This is my second day on Chantix and I set my quit day for the 26th. I am still smoking but I have great faith this pill will work mostly because I want to quit. Has anyone had any problems or complaints about the Chantix?
Good for You !!! I used Chantix to break a 50 year smoking habit and have not gone back after two years... the only thing I noticed was after 4 months on Chantix I started getting a little irritable... since they warn about mood changes I decided I'd had enough and stopped ... apparently Chantix worked because I haven't gone back..Good luck !!
Hi! Welcome! I have been on Chantix for about 7 weeks and smoke free since January 20. I am (or was) the friend that everyone has that they say will never quit smoking. I tried last year to quit with the patch and was unsuccessful. The time I was on the patch was honestly one of the most miserable times in my existence. I thought I would smoke forever.
If there were a miracle drug, Chantix is about as close as you are going to get, provided you are like me and don’t get all the side effects, and the ones you do are tolerable. Once I moved up to the 1 mg pills, I found that I got very nauseous when I took the morning pill, tho less nauseous if I were able to eat first. This passed after a few days though. I guess my body got used to it. I haven’t suddenly started having suicidal thoughts though, and my fiancé ( nonsmoker) hasn’t threatened to leave me lol like he did when I was on the patch and apparently a raging b*tch. The only change in personality I have noticed is that while I can be confrontational at times, while on the Chantix I am practically gunning for a fight. I go from zero (pleasant and life is nice) to sixty (I’m going to kill you in your sleep) with very little provocation. However, I am aware of it so can calm back down relatively quickly and my first thought is not “Oh god I need a cigarette”. I have also gotten a little bit of the vivid dreams. Some people say they have nightmares. Luckily I have not. I have had very vivid, but very, very stupid dreams. One night I dreamt my apartment was being overrun with hamsters. They kept multiplying! Why I dreamt of hamsters? Your guess is as good as mine.
I’m not going to lie to you. I have urges to smoke. And in the last week they have been hitting me like it was week one. But they pass. Just like they did in week one. You said you were making your quit day the 26th. The first three days are going to suck. It’s the nicotine coming out of your system. It takes about 72 hours to physically come out of your system. The midway point, 36 hours to about 42 hours, were the toughest for me. I had horrible withdrawal. My vision was jumping around, my bones ached, I felt nauseous, to name a few. But I consoled myself with the thought that once the 72 hours passed, its all mental. The urges will get fewer and further between. I promise you that.
My father, a thirty year 2 pack a day smoker, used to teach a stop smoking seminar. A few tips he gave me that may help you: 1. Put the money you are no longer spending on cigarettes in a special cup or whatever and reward yourself. Maybe you wanted a new watch or pair of shoes. Or you wanted to upgrade the TV you currently have. Or maybe you wanted to take a vacation. I live in NY, so if I am putting my cigarette money aside (10 bux a day) to go to Cancun with my fiancé, I can pay for us both in no time at all. 2. Be aware of and ready for seasonal triggers. For example, Christmas Eve, I always liked to stand outside my fiance’s house and look at all the Christmas lights. Or after all the presents were opened I liked to go outside smoke. I won’t be confronted with either of these triggers til December. Thanksgiving, after that big dinner, you know I was running outside to smoke. Again, wont have to deal with this trigger until November. I just went to dinner with my fiancé, a couple weeks after my quit date, and afterwards as we were coming home, he said how nice it was to have me sit there with him the whole time, that he always hated sitting at the table alone when I went outside to smoke between appetizer and entre. That was nice to hear.
It’s hard and I know how long the road seems, especially with your quit day looming. As cliched as it sounds, it really gets easier every day. I quit with 5 other people from work. I was the only one on Chantix and by the end of the first week, was the only one still smoke free. I definitely could have used a smoke buddy, and if you find you need one. I hope some of my ramblings were helpful. Good luck.
I used it for 2 weeks before my stop date... for the 2nd week, I did not get the surge/hit that you usually get from the nicotine. Am now 1 1/2 mths not smoking... the medicine really helped with the physiological, now I am still working on the mental aspect of not smoking (I smoked for 32 years so this is a big accomplishment for me) I wish you much luck!!!
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