars and chew as well as the swisher sweets I had been smoking for the past few years.
This is a miracle, For me and many others. For the rest, it clearly has pretty bad side effects. I was prepared to go through the side effects to get off the smokes, though.
I followed the directions. Smoked like normal for a week while taking the prescribed dose. My desire to smoke diminished and they stopped tasting so good.
I quit after day 7. I did not go through the withdrawal symptoms I expected. There were a few times I wanted a smoke, but turned my attention to something else and the feeling passed. I stopped taking the pills day 10.
Chantix (varenicline) for Smoking Cessation: I have tried everything from hypnosis to acupuncture, patches and gum unfortunately none of them worked. I started on Chantix and followed the program and was free as of May 25, 2011 that is 16 months smoke free, wow what a record.
Chantix (varenicline) for Smoking Cessation: Chantix worked for me although the side effects were no fun for me. I was a pack day smoker for 9 years. Chantix took my cravings and desire to smoke. Experienced vivid dreams, stomach pains, dry mouth and extreme hunger. I stopped taking it after two weeks. For about a month after taking it, I experienced severe depression. I had forgotten that was a symptom so i could not recognize what had caused this until my depression was over. I have never struggled with depression and this took a toll in my work and the way I related with people around me. I started smoking again a month later. Planning on giving it one more chance and this time, Ill be able to RECOGNIZE it. Good luck everyone.
Chantix (varenicline) for Smoking Cessation: My husband and I quit with Chantix 3 1/2 years ago - and yes, we're still non-smokers. Chantix is truly the "magic pill" we used to joke about. We had each been smoking for 30 years and decided to quit when the price started skyrocketing here in NY state. We had our last cigarettes on March 5, 2009. We actually continued smoking for 2 weeks on Chantix, just because we had cigarettes left and decided to finish off what we had. After a week the cigarettes started tasting very, very bad. It got to the point that we were barely smoking a half of each cigarette. Now, I can't stand the smell of cigarettes and can tell immediately if someone is a smoker. I NEVER thought I'd be able to quit, but I did!
Review by yourlagirl (taken for less than 1 month):
Chantix (varenicline) for Smoking Cessation: I started smoking when I was thirteen and I am 37 years old now. I bought Chantix a year ago and tried it but I wasn't ready to quit yet. For the last 6 to 9 months I have noticed that my life was revolving around me being able to smoke, it was like I was planning things out before-hand to be sure I'd have a chance to smoke no matter what the situation was. I was washing my hands all the time, putting lotion on and perfume to cover up the smoke smell and I would even hide my hand at the red light so other people at the red light couldn't see me smoking. I realized how much I hated to smoke but couldn't break the habit, so I was ready. I picked the Chantix back up and took 1 pill for one day, and two pills for a week, and quit.
Review by Maramommy (taken for less than 1 month):
Chantix (varenicline) for Smoking Cessation: After a week and a half I noticed I didn't think about smoking as often. I had completely quit within the first 2 weeks. I haven't had an urge to smoke since. It has been 3 months and I have absolutely no desire to smoke. The smell is awful, but I can even stand to be around it with no urge to light back up. Chantix is worth every penny! Trying to get my friend to try it as well.
Chantix (varenicline) for Smoking Cessation: Smoked for 48 1/2 years - took Chantix for 6 weeks - 1 extreme dream and the rest were just vivid fun dreams. No other side effects. I have been smoke free now for 71 days and will be smoke free for the rest of my life. Like my doctor told me - Your mental outlook will have a lot to do with the "side effects" if it's really what you want to do. Each person is different - try it - if it doesn't work for you - try some thing else.
Chantix (varenicline) for Smoking Cessation: I am on day 8. The only side effect I have had as of now is a headache, I have had it for about 5 days now. I smoked about a pack a day before and I have not had a cigarette today as of yet, I did smoke twice yesterday though. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!
Chantix (varenicline) for Smoking Cessation: I'm 57, smoked a pack of cigarettes per day for 35 years, I'm ashamed to say. Finally got on Chantix 6 week ago, after I CONVINCED my insurance company that I WAS COVERED for it (long story!!).
Began the treatment and smoked 1 and 1/2 cartons of cigs (or about 15 days) before I realized I wasn't getting the CRAVING for a cigarette, it was just that I had a HABIT of smoking first thing in the morning, after eating, or drinking alcohol. No longer a craving, just an activity. And the cigarettes started to taste like cardboard. Once I understood this, I just stopped going outside for a cigarette as I used to. Just stopped it. It was EASY! Early after that point, I would only have a flash of desire for a cig and it went away very quickly.
Chantix (varenicline) for Smoking Cessation: I wanted to comment on Chantix. I was sceptical at first but desperate to do something as I almost died from smoking. I got H1N1 and because of my pack a day habit my lungs were weak enough that I got double pnuemonia and was hospitalized for a week. Almost didn't make it. After that I started smoking again like an idiot and went to Chantix for help. I quit in 4 days..... By the third day the taste of a cig was so terrible that I took one puff and threw it on the ground. I almost had to force myself to smoke. I kept taking the pills for 3 weeks. After that I was done. I still have an urge to smoke once in awhile but it will take years to undo what my 15 years of smoking made me think, act, and do...
Review by T Houston (taken for less than 1 month):
Chantix (varenicline) for Smoking Cessation: During the first week of taking Chantix, I smoked. I did not notice any decrease in my desire to smoke but noticed a significant increase in my tiredness. The beginning of the second week of Chantix, I quit smoking all together. The tiredness was still there and after taking the pill I would have nausea for a short time. It didn't matter if I had just eaten or not. I also became moody, depressed, short-tempered and just generally felt down. I stopped taking the pill today, which has been 2 1/2 weeks on the pill. I'm hoping for no worsening of my mood and energy level.
