So I started Chantix 5 days ago and I'm still smoking. I think I misunderstood what the drug was about. I thought that I would stop enjoying the taste of cigarettes like I did when I took Zyban. But now I'm starting to realize that maybe it just makes the quitting easier? My cigarettes still taste fine to me. Which is it? Am I supposed to lose the taste for a cigarette or am I just not going to freak out as much when I quit? Thanks in advance folks.
There is nothing that will "magically" stop you from smoking! You have to make an effort. With Chantix, you should pick a date (usually within a week of starting the medication) as a "quit date". The Chantix should help you have less cravings. It doesnt work for everyone and it wont do it without effort on your part.
Hi Kubert. 5 days in isn't very far in yet even tho it is a fantastic start! Congrats for starting the quitting process!! With Chantix depending on the Dr & their opinion on how long they tell the patient they can smoke. The recommended stop date varies from 5 days to 21 days after starting the Chantix. What you have to understand about chantix is its not a fairies wish granted that'll just make you quit. It is a tool that will help you quit. Your gonna have some cravings to smoke & its up to you to find the will power, self control & distraction to keep you from giving in to that urge. Right now tho you havent been on chantix long enough for it to be fully working. It'll ease the craving a little more. Stay strong. You can do this!
Hi everyone. Thanks for the words of encouragement. I must admit I misunderstood what Chantix would do for me from the beginning. I thought it would make me not want to smoke. I was wrong. Let me tell you my experience:
I took it for several weeks before I tried to quit. I became more and more irritable everyday. I literally got to the point where I wanted to rip everyone's face off. Now, I've quit smoking a zillion times using other methods and even cold turkey didn't make me as angry as I was with Chantix. On top of everything else, I couldn't go poo which may have made me even more irritable... who knows? (yes I'm totally serious).
In addition, Chantix definitely made me gain some weight. I was eating very well, but I couldn't lose a single pound. I eventually had to stop using the Chantix because I felt as though I would get fired from my job for saying the wrong thing to the wrong person... plus it was a particularly busy time for me. Once I stopped the Chantix, I was able to lose weight and I most definitely calmed down. The anger subsided.
The two benefits to Chantix was that I slept better than I had in years and it definitely made it easier to "not smoke." Funny how I didn't mind not smoking, but I wanted to murder everyone I saw because of the pills (not literally).
So a couple months later, I decide to tackle quitting again. I did use the Chanitx sparingly. I started taking the lowest dosage the day before I quit and once a day for a week just to take the edge off. Then I stopped it completely. It helped with the first week and the rest is on me. I'm 3 weeks cigarette free and I'm very determined to keep this going.
Unfortunately for me... though the Chantix does work, I could not tolerate all the irritability, anger, and poop-less days. Hopefully this will work out this time. I'm really optimistic about it.
Good luck to all!
I have tried Chantix also after several years of smoking. The medication was very helpful in helping me cut back greatly. However, I found the side effects to be so extreme. I stopped taking the medication and have not tried cessation products again. I have a friend who was able to quit with Chantix and had not smoked for several years. She did suffer for a long time from cravings for a smoke.
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