I have lived with pretty crippling anxiety my entire life. I have tried some anti-depressants and never liked the side effects, especially if I missed a dose. I have been taking Chantix for 2 1/2 weeks now. I can't recall a time in my life where I have seen this clear. I see a bigger picture, and I can communicate. Has anyone else with an anxiety issue see big changes like this? I can explain in more detail if needed(for the first time in my life!).
Do you know that Chantix IS an antidepressant? Or did you think it was some other type of med? (You don't clarify that in your question, and I'm curious to know if you knew Chantix is an antiD.)
Best wishes and I hope you've continued success with Chantix!
If you've stopped smoking that could be the reason you feel better
so far you are the only other person i have found to say these things. I was taken off of Chantix because it is only for short term use and given a different medication. I feel horrible. I have looked at the Google to find out why it is not for long term use. The only conclusion I can come up with is that it was pushed through the FDA trials and they just do not know what the affects are for long term use.
I too have lived with horrible anxiety for the past few years... and just recently took Chantix to quit smoking... I havent felt this good in years.. and am almost saddened of the fact that its just a temporary drug!! My doctor said she wont prescribe it long term..so im a little bummed!!! I just took my last pill of the first month a few days ago... and am so worried of slipping back into that darkness!! Chantix needs to be a marketable antidepressant/anxiety pill!! There are a few of us "atypicals" that this drug works wonderful for!!
I registered just for this because I think this is important, and that others who've had this experience need to speak up so that chantix can be further tested as an antidepressant or more. I am so happy to see others have had the same experience that I've had.
I can't go into details about my experience but I will say that I believe chantix could treat some severe depressive and other psychological issues, even at smaller doses.
I've been taking a single 1mg dose daily for over two years and it has had a profound positive impact on my quality of life in ways no other options could. That, and I don't smoke anymore!
Chantix treats my anxiety, depression, and ADD. It has been a wonder, and like you, the relief is very measurable. After many years of taking other medications including: Wellbutrin, Paxil, Imipramine, Vyvanse,,, Chantix works best for me and with fewer side effects. You mention seeing clearer. I feel this too as if a weight is off. It may also increase concentration. I was playing with online IQ tests a few months ago and felt "clear" when I took one the other day. My IQ increased 20 points. I've been able to quit smoking, binge drinking, and am not as depressed, unfocused, or anxious. This is not the first time this has happened. Two years ago when I took Chantix to stop smoking, the anxiety/depression cure was there. I told my doctors about it and was told that the drug can only be prescribed for smoking cessation. I continued with Wellbutrin, but relapsed smoking and the depression was back.
I have major depression and ADD and have for 15 years. I've been a smoker for 25 years. I was just recently diagnosed with emphysema at the age of 38. Dr told me I have to quit smoking ASAP!!! Scared out of my mind knowing how much I rely on nicotine especially in times of stress I knew my only option was Chantix. I heard about all the crazy side effects and was a little concerned because of my depression but decided to chance it. Holy crap!!! I'm now on day 17 and have never felt better. I feel like a fog has lifted. I am seeing things so much clearer. I've been prescribed every anti depressant on the market and nothing has worked like this. So glad I didn't listen to the naysayers and went with my gut. Sure the first week and a half I experienced some nausea, dizziness, and headaches but it's all been worth it. I was smoking a pack a day and am now at 6 cigarettes a day. I'm with everyone else who says this should be marketed as an anti depressant. I love Chantix!!!
I've been on too many anti depressants to name. Occasional anti anxiety medication but I hate how all those meds made me feel. Any other anti depressant makes everything worse. I am feeling my best on Chantix. I relapsed and smoked through the summer and it's my third time on Chantix. It works for quitting smoking and definitely I feel happier, calmer and clearer too
I too experienced less anxiety with chantix. I have quit smoking and currently on a weaning process for chantix. I told my Dr how much better I felt from day one on chantix. I take celexa for anxiety but really noticed a difference when I started chantix. I asked my Dr if there was a med like chantix I could use and stay on for anxiety. He said he' d research it. A pharmacist explained to me since chantix is not prescribed for anxiety, Drs would not want to prescribe it, or allow patients to stay on it for long. Thanks bev calif
Hello - I've had mild to severe anxiety since my early 20's. A proportion of this can be attributed to genetics as my mother and one sister also suffer from it. I didn't want to go on medication to control it as I didn't want to be dependent on medication, however I did want to stop smoking in 2013 and went on Champix (VARENICLINE), and found it pretty much immediately relieved my anxiety. In addition to helping me just not care about smoking anymore, it also curbed my desire to binge drink (or really drink any alcohol), which I was doing on account of terrible anxiety and OCD (repetitive thoughts on a cycle for me).
