I'm wondering how long it took for you Chantix users, past or present, to feel like you no longer needed or wanted to smoke? Tomorrow will be day 4 for me on Chantix and I can tell no difference. I know I'm jumping the gun a bit, but I've known several people to take it for only a couple of days and be sick at just the thought of smoking. Quit day is Sunday and I'm scared I won't be able to quit. Is there really a "magic" day when Chantix will just kick in?
Chantix users: How long did it take you to feel like you didn't need to smoke?
Question posted by anon512 on 5 May 2010
Last updated on 9 November 2021 by Thamailman1136
To be honest with you I do believe that I have gotten to the end of the first color when I felt like I didn’t want to smoke, however I did start back smoking again only because I wasn’t ready to quit. But the chantix did make it super easy for me to stop, and I would highly recommend chantix to anyone who wants to quit smoking…
Im new here so can't tell who has the 1st question about this topic but I have been on chantix for over 6 months and stopped smoking within 4 months. But I had an extremely important & expensive dental procedure coming up that the surgeon couldn't do if I smoked so I was very determined!! Sadly 2 months later I lost my job & finally gave in-to 1/2 a pack a day (I use to smoke almost 2) It honestly isn't magic but you'll be shocked how well it 'makes you forget' you're a smoker or takes your mind off cravings (drastically buy week 6-7). HANG IN THERE! It works! Im on my 2nd round waiting through the nightmares for it to work also..& trust me it will.
Howdy. New old guy. I began having trouble walking. Maybe 2 years before Doctors said I needed Femoral Artery bypasses in both legs. The family Dr. had already written the Rx for Chantix in '08 and the Vascular surgeon said he could fix my legs but if I didn't stop smoking the cigarettes it would happen again. Surgery is scheduled for Nov 2008, I chose to stop smoking and take the Chantix in September. Without smoking. Four months and $640.00 worth. That ended the cigarettes and cigars.
Started chantix September 28th and by October 12th I had 1 cigarette in the morning and it was my last cigarette and I'm on day 8 of not smoking. Still have a few cravings a day but they don't last long. I'm 60 and have been smoking since I was 15. I am determined to quit after I have lost 3 family members to cancer and COPD in the last 3 years. It really feels good not coughing and embarrassing myself because it sounds so gross. Thank goodness my husband doesn't smoke. I want to live longer than my family members did. My brother died when he was 64 of lung cancer. Please stop smoking it's not worth being a slave to cigarettes. Thanks for letting me vent.
I chose to keep smoking while I took Chantix. After about 2 months I didn't need to smoke as badly so I quit. It has been 91 days smoke free but I still have a pretty strong desire. I have reduced my Chantix from two pills a day to one. I want to stop the pills but im afraid I will smoke again.
I just quit 2 weeks ago. I used to smoke one pack a day, 2 weeks ago I was told that I have cancer in my vocal cord. Sometime I use the patches but to be honest I don't think that helps me, what helps me is believing if I quit my treatment will go smooth and I will kick the cancer away. I am 50 years old served 12 years in the United States Army. I do not want leave now I think it is still early little bit and I want to enjoy my last few years. I encourage all of you to stop smoking and don't spend your day with someone who smokes. I will never smoke a cigarette for the rest of my life. I wish you all the best and I know if I did it then you can do it. SO, DO IT.
Your question is the whole reason why I even decided to look it up I am on day 5 just took the morning pill but I still want to smoke here and there I get a little nauseated and I do have a bad taste in my mouth I was really hoping for Wednesday or Thursday to be my quit date I am also really scared as it is approaching very fast I do feel a little anxiety in my chest almost like I can't breathe for a minute but then it goes away even while I was working a 5-hour shift last night and we are not allowed to smoke at work while we're on the clock my chest tightened up after a couple of hours when before I started taking Chantix I never had these issues
Today is day 21 taking chantix, havent smoked since day 7. 1&1/2 packs a day for 30+ years, was down to half a pack on day 7, none on day 8. Use a fidget spinner while driving(major trigger),. Chewing sugarless gum.
It is different for everyone. Last time i was on it, it took a month before i felt like i didnt want to smoke. But it worked great, until my insurance stopped paying for it. Now i have been on it 2 weeks and i can already tell i have less desire to smoke. Stick with it and good luck!
I started chantix on the first of January and have not smoked since. No side effects. I actually have more energy even. I still think about smoking but it goes away quick. The only concern I have is when I finish my last week which is next week, what will happen? I'm hoping I'll continue to not even want one, but I keep thinking that maybe I'll need to get more in order to continue to not smoke. Had anyone had any difficulties after finishing chantix? This will be my third week.
After being a heavy smoker for 43 years I started showing signs of copd. It was way past time to quit. Dr. Prescribed Chantix. I had made my mind up to be done smoking asap. I started first day with a full dose, made me sick so Dr. said to go with 1/2 pill. Next dose was no problem so started next day with a goal of weaning off by allowing 7 cigs first day, 6 cigs next day, so on down the week until on 7th day I lit my “Last Cig”... the taste over the week had become horrid. I put that Cig out and in 8 years have still never, ever felt the urge to smoke again, even can be sitting between smokers and can’t imagine smoking. No problems with side effects except dreams were kinda wild but they weren’t bad dreams. I think Chantix is amazing. I hope it helps many people get those smokes out of their lives. Being a non smoker is a great life.
I've been taking it for approximately 3 months, now. It took about 2 weeks before I realized that I wasn't missing smoking in my car or with my coffee in the a.m., after a meal, with a cocktail, etc. I found, after about a month, the smell of cigarette smoke made me want to retch. The smell has become noxious to me and makes me gag.
There are still some days when I leave work and I find myself thinking, "wow, if I weren't quitting, I'd smoke FOUR on the way home today!!! "
I wouldn't have been able to do this without Chantix. I've smoked on and off (more on than off) for nearly 30 years.
As a side note: I can't take it during the day because it causes wicked nausea for me that I don't experience at night, so I should be taking 2 tabs/day & only take 1. Because of that, I'll probably stay on it for the full recommended 24 weeks. I figure that should help me get over the social/ behavioral stuff, too, and allow me to quit successfully.
I'm on day 4 and although I have a craving, I'm ready!
I too was smoking more I think on and off when I first started taking the chantix . About 2 hours or so after taking the pill-cigarettes tasted horrible and I would put them out, but that only lasted about 2 hours.
I'm battling running over to the store before it closes and buying a pack with the fear of... if I awaken in the middle of the night and want one-I'm Out of luck.
I'm going for it.
I started last Wednesday afternoon. Continued smoking that evening. The next day didn't have a cigarette until after lunch. In a weeks time I have gone from a pack a day to yesterday I had 1/2 a cigarette. Today I had 2. But my urges are not too bad, I can usually work through them fine. I started with half the starter dose because I was too scared of the possible side effects (night mares , etc... ). I would rather it take twice as long and be effective then to go full force and they not work for me.
I started my first package of chantix, i took it for 3 1/2 weeks out of the 4 weeks then i stopped taking it and cigs started to stink. Smoking made me feel dizzy. So on April 24th i woke up and was smoking my morning cig and it made me barf... May 24th was my 1 month completely cig free. Its june 15th i am off chantix still and 100% still cig free... I feel amazing. I can breath alot better i dont cough alot... Best med ever.
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