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
Chantix (varenicline) for Smoking Cessation: So far, so good. Age 54. Smoker for 35 years, recently smoking 35-40 cigs per day. Started Chantix 8 days ago. Currently down to just 2-4 cigarettes per day. So far, no side effects. I expect to be a 'former' smoker within the next few days.
Review by Trying to Save Money (taken for less than 1 month):
Chantix (varenicline) for Smoking Cessation: I'm just entering my 3rd week of using Chantix. It has definitely decreased the craving for cigarettes. However, I find myself having to continue to smoke. I don't smoke as much or even smoke much of the cigarette. I do experience great vivid dreams, not nightmares, the nausea which I have found that wintergreen life savers seem to help settle my stomach, and I'm tired a lot but until reading these other experiences didn't know it was connected. I am currently taking antidepressants medicines and my doctor watches my behavior everyday, since I work in the clinic, and I'm very aware of my moods. I get irritable at times but so far no real depression so hopefully the Celexa I'm on is helping that.
I would recommend it to anyone!
Chantix (varenicline) for Smoking Cessation: Been on Chantix 10 weeks, smoke free for nine weeks. This medicine has been a miracle for me. I tried everything, patches, gum, lozenges.. nothing worked for me. It has been pretty easy for me, my dreams are vivid, but very entertaining, really no other side effects. I cut back to one a day after six weeks, seems to be enough. I plan on weaning myself off at the five month mark. I've actually lost seven pounds since I stopped smoking. As I said, this is a miracle!
Chantix (varenicline) for Smoking Cessation: This is my second week on the medication and I would say it works. I have been smoking for the past 12 years now and tried all the gums, patches, e-cigarettes and even tried hypnotherapy at some point in time but honestly I always end up finding myself lighting another one. But Chantix works. I do not feel like smoking; although smoking has become like an unconditional part of me; but I am trying to avoid the places or events that would trigger the urges.
Chantix (varenicline) for Smoking Cessation: Smoked 1.5 to 2 packs a day for 30 years. Loved every minute of it, but the cost was getting out of control thanks to the liberal wacko's on the left. Used Chantix for a month and it was easy to ignore the smoking urge from the first week on through. No side effects to speak of from the Chantix, Chantix really worked great for me.
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
Chantix (varenicline) for Smoking Cessation: I'm into week two of Chantix, stopped smoking on day 7 after 2 packs a day for over 20 years. Haven't had any side effects. THIS IS A PILL FROM HEAVEN. I've tried every other method. This works.. I would pay $500 a month if I had to. You don't need those cigarettes, and I plan on buying a new boat with all my new money.
Chantix (varenicline) for Smoking Cessation: I'm stopping smoking for years now, tried everything. And I mean EVERYTHING, and repeatedly. I thought this is not going to happen, ever. Then I started Chantix and it is over 4 months now that I did not have a single cigarette. Even though these urges are still there, it definitely takes the edge of it, and makes quitting manageable.
True - you also have to be ready. I just hated it lately, the smell, the whole thing - but was unable to say "no" to it. It is disgusting, nasty habit, and I'm so glad that I did it. I'll NEVER pick up a cigarette again, after all that I have to go through to finally make it. Good luck folks - Chantix works! I didn't even have to finish it all - stopped taking it about half way through the second box.
Chantix (varenicline) for Smoking Cessation: When you look at the overall goal, it was perfect. I quit smoking in three weeks. My wife then tried it and had a similar timeline for success. So one month each was enough for both of us to quit smoking. We were each about a two pack a week smoker. We have both been quit for 3 years. I would recommend it, although I did experience some strange dreams, constipation, and nausea. I still believe overall it was worth the downsides. Everything returned to normal after I quit taking the medicine.
Chantix (varenicline) for Smoking Cessation: I love Chantix for helping me quit smoking. The only side effect I have had is a little nausea, which goes away quickly and it often alleviated with food. My dreams may be a little more vivid, but nothing very scary. I have been a non-smoker for over a month now and I feel GREAT! I highly recommend Chantix to anyone quitting smoking.
Chantix (varenicline) for Smoking Cessation: Today is my 83rd day smoke free. Chantix has been a miracle for me. I quit the day before I had a minor surgery. I haven't looked back since. While I would not say it has been easy; it has been MUCH EASIER than I imagined. I rarely even think about smoking anymore.
I was a 1-2 pack, 10 year smoker and never in a million years would I have thought that I would ever get to the point where I would go an entire day and not think about cigarettes. Its only been 83 days, yet it seems like year's ago that I smoked. I can drink and be around smokers and barely even flinch at having one.
Chantix (varenicline) for Smoking Cessation: Try it. If you get depressed, sad, etc, then stop taking it. It is so worth it. Life is so much more free and easy. I am now pregnant (quit before we started trying) and can't imagine now having to quit without Chantix. It's the crutch you need and it gets easier with each day and week that passes.
Chantix (varenicline) for Smoking Cessation: I am a 56 year old RN, have smoked a total of 30 years with a 15 year break before starting again 5 years ago. I love smoking, so this has been difficult, but due to a strong family history of cancer and COPD, I am going to try and stick with the Chantix regimen. So far my side effects have included vivid scarey dreams, gas and bloating, distractibility/difficulty concentrating, irritability, and a 10 lb weight gain in 2 weeks on the medication. The weight gain bothers me the most, as I have gone up 2 jeans sizes in that time period, but quitting smoking highly outweighs the side effects. My goal is to quit by my son's high school graduation June 10th. Good luck to all who are pursing this goal!
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