In December last year, I had a mini breakdown of sorts and for my own safety really had to seek treatment, I saw my Doctor, a Psychiatrist and a Psychologist, who all supported my decision to use Champix instead of any other drug, I was back smoking so I could get the treatment via these means.
It's been about four weeks since I started, and I went straight to 1mg/day without loading first as expected, this should be talked about with a health care professional first - however, I've not felt this grounded and clear in a number of years - and it's with sheer relief I can report my experience as being a positive one. I want to be clear that I am using Champix as an anti-anxiety medication first, and an anti-smoking drug second. I always have to make sure I've eaten properly beforehand as if not I can get an enormous wave of nausea about ten minutes after taking it, and I think it's made it a bit harder to get to sleep, but when I do, I've dreamt whole films (I work in film & tv), but I've also had some pretty weird nightmares - the only difference now though is that the nightmares don't bother me, as I have a clear enough mind to just accept it as a nightmare instead of relating it to my real world, repeatedly.
I am worried after I finish my 24 weeks, where I will be without the ability to secure Champix as my assistance, as I know I will need at least a year or slightly more to really repair and rebuild the damage debilitating anxiety has done, but I am looking into ways I can get health care professionals in Australia to seek that VARENICLINE gets put on the register for consumer consumption use as an anti-anxiety medication.
I have heard a lot of reports that people, possibly not suffering from any anxiety or mood disorders do go the other way, and the medication has the reverse effects on them, but I would suggest this medication to others suffering really bad anxiety, as I can't put into words what it's like now, to be able to live a calmer life has had such a positive affect on my life.
Just wanted to share my experience in the hope the drug moves out of smoking cessation and into mental health management.
As a sideline - my Doctor also said she has a patient that takes Champix to curb her problem gambling... so really it should be looked at and studied to see if it could be of assistance to a wider scope of mental health disorders.
Thanks for taking the time to read, cheers.
It works for me, with depression. As far as the smoking, it makes it so feel good enough so I can pass on it. I really don't smoke a lot, to be honest, only when I hit a low, but it seems once I get off the Chantix, I start feeling low again. It's just too bad this is considered a "smoking drug" and not more of an antidepressant. I can't take other antidepressants, they mess with my appetite, and for someone with a history of an eating disorder, you can't have that.
I have wanted to Quit and use the Chantix to do it but have been terrified due to my anxiety and some of the side effects it may cause thank you for your post and I am going to take the chance and hope to have your same response
I too felt the same way - but I did have a bad reaction when I stuffed up my dose (wrong timing, missed a dose, doubled up next dose) so I would advise to take care - I was moved onto Zyban (an older version) I think it's Welbutrin in the US - no reactions other than anxiety eased & getting on with life a lot better - cannot drink on these drugs as the liver processes the drug too quickly to uptake - good luck but be vigilant with your dosage.
You can't stay on chantix indefinitely. It is made for short-term treatment, specifically for smoking cessation. I agree with you, when I took it, it was the best relief at the time for my anxiety. But, I have experienced just as much relief from my chronic anxiety by taking wellbutrin! It works on the same brain receptors. As a matter of fact, Zyban is another form of wellbutrin (bupropion) which is prescribed specifically to help people to quit smoking. I have taken many antidepressants in the past, but wellbutrin has always been my go-to med when my anxiety creeps up over the years.
Yes! I took it for six months taking half a dose. My doctor would not prescribe Chantix except to quit smoking even when I reported that my depression responded very well for the first time in my life.
I hope studies are conducted immediately to approve Chantix for anxiety and depression.
- Chantix Information for Consumers
- Chantix Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Chantix (detailed)